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GAC 01072014Mass Flow Metering System for MFO delivery
July 29, 2014, Singapore, all ports

As the world’s leading bunkering port, it is important for Singapore to provide quality bunkering services to vessels lifting bunkers in the port. The use of the Mass Flow Metering (MFM) system for bunkering in the Port of Singapore will not only enhance transparency in the bunkering process, but also improve operational efficiency and increase the productivity of the bunker industry.

As announced on 8 April 2014, MPA [Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore] will be mandating the use of an MPA-approved MFM system for Marine Fuel Oil (MFO) delivery in the Port of Singapore from 1 January 2017.

i. EXISTING BUNKER TANKERS

All existing bunker tankers operating in port will be required to be fitted with an MPA-approved MFM for MFO delivery by 31 December 2016.

ii. NEW BUNKER TANKERS

All new bunker tankers applying for Harbour Craft (Bunker Tanker) licence from 31 December 2014 onwards will be required to be fitted with an MPA-approved MFM for MFO delivery.

As part of MPA’s ongoing efforts to assist the maritime industry, MPA will be offering a lump sum incentive of S$80, 000 for each existing bunker tanker (as at 8 April 2014) delivering MFO in the Port of Singapore. The incentive will be given out upon MPA’s approval of the fitted MFM system. All Bunker Craft Owners or Operators of bunker tankers eligible for the incentive will be notified by MPA on the application process for the incentives.

You may refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Generic MFM procedure for Bunkering via the following links.

www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/pdf/faq_mfm.pdf

www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/pdf/generic_mfm_delivery_procedure.pdf

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.08 of 2014 dated 29 July 2014

Fire on board a speedboat (safety practices)
July 29, 2014, Hong Kong, all ports

A fire broke out onboard a locally licensed speedboat off the Trio Island, Sai Kung. The fire started at a storage box which was fixed near the coxswain’s seat of the speedboat, and the fire was spread out quickly. The coxswain of the speedboat was missing in the accident. His body was found six days later at the southwest of the Steep Island, Sai Kung.

The investigation into the accident revealed that the most probable cause of the fire was the ignition of the vaporized gasoline, which was accumulated and trapped inside the storage box, by a naked flame.

Lessons learnt from this accident are:

(a) spare gasoline fuel should be stowed in containers of closed type specifically designed by manufacturer for the carriage of gasoline;

(b) fuel container should be placed at open and well ventilated space; and

(c) gasoline is highly inflammable, any forms of naked flame such as lighted cigarette and spark generator etc. should be kept away from the gasoline container.

The attention of vessels’ operators and crew are drawn to the above when using gasoline fuel onboard their vessels.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.93 of 2014

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“Jo”

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