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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on May 17, 2018 at 7:11 PM

17-May-2018
MANDATORY ADOPTION OF MASS FLOW METERING SYSTEM FOR DISTILLATES DELIVERY
Singapore

NEW TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR CHANNEL ACCESS AND BERTHING
Port Botany & Port Kembla, Australia

TESTING OF AIRBORNE SENSOR OFF ST JOHN’S ISLAND
Singapore

Mandatory adoption of mass flow metering system for distillates delivery
Thursday, May 17, 2018, Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has mandated the use of the Mass Flow Metering (MFM) system for marine fuel oil delivery in the Port of Singapore since 1 January 2017. This has greatly improved the operational efficiency and productivity of the bunker industry. It also enhanced transparency in bunkering operations.

On 26 April 2018, following the successful completion of test-bedding the use of the MFM system for distillates delivery, MPA announced the mandatory use of MFM to bunker tankers delivering distillates in the Port of Singapore from 1 July 2019. Accordingly, all bunker tankers delivering distillates to ocean-going ships shall be fitted with MPA-approved MFM system by 30 June 2019.

To help the industry defray part of the cost in installing the MFM system, companies may apply to MPA for co-funding of up to $60,000 per bunker tanker. All existing bunker tankers licensed by MPA to deliver distillates as at 26 April 2018 are eligible for this co-funding except for those that have already received co-funding support from MPA when the MFM for Marine Fuel Oil was implemented. Recipients of the co-funding will have to deploy their bunker tankers in the Port of Singapore for a period of at least one year from the date of approval by MPA. All bunker craft owners or operators of bunker tankers eligible for the co-funding will be notified by MPA on the application progress.

All MPA licensed bunker supplier, bunker craft operators, bunker surveying companies and bunker surveyors shall adhere strictly to the terms and conditions of their licenses and relevant technical requirements for distillates deliveries by MFM in the Port of Singapore from 1 July 20198. MPA will take firm action against any licensee who has acted in contravention of their licenses, including suspending or revoking their bunker licenses, as appropriate.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.4 of 2018

New terms and conditions for channel access and berthing
Thursday, May 17, 2018, Port Botany & Port Kembla, Australia

NSW Ports will introduce new terms and conditions for channel access and berthing at common user wharves and dedicated facilities at Port Botany and Port Kembla from 1 July 2018.

The new terms and conditions will apply to owners, charterers and/or operators of vessels that access of use the channels or access, use or occupy the berths at the ports (Standard Terms).

A copy of the Standard Terms can be viewed online at www.nswports.com.au/assets/Uploads/Standard-Terms-Chennel-Facilities2.pdf

For further details and information about operations at Australia ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Testing of airborne sensor off St John’s Island
Thursday, May 17, 2018, Singapore

From 19 to 20 May, testing of an airborne sensor will be carried out in the waters east of St John’s Island.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.48 of 2018 dated 16 May 2018, the testing will be conducted between 0800 and 1800 hours on Saturday 19 May and Sunday 20 May within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1. 01 deg. 13.133’N / 103 deg. 51.137’E
2. 01 deg. 12.960’N / 103 deg. 51.229’E
3. 01 deg. 12.925’N / 103 deg. 51.137’E

There will be no night activity.

Objects will be placed on the water to test an airborne sensor.

A safety boat will be in attendance at all times to warn and re-direct craft in the vicinity to keep clear of the working area.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) keep well clear and not enter the working area
b) maintain a proper lookout
c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution
d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control)
and
e) communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

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

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