Singapore to Adopt Digital Bunker Delivery Notes From November

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Singapore to Adopt Digital Bunker Delivery Notes From November
Singapore to Adopt Digital Bunker Delivery Notes From November

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority crew will be encouraged to use MPA-approved mobile and cloud-based applications to complete and issue bunkering paperwork under the project.

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said on Monday that it will launch a digital bunkering project on November 1, making the city-state the first in the world to employ electronic bunker fuel delivery notes.

Physical documents holding information on fuel oil supplies will be replaced by digital notes. Fuel providers, ship owners, operators, and crew will be required to use MPA-approved mobile and cloud-based applications to complete and issue bunkering paperwork under the project.

Since January of this year, over 100 trials involving more than 20 organisations have been undertaken in Singapore.

Ocean Network Express (ONE), a container transportation company, concluded a digital bunkering pilot with oil major Shell in September.

The bunkering documentation for pre-delivery and post-delivery was sent to all parties prior to the ships’ departure, according to a statement issued by ONE on Monday.

The MPA will collect user feedback to improve the MPA-approved applications, with intentions to make digital bunkering notes essential by the end of 2024.

Additionally, the applications will automatically convey MPA-required bunkering information, lowering compliance costs and increasing efficiency.

By removing the physical transfer of bunker paperwork between vessels, the digital solution is expected to speed procedures and increase crew safety.

According to the MPA, new specifications for digital bunkering supply chain documentation will be developed, and the code of practice for bunker mass flow metering will be updated to accommodate electronic bunkering notes.

MPA is also collaborating with government agencies Enterprise Singapore and Workforce Singapore to assist marine enterprises in the early adoption of digital bunkering and to provide any necessary training, according to the agency.

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