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Wednesday, 11 July, 2012  

First commercial bunker delivery in Singapore using mass flow metering system

- ExxonMobil-chartered bunker tanker is the first in the industry to adopt a system for mass flow metering approved by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) for bunker fuel delivery
- Enables breakthrough in measurement integrity
- Represents milestone for industry, following careful feasibility studies led by MPA and SPRING Singapore

An ExxonMobil-chartered bunker tanker is the first in Singapore to use a mass flow metering system that has been approved by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) for bunker fuel transfers. The custody transfer between the bunker tanker MTEmissary and Kota Layang took place on 11 July, 2012.

The transfer followed approvals received from MPA on 1 June this year, for the adoption of the mass flow metering system by MT Emissary for the custody transfer of bunker fuels to vessels in the Port of Singapore.

"The transfer of bunkers using the mass flow metering system as another official custody measurement of bunker quantity is a significant milestone for the bunkering industry in Singapore. As the world’s largest bunkering port, Singapore sees more than 40 million tonnes in bunker sales each year. It is important for us to leverage on technology to further enhance the efficiency and transparency of the bunker delivery process. We have set aside $1 million from the Maritime Innovation and Technology Fund to support further research, development and test-bedding of mass flow meters for bunkering applications,” said Dr Parry Oei, MPA’s Director for Port Services.

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF) has been actively involved in a working group comprising various industry stakeholders, led by MPA and SPRING Singapore, to develop and validate the use of a reliable and accurate system for mass flow meters in bunkering operations in Singapore.

Prior to the custody transfer, the mass flow meter was verified and sealed by the Weights and Measures Office (WMO) under SPRING Singapore. EMMF, bunker tanker-owner Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd, MPA and SPRING Singapore, also worked, in close consultation with a cross section of industry and technical experts, in a collaborative working group, to develop the mass flow metering system and procedures for bunker deliveries by MT Emissary. Several trials were successfully carried out on MT Emissary to validate the performance and ensure the integrity of the system, before MPA gave the final approval.

Mr. Seah Khen Hee, the key convenor of the working group, said: “The activities of the group, together with MPA, SPRING and in partnership with ExxonMobil, support the validation and endorsement of a mass metering option for the bunker industry in Singapore with tangible benefits for both deliverer and customer in the form of a secure and accurate system, enhanced transparency, improved efficiency and cost effectiveness.”

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels’ Asia Pacific General Manager Damon Davis said: “We are proud to be the first supplier in Singapore to launch a mass flow metering system that has been approved by MPA for the commercial transfer of bunker fuel.”

He added: “Technology, coupled with expertise and knowledge of the bunkering process, has allowed us to elevate measurement integrity to a new level. ExxonMobil is constantly evolving to better serve our customers and we believe that the mass flow metering solution will further increase the efficiency and transparency of the bunkering process.”

About ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF)

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels, a global business in the ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company, is a global leader in the supply of marine fuels. It provides products to customers across the globe, ranging from passenger to cargo vessels, including container, dry bulk, cruise ships, ferries, tugboats, tankers and fishing vessels. It sells and safely delivers high quality products to customers.

About the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore's strategic maritime interests. MPA is the driving force behind Singapore's port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative. MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, expand the cluster of maritime ancillary services, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development.

About SPRING Singapore

SPRING Singapore is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry responsible for helping Singapore enterprises grow and building trust in Singapore products and services. As the national standards and accreditation body, SPRING develops and promotes an internationally-recognised standards and quality assurance infrastructure. SPRING also oversees the safety of general consumer goods in Singapore. As the enterprise development agency, SPRING works with partners to help enterprises in financing, capability and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets. Please visit for more information about SPRING Singapore.

About Pacific International Lines

Pacific International Lines (PIL) incorporated in 1967 has developed from a coastal ship-owner/operator in Singapore to become one of the largest shipowners in Asia. Today, it is ranked 18th amongst the top containership operators in the world. PIL has diversified into logistics related activities such as supply chain management, consolidation/distribution facilities, warehousing, container depot operations, trucking as well as having interest in ship-agencies worldwide, container manufacturing, marine engineering and real estate.

As of July 2012, PIL owns and operates a fleet of 153 vessels with a total TEU capacity of about 297,520 TEUs. 15 new container vessels with a total capacity of 68,600 TEUs and including 8 new multi-purpose vessels and 5 bulk carriers which will be delivered by December 2013.


Karen Wong (Ms)
Media & Communications Advisor, Public and Government Affairs
ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (Singapore)
DID: (65) 6885-8275
Hp: (65) 9692-4132
Fax: (65) 6885-8292

Diviya Dharshini (Ms)
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications Department
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
DID: (65) 6375-1648
Hp: (65) 9017-1374
Fax: (65) 6276-8927

Geraldine Tan (Ms)
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
SPRING Singapore
DID: 6279-3199
Hp: 9643-3816

Captain Yoon Peng Kwan
Deputy General Manager
Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd (Operator of Kota Layang)
DID: (65) 6321 6817 / 6225 2732
Fax: (65) 6323 1092