De-bunkering in Port

De-bunkering operations in port can be carried out only with the express permission of the Port Master. An application for the process must be made.

Application for de-bunkering operation in port

Regulation 44 of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations 1997 states:

"No person shall cause or permit a vessel to undertake ship to ship transfer of bulk liquid without the written permission of the Port Master and except under such conditions as the Port Master may impose."

Pursuant to the above, the Port Master would consider granting permission to the owner, agent, master or person-in-charge of a vessel to offload her bunkers, i.e. Marine Fuel Oil (MFO), Marine Diesel Oil (MDO) and/or Marine Gas Oil (MGO), from the vessel's bunker tank(s) provided that the intended de-bunkering operation is due to any of the following reasons:

  • The vessel needs to enter a local shipyard for repairs, docking, etc.
  • The vessel received wrong grade(s) of bunker fuel from her last call to Singapore Port.
  • Other reason(s) subject to the approval by the Port Master.

In this regard, the owner, agent, master, bunker supplier, bunker craft operator or person-in-charge will submit a completed application form for a de-bunkering operation at least three working days before the intended date of the operation to the Bunker Services Department at the following address or fax number:

Bunker Services Department
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
7B Keppel Road #21-07
Tanjong Pagar Complex
Singapore 089055
Fax: (+65) 6221 1742

For further enquires, please contact our officer at phone number (+65) 6325 2308 or (+65) 6325 2310.