Digital Bunkering

Overview of Digital Bunkering initiative

In Jul 2023, IMO has formally confirmed that bunker deliver notes (BDNs) are acceptable in either hard copy or digital form – refer to the MEPC.1/Circ.795/Rev.8 for the Unified interpretations to MARPOL Annex VI.

Digital Bunkering initiative seeks to digitalise bunkering processes and documentations such as electronic bunker delivery note (eBDN), bunker requisition form, checklists, and other forms. The objectives are to: (1) improve efficiency and productivity by streamlining bunker processes and automating routine tasks, (2) increase transparency by providing greater visibility on operations and ensuring information integrity, and (3) enhance crew safety by reducing physical movements between vessels. It also automates Business-to-Government regulatory reporting, where key bunkering-related information will be sent to MPA automatically after every bunkering operation.

 

Digital Bunkering

 

A new Specification for digital bunkering supply chain documentation is expected to be published in Q1 2024 to enable standards and interoperability between different systems. In addition, the Singapore Standard Code of Practice for Bunker Mass Flow Metering (SS648:2019) will be revised to incorporate digital bunkering workflow and processes.

Implementation Plan

From 1st November 2023, bunker suppliers can start issuing electronic bunker delivery note (eBDN) and bunkering documentation required under the Singapore Standard (SS 648 – Code of Practice for Bunker Mass Flow Metering) through the digital bunkering solutions whitelisted by MPA.  Please also refer to the Port Marine Circular (No. 12 of 2023) for the guidelines for bunker craft operators and suppliers and the vessels receiving bunker.

MPA will require all bunkering operations in Singapore to go digital (i.e., use electronic processes and documentation) after this initial period, which will be announced at a later date. MPA will also be exploring further enhancements, such as the use of smart data logger and transmission of Mass Flow Meter (MFM) profile.

The implementation of Digital Bunkering solutions is an opportunity for business transformation. MPA is working with Enterprise Singapore and Workforce Singapore to support companies on their transformation journeys.

Whitelisted Digital Bunkering solutions

MPA whitelists Digital Bunkering solutions to ensure conformance to bunkering standards, cybersecurity, baseline functionality, risk management and regulatory reporting requirements .

Bunker craft operators and suppliers can reach out to the solution providers below to find out more about the whitelisted Digital Bunkering solutions. This is a preliminary list which will be updated further as more solution providers get whitelisted or delisted.

Solution Provider Contact details Solution name Email domain(s)/URL(s) to allow access to the digital bunkering solution(s)

Angsana Technology Pte. Ltd.

(Effective 1 Nov 2023)

Ang See Lin

(slang@angsanatech.com)

BunkerFlow

Email domain:

bunkerflow.io

 

URL:

*.bunkerflow.io

 

ZeroNorth (BTS Pte. Ltd.)

(Effective 1 Nov 2023)

Goh Kwong Heng

(kwongheng.goh@zeronorth.com)

 

Dharma Reddy

(sreenivas.dharma@zeronorth.com)

digitalBunkering@Sea

Email domain:

zeronorth.com

 

URL:

*.digitalbunkering.app

 

Bunkerchain Pte. Ltd.

(Effective 1 Nov 2023)

Vance Loh

(vance.loh@bunkerchain.io)

 

Leon Ling

(leon.ling@bunkerchain.io)

Touch and Sail (non MVP version)

Email domain:

bunkerchain.io

 

URL:

*.touchandsail.bunkerchain.io

 

 

ADP Clear Pte. Ltd.

(Effective 1 Jan 2024)

Jaqueline Tomasini

(Jaqueline.tomasini@adpclear.io)

 

Simon Lock

(Simon.lock@adpclear.io)

Advanced Delivery Platform

Email domain:

adpclear.io

 

URL:

*.adpclear.io

 

 

MPA shall not be responsible or liable for any expenses, losses or damages incurred by, or action taken against, the user(s) of whitelisted solution(s). Users, including bunker suppliers, bunker craft operators, surveyors, and bunker buyers, are required to conduct its own due diligence before adopting any whitelisted solution(s).

 

Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions. For any other queries, you may contact DigitalBunker@mpa.gov.sg.

Click here for information on the Digital Bunkering Call for Proposals that was launched in 2021.