AMENDMENT TO SINGAPORE'S BUNKERING PROCEDURE: SAMPLING LOCATION TO BE ON BOARD THE RECEIVING VESSEL

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has proposed the amendment of CP 60, the code of practice for bunkering by bunker tankers / barges, and the Singapore Standard for bunkering.

The MPA proposed that custody transfer sampling on board the receiving vessel should be the sampling location for sample taking in Singapore. Currently, CP 60 states that there should be only one location for bunker sampling and in the absence of a prior agreement between buyers and sellers, the bunker sample should be taken on board the bunker tanker. 

This amendment will bring the Singapore Standard in line with the international standard, ISO 8217, which specifies fuel standards and states that the properties of fuels are determined at the time and place of custody transfer. The place of custody transfer is the point where the bunker fuel passes the rail of the receiving vessel.   Bunker samples should be taken at the custody transfer point, i.e. at the bunker manifold flange of the receiving vessel. 

INTERTANKO welcomes this development, which has been one of the long-standing issues on INTERTANKO’s Bunker Sub-Committee's agenda. 

According to the MPA, the CP 60 has brought the industry forward by setting minimum standards for bunkering. The number of bunker disputes has reduced and bunker sales have grown. However, there are still some disputes on bunker quality and MPA is endeavouring to further improve the standard of bunkering.