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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

INTERTANKO WELCOMES REVISION OF BUNKER SAMPLING PROCEDURES IN SINGAPORE

INTERTANKO welcomes the news from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announcing their agreement to the amendment of their Bunkering CP 60 procedures with regard to the location of bunker sampling. From January 2002 the new standard bunkering procedure requires that bunker samples for the delivery of bunkers to ships will take place at the ‘point of custody transfer’, which is at the vessel’s main bunker receiving manifold.

It is understood that this decision was taken after exhaustive discussions with industry despite significant resistance from the bunker supply side of the industry.

This decision for commercial transactions follows the position adopted by INTERTANKO at IMO (MEPC) when amending the then proposed guidelines for the taking of the mandatory retention bunker sample as required by Annex VI of MARPOL. The amendment to these guidelines required that the bunker sample be taken at the ‘receiving vessel’s bunker manifold’. It follows therefore that Singapore, which is one of the three current signatories to this Annex, would adopt the same procedure for their own National Bunkering Standard guidelines.

INTERTANKO very much welcomes this important news and supports the position adopted by the MPA as it sets a standard for other bunkering ports to follow and recognises the most logical bunker sampling location. This should assist the avoidance of disputes regarding the quality of bunkers actually delivered to vessels by the bunker suppliers.