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Friday, October 19, 2018

POTENTIAL HARMFUL COMPONENTS IN SINGAPORE BUNKERS - MPA TAKES ACTION

Further to the Bunker Alert in Weekly News No. 46/2001 regarding harmful components in Singapore bunkers, the Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has taken stern and immediate action against two bunker tankers SB 469B (M.T. ALEXANDREA) and SB 435H (M.T. MEMPHIS), which MPA has identified as having been involved in the delivery of the alleged contaminated bunker fuels. MPA has suspended the licences of these two bunker tankers while investigations continue in order to safeguard Singapore's reputation as a bunker port, and to isolate the problem.

In its Port Marine Circular no. 32, addressed to the Bunker Suppliers / Bunker Craft Owners/ Operators / Shipping Community, MPA warns that it will suspend or cancel bunkering licences of bunker suppliers or craft operators found delivering contaminated bunker fuels to ships. Bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators are reminded that bunker fuels delivered to vessels in port should comply with the ISO 8217 standard. Attention is drawn to the general requirements of the standard that the fuel should not include any added substance or chemical waste which jeopardizes the safety of ships or adversely affects the performance of the machinery, or is harmful to personnel.

INTERTANKO applauds MPA's quick action and is appreciative of its professional and responsible approach in responding to the feedback from the industry.