Singapore MPA issues new bunker sampling requirements

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has issued Port Marine Circular No. 4/ 2007 giving new requirements for bunker sampling. As from 1 October 2007 a maximum of five (5) bunker samples will be required when bunkering off Singapore.

 

Click here for a Circular from DNV Petroleum Services giving detailed guidance on the new requirements.

 

This Circular implies that it is the supplier who is required to control the sampling process. It appears to INTERTANKO that it is the testing companies which need to amend their procedures to ensure that ships do not take their own separate samples. The question is whether, under the new procedures, crews will be prevented from taking independent samples onboard a foreign flag vessel. This is an essential issue since ships will need to use independent laboratories to test the quality of the fuels they purchase. The new procedure, which requires that the bunker supplier takes the samples and distributes a finite number to the involved parties, may have a significant impact on the ability of the ship to learn in due time of the quality of the fuel delivered to them and thus the safety of using it.

 

Contact: Dragos Rauta or Tim Wilkins