Asia’s bunkering sector advances in 2021
IBIA’s Asia office is proud to be part of Singapore’s thriving bunkering scene
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced in mid-January 2022 that 2021 total bunker sales were close to 50 million tonnes. Total bunkering volumes in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering port, have increased over the past three years, from 47.5 million tonnes in 2019 to 49.9 million tonnes, despite having to cope with the Covid 19 pandemic. IBIA Asia office, which is based in Singapore, is proud to be part of the growing bunker industry in Singapore.
We also wish to congratulate our IBIA members who make it to Singapore’s top 10 bunker licensed suppliers in 2021 – Vitol Bunkers (S) Pte Ltd, TFG Marine Pte Ltd, Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd, BP Singapore Pte Limited, Sentek Marine & Trading Pte Ltd, Global Energy Trading Pte Ltd and Hong Lam Fuels Pte Ltd.
Technical Committee participation in Singapore Council
I also represent IBIA Asia in the Singapore Chemical Industry Council Technical Committees for Bunkering and LNG Bunkering, participating in driving forward Singapore’s standards for bunkering for both conventional fuels and LNG.
There are important updates:
The revised SS 524 – Singapore Standard Specification for Quality Management for Bunker Supply Chain (QMBS) draft has completed its two-month public consultation.
Please be informed that the revised SS 524:2021 is now available on the standards e-shop https://www.singaporestandardseshop.sg/Product/SSPdtDetail/2da40a5d-c489-4377-8cef-c12e87258e51
SS600 – Singapore Standard Code of Practice for Bunkering by Tank Gauging is out for public comment in till 8 March 2022.
Both of these revised standards are expected to be rolled out in Q2 of 2022.
Current Training Programme
The IBIA Asia office offers mandatory training for the bunker sector in Singapore with courses that have been approved and certified by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). They are:
Singapore Standard SS 600:2014 + SS 648:2019 – 2 Days Basic Training for new Bunker Surveyors and Cargo Officers.
Singapore Standard SS 600:2014 + SS 648:2019 – 2 Days Advanced Training for new Bunker Surveyors and Cargo Officers.
The IBIA Asia office also offers specialised training for the bunker sector in Singapore with our MPA-approved course, Understanding Marine Fuel. We completed two successful live on line-courses in October and November 2020.
If you are interested in becoming part of the bunker community through IBIA membership or in the bunkering training offered by IBIA Asia we encourage you to contact Noraini at firstname.lastname@example.org or me as detailed below.
Alex Tang MIPM CMarSci MIMarEST
Regional Manager: Asia
M: +65 88 76 6491