IBIA Asia has made progress toward a Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) on Mass Flow Meters (MFM) for bunker surveyors (SOP) in Singapore, and set up a Bunker Surveyor Sub-Committee to look into all matters pertaining to the bunker surveying industry in Singapore.
A meeting held at IBIA’s Singapore office on 22 July 2016 reviewed and discussed the draft SOP for surveyors on MFM systems in Singapore, and some amendments were suggested. The meeting was attended by a total of 26 representatives from 18 companies, including key surveying firms and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
The Bunker Surveyor Sub-Committee was formally established during the meeting with Douglas Raitt, Global FOBAS Manager, Lloyd’s Register FOBAS to serve as its first chairman. This Sub-Committee will continue to develop the SOP which, it is hoped, is nearing its final draft.
The intention of the SOP is to help bunker surveyors identify their responsibilities and roles within the MFM framework in Singapore. Areas covered include profession ethics, safety, health and environment, and documentation. The guidelines have been drafted with the practical input of several bunker surveying companies.
Once completed, IBIA Asia will invite all the surveying companies in Singapore to adopt the SOP, which has been designed to work within the TR 48 technical standard and has support from the MPA.
Simon Neo, Regional Manager IBIA (Asia), has been heavily involved with the development of the MFM technical guidelines, TR 48, and was recognised with a Merit Award in July 2016 by Spring Singapore for his work and contribution to the Technical Committee and the MFM Working Group Committees. Neo was honoured and happy to receive the award, which underlines his important role in bringing Singapore toward a new age of technological advancement that will enhance the accuracy and efficiency of the bunker fuel delivery process, increasing productivity and reducing administrative processes.