The company estimates that for the bunker industry as a whole, less than 1% of the bunker delivery fleet is equipped with MFMs. Image File/Pixabay
bunker supplier GFT Marine called for the mandatory use of mass flow meters to measure bunker deliveries.
The company has partnered with 50 other organizations representing 2,000 ships calling for rotterdam and Antwerp port authorities to mandate the use of MFMS for bunker deliveries, it said Thursday in a statement posted on its website.
“Marine fuels are supplied around the world at varying densities and under varying atmospheric and climatic conditions,” the company said in the statement.
“Traditional delivery systems, which only monitor volume flow, cannot accurately capture these differentials.
“Suppliers and customers therefore rely on manual measurement and adjustment formulas to agree on the specifications of each transaction.
“The complexity and opacity of this process makes it difficult to track and report transactions with confidence and accuracy.
“It also makes customers vulnerable to fraud and corruption.
“Some operators have taken advantage of this complexity to outsmart the system.
“There is a long and shameful history of questionable practices by bunker fuel suppliers that have disadvantaged shipowners on volumes.”
Singapore made the use of MFMs mandatory for fuel oil deliveries in 2017, a move that has since been widely praised in the industry worldwide. But other port and maritime authorities have yet to follow suit.
In a recent survey by industry bodies ibia and BIMCOrespondents rated their support for MFMs on a scale of one to ten with an average of 8.43.
Adrian Tolsoncouncil manager BLUE previewa study published earlier this year estimating that shipowners and charterers who pay for fuel in Fujairah and rotterdam lost as much as $250 million per year in payments for fuel that they have not received.
TFG installed MFMs on more than a third of its fleet and plans other installations in the coming two years. The company believes that for the bunker industry as a whole, Less than 1% of the bunker delivery fleet is equipped with MFM.
“While other industries have embraced digitalization, the shipping industry has lagged behind,” the company said.
“MFMs have been used in a wide range of industries for many decades.
“While it is true that until relatively recently most ship systems could not easily integrate MFM equipment, this is no longer the case.
“The industry is running out of excuses to avoid modernizing and enforcing rigorous reporting and accountability standards.
“It’s time to make MFMs mandatory.”