Flow meters are set to become mandatory in Singapore.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has confirmed that it intends to make the use of flow meters mandatory for bunkering in Singapore.
"The MPA has been working closely with the industry and key stakeholders on developing the standards for mass flow meters, with the intention of making the use of mass flow meters mandatory in Singapore in the future," an MPA spokesperson told Ship & Bunker.
"MPA is also working with companies to test different mass flow meters that can be used for bunkering operations."
Carsten Hounsgaard, Project Sales Manager, Insatech
as the biggest hub in the world is guaranteed to have a spill-over effect on the rest of the market
MPA has yet to confirm a date for the move, which would likely involve a change to the terms of the bunker supplier licence, but industry sources have told Ship & Bunker that the MPA would likely wait until early 2014 before announcing its decision.
Carsten Hounsgaard, project sales manager at Insatech A/S, says he expects the introduction to be made as early as next year.
"I hope the MPA succeeds with this, as the biggest hub in the world is guaranteed to have a spill-over effect on the rest of the market," said Hounsgaard.