DNV, Pavilion to deploy LNG bunkering platform in Singapore

Thursday, 03 November 2022
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Standards agency DNV and fuelling specialist Pavilion Energy have partnered to roll-out an digital LNG bunkering platform at the Port of Singapore. 

The bunkering solution, named FuelBoss, is designed to improve process integrity, data transparency, and operational efficiency for customers and follows a cooperation agreement signed by the two partners in 2021.

“Digitalization will play a key role in shaping the maritime industry of the future,” Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria, Regional Manager South-East Asia, Pacific & India, Maritime at DNV, predicts, “we are therefore thrilled to partner with Pavilion Energy on this pioneering initiative, which we believe will accelerate the adoption of digitalization in LNG bunkering.”

Digital checks

The new platform includes digital checklists and electronic bunker delivery note functionality and is seen as a key element in the digital transformation of LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore. The roll-out follows the exposure and prosecution in Singapore of a large-scale fuel theft ring, as well as a recent incident of bunker fuel contamination.

“Ahead of our LNG bunkering vessel entering into operation early next year, Pavilion Energy has dedicated our attention to ensuring the marine bunkering processes are managed as efficiently; and as transparent and trustworthy as possible. To this end, we have fully embraced digitalization in our bunkering operations,” Alan Heng, CEO of Pavilion Energy, said.

Greater efficiency

Singapore reported a total bunker sales volume of more than 50 million tonnes in 2021, making it one of the world’s leading bunkering hubs. Of this amount only 50,000 tonnes were LNG bunker sales however, ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations only began in March 2021 with growth reported to be robust throughout the remainder of the year.

“As the world's leading and trusted bunkering hub, we welcome Pavilion Energy and DNV’s efforts to develop digital solutions for LNG bunkering to further increase the transparency and efficiency of bunkering operations and provide better assurance to LNG bunker buyers and suppliers,” Captain Segar, Assistant Chief Executive for Operations at the MPA, said.

The first prototype of FuelBoss launched in early 2021 and it has quickly become a market leader in end-to-end digital bunkering of alternative fuels, particularly LNG. The partners report that over 400 bunkering operations have now been completed through FuelBoss, primarily in Europe, connecting more than 20 different customers with their bunker suppliers.

“With the streamlining and optimising of processes, we are well positioned to partner our customers in achieving greater efficiency in their bunkering operations,” Heng concludes. 

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