ExxonMobil announced it has introduced the first independently accredited mass flow metering system (MFMS) in Hong Kong, following introduction of the system in Singapore. The fuel delivery system can help save vessel operators up to an estimated three hours and $5,000 per refuelling while also providing increased transparency and efficiency to the bunkering process, according to ExxonMobil.
The Hong Kong MFMS has been accredited by Lloyd’s Register, in partnership with A*STAR’s National Metrology Centre, the national measurement institute of Singapore, and Metcore International Pte Ltd, a consultancy with expertise in MFMS for bunkering. The technology directly measures fuel mass instead of volume, in line with industry best practice guidelines, to provide a prompt and accurate measurement reading for vessel operators. The seals used are also validated by independent parties to prevent any misuse of the system.
The MFMS provides multiple benefits for vessel operators, suppliers and regulatory bodies, including enhanced accuracy when compared to typical tank dipping – within +/- 0.5 percent – increased efficiency by measuring fuel mass, and reduced uncertainties related to variables including density and temperature. It can save an estimated $5,000 and up to three hours per delivery, and improve transparency as measurement data is logged throughout the process.
Following accreditation by Lloyd’s Register, the MFMS has been installed on the time chartered bunker vessel, Anshing, to deliver bunker fuel oil ISO 8217:2012 grades for RMG 380 and RMK 500.
The launch of an accredited MFMS in Hong Kong follows its introduction in Singapore, where ExxonMobil achieved a number of industry firsts: the first to market with a Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) approved MFMS, the first to guarantee delivery by MFMS, and the first to deliver more than one million metric tons via a MFMS. Today, all ExxonMobil fuel deliveries in Singapore are supplied by barges equipped with the MPA-certified MFMS.