ExxonMobil expands Hong Kong mass flow metering
ExxonMobil has introduced its second independently accredited mass flow metering system (MFMS) in Hong Kong onboard the bunker vessel, ‘Anelly’.
This follows the introduction of the first independently accredited MFMS in Hong Kong fitted on the barge, Anshing. The expansion will help to meet increased customer demand for fuel deliveries via an accredited MFMS and deliver cost and efficiency benefits.
“Our first mass flow metering system in Hong Kong received a very positive response from customers and has proved to be a great success. This second barge will help to ensure the majority of ExxonMobil fuel deliveries will be supplied via mass flow metering and also cater for larger stem sizes,” said Deepankar Banerjee, ExxonMobil’s Asia Pacific marine fuels sales manager.
The MFMS provides multiple benefits for vessel operators, suppliers and regulatory bodies. These include enhanced accuracy as a result of measuring fuel mass, increased efficiency and reduced uncertainties related to variables including density and temperature.
ExxonMobil said it can save an estimated US$5,000 and up to three hours per delivery, alongside improved transparency because measurement data is logged throughout the process.
Both metering systems are fully accredited by Lloyd’s Register, in partnership with A*STAR’s National Metrology Centre, the national measurement institute of Singapore and Metcore International, a consultancy with expertise in MFMS for bunkering.
In line with industry best practice, the technology directly measures fuel mass, instead of volume, to provide an accurate measurement for vessel operators.
The expansion of independently accredited mass flow metering bunker fuel delivery services into Hong Kong follows its introduction in Singapore in June 2012. ExxonMobil said it was the first supplier to deliver marine fuel using a MFMS approved by a port authority.
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