6 NOVEMBER 2014 – The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has accredited the International Bunker Industry’s (IBIA) new Mass Flow Meter training course. The course, which is next being held 17-18 November in Singapore, provides in depth information about mass flow meters; how to install and use them and looks at legislative, calibration and accuracy issues. The announcement was made at the IBIA Annual Convention in Hamburg this week.
In April this year the MPA was the world’s first port authority to introduce mandatory mass flow meter system for its bunker suppliers.
Mass flow meters measure the flow rate of fluid and allow for greater efficiency, accuracy and transparency in the bunkering industry. The process of dipping tanks and measuring temperatures and volume to convert to mass calculations are prone to variances, and can lead to inaccurate determination of quantity, which can in turn lead to disputes. The enforcement will ensure the customer receives the quantity they have purchased.
IBIA Chief Executive Peter Hall said:
“This is the latest in our range of professional training courses for the bunkering industry. Ultimately, the use of mass flow meter will result in a smoother bunker transaction landscape with less commercial disputes, shorter delivery times and a simpler custody transfer process.”
The International Bunker Industry Association exists to provide an international forum to address the concerns of all sectors of the international bunker industry.
The Association currently has over 650 organisations within its membership representing all within the marine fuel supply chain – “from the wellhead to the engine”.
IBIA exists to represent the industry in discussions and negotiations with international and national policy makers, legislators and other stakeholders.
We review, clarify, improve, develop and endorse where appropriate, industry methods, practices and documentation.
Our objective is to increase the professional understanding and competence of all who work in the industry.
We represent the Marine fuels supply industry at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
IBIA actively seeks to involve its members through its technical work groups, regional forums and annual convention to conclude on major issues and topics of the time, creating the “IBIA Position” to present to IMO and to industry.
IBIA champions the continued development of professionals within the bunker industry through its training programme and publications