Marine Bunker Quantity Surveys
Bunker is one of the highest expense in the operation of a ship. The current competitive environment of too much capacity chasing limited cargo for too low freight rates; makes the bunker purchaser’s job even more crucial in ensuring that he gets both the quality and quantity of the bunkers he/she purchases. Crew and/or Supplier’s integrity has always been a difficult challenge in many ports. What could make the situation even worse is when surveyors sometimes get involved in facilitating fraud and corruption. The integrity of the surveyor and survey company is crucial. Integrity has to be a top down company culture.
ISO Accreditation & Integrity
Maritec has Accreditation under ISO/IEC 17025 for Marine Fuel Testing and ISO/IEC 17020 for Bunker Quantity Surveys. We take great care in the selection of our surveyors. Even though there are proper Standard Operating Procedures and regular surprise checks by our in-house Quality Control inspectors; the integrity of surveyors is never taken for granted. Maritec has built up a very high reputation for integrity and everyone in the trade knows that Maritec has zero tolerance for fraud and corruption. Surveyors joining Maritec are well aware and accept our policies. Maritec is still the only survey company to use the polygraph to confirm surveyors’ integrity. All cases of fraud or corruption is notified to both the Maritime Port Authority and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau. For this reason potential customers may sometimes encounter supplier( s) that ban Maritec. Our advice is such cases is “caveat emptor” which is latin for “Let the buyer beware”.
Role Of The Surveyor
The role of the independent bunker surveyor is to ensure that correct quantity of bunker is delivered to the ship. He assists the crew in carrying out correct sampling procedures and ensure there are no undue delays in the bunker delivery process. He has to facilitate and advise the crew on completing the necessary documentation eg Bunker Delivery Notes, Samples Distribution Records, Notes Of Protest (if any) and to ensure expeditious despatch of samples to the laboratory.
Compulsory Mass Flow Metering (MFM) Deliveries In Singapore TR48 From 1st January 2017, the Port of Singapore mandated that all residual fuels delivered in the Port must be by approved bunker tankers using ceritified Mass Flow Meters (MFM). All Maritec bunker surveyors have been trained and certified to carry out MFM bunker surveys in compliance with the new Singapore Technical Reference TR48 requirements. Although it was initially expected that with MFM deliveries; the disputes for bunker shortages would become a thing of the past. Unfortunately, the creative minds of the devious have adapted with new modus operandi in order to cheat on quantities. Surveyors have to be trained with expertise in interpretation of meter bunkering profiles, checking for bypass lines after the flowmeter, detecting tricks like “cappucino bunkers”, reducing flow rates below minimum required to operate the MFM meter accurately, ensure flow meters have been zeroed before pumping starts, etc. Disputes continue to exist as Chief Engineers are typically not trained nor are they familiar with MFM deliveries. As a result the demand and nature of the disputes in Bunker Quantity Surveys has changed.
Bunker Quantity Surveys Available In Other Ports Maritec also offers Bunker Quantity Surveys and On/Off Hire Surveys in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Yantian, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shanghai, Busan, Algeceiras, Ceuta, Gibraltar and (Balboa, Cristobal, Manzanilo) in Panama.