Singapore-based bunker tanker owner/operator and marine fuel supplier Hong Lam Marine says it is fully supportive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)’s plans of having Singapore become the first international port to implement electronic bunker delivery notes (e-BDN).

The firm’s 6,257 dwt bunkering vessel Demure was involved in the latest e-BDN trial between Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Shell on 9 September 2023.

“We fully support the e-BDN initiative as it is a secured system where entries are made electronically with date, time stamps, and watermarks. The system does not allow manual entries or amendments and alterations,” a Hong Lam Marine spokesperson told Manifold Times.

“This will provide transparency and traceability to prevent fraud while offering cost savings and increased competitiveness within a digital environment.”
Hong Lam Marine has been involved in local e-BDN trials since May 2023.

“We decided to participate to help move the e-documentation process forward for bunkering by streamlining it through digitalisation. This will enhance efficiency, improve, and automate processes where data can be accessed and analysed more effectively and promptly by several stakeholders,” he explained.

“We have been digitalising many areas of our business and e-BDN is a significant project for us. The main changes were to provide suitable equipment which are secure while engaging service providers and customers for the buy-in on the back of training for the Cargo Officers.”

Hong Lam Marine will continue to digitise other company processes to improve efficiency and effectiveness following the successful eBDN bunkering trial with ONE and Shell.

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