One of the clearest ways to determine if a process truly makes a difference is through a focused case study. In 2012, Hong Lam Marine became the first in the industry to install a Certified Bunker Measurement Solution from Emerson on board a fuel barge.
A refueling barge used to transport fuel from the loading terminal to the vessel for refueling, the MT Emissary barge was the perfect first case to witness the results of such a significant change.
Hong Lam Marine enacted a variety of changes in procedure, made possible by the increased visibility of the Emerson mass flow meter (MFM), which lead to many other improvements in performance.
The installation of the metering solution is what made it possible to monitor the bunkering operations closely; making adjustments that would improve the accuracy of the measurements, improved bunkering efficiencies, and overall reduce the time needed for each delivery.
The use of MFMs gave Hong Lam Marine the access needed to process bunkering data that was previously blind to them. Flow rate, supply pressure, process temperature, aeration, and density, previously unmeasured during a delivery, now were available for review and revision. Using these new data points, Hong Lam Marine worked with Emerson to improve the process and adjust the operation.
With such an array of positive outcomes, the MT Emissary Barge has lead many innovative efforts, operating with a greener propulsion system and with one of the top bunkering systems in the port of Singapore.
The industry has taken note of the opportunity posed by the Coriolis flow meters, and the use of MFMs is becoming standard practice in the transfer of marine fuel. In fact, the Marine Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore, representing a large share of the global market, announced in April 2014 that the use of MFMs would be mandatory by 2017. Emerson is proud to contribute to the revolution of current practices in the bunkering industry.
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