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NMC to Validate Data for Mass Flow Meters Acceptance Test

14 Oct 2014

NMC to Validate Data for Mass Flow Meters Acceptance Test

Come 1 January 2017, Singapore will be implementing the mandatory adoption of mass flow meters (MFM) for bunkering Marine Fuel Oil in the Port of Singapore. As part of this implementation, MPA has appointed NMC as the technical data verifier for the MFM acceptance tests.

Under this arrangement, NMC will analyze and validate the data collected during the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's (MPA) acceptance test, to estimate the measurement uncertainty based on metrology.  NMC will check on the repeatability, low flow cutoff, zero stability, error and other parameters of each MFM to determine if it meets the requirement of SS600. Coupled with SPRING Singapore’s Weight and Measurement Office which will ensure accuracy of the MFM from legal metrology perspective, buyers can be assured that MFM approved by MPA meets the international standards for bunker custody transfers.
Till date, NMC has validated 11 numbers of bunker tankers.

This arrangement was announced during the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON), organized by MPA from 14 to 17 October (read press release here).

In its 18th installment, SIBCON saw some 1,600 delegates from over 50 countries attending the event. NMC was invited to present on its activities for bunkering at this event. Dr Liew presented on “Metrology for Bunkering – Mass Flow Meter” at the pre-conference symposium on October 14 and the “Investigation of Cappuccino Effect for Bunker Fuel” on October 15. 


Dr Thomas Liew, ED (third from left), with the team of panelists at “The Singapore Dialogue” on October 15.

Click here for more photos of NMC’s participation at SIBCON.