The Port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe, has announced that it is implementing a bunker licensing scheme.
Bunkering operations will need the authority’s approval starting from February 2021.
Apart from Rotterdam, the operation of bunker fuels and biodiesel are allowed in Schiedam, Vlaardingen, Dordrecht, Zwijndrecht and Papendrecht.
With the license in place, bunkering operations can run smoothly with more transparency and the hope of reducing dispute cases, as seen in the ports of Singapore and Gibraltar.
The bunker license is valid for two years, but suppliers can withdraw if they are inactive for more than a year.
On the other side of things, Singapore has been practicing a bunkering license scheme for several years.
Recently, The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) awarded two global companies, Minerva Bunkering, and TGF bunker licenses to run in Singapore’s port.
The new bunker companies will need to operate sustainable and green bunkering practices.
Likewise, the new bunker license scheme at the Port of Rotterdam will require bunker ships that supply fuel oil and (bio) diesel to do the same.
Moreover, The Maritime Singapore Green Initiative has pushed for liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkers during port stay. With such low carbon fuels, the maritime industry can achieve its goal of going green in the next few years.
“Our future state must be one that is powered by greener fuels, new shipping capabilities, new maritime talent, interoperable digital platforms and players beyond the traditional realm of maritime,” said Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), chief executive, Quah Ley Hoon.
Even with the Coronavirus pandemic, bunkering operations and services were undisrupted. Straits Times reported that bunker sales have increased to 12.7 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2020.
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said it “will continue to work closely with industry stakeholders to carry out periodic reviews to establish a robust regulatory framework that ensures the quality and availability of bunker in the Port of Singapore.”