S’pore not re­new­ing Uni­ver­sal En­ergy’s bunker sup­ply li­cence

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s port au­thor­ity will not re­new the bunker fuel sup­plier and craft oper­a­tor li­cences of Uni­ver­sal En­ergy Pte Ltd, one of the big­gest ship fu­elling op­er­a­tors in the city-state, a com­pany di­rec­tor said yes­ter­day.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear why the Mar­itime and Port Au­thor­ity (MPA) was with­draw­ing the li­cences, said Uni­ver­sal En­ergy di­rec­tor Hua Tan. He said the firm re­ceived no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the move on Mon­day, without spec­i­fy­ing when the li­cence with­drawals take ef­fect.

“This has caught us by sur­prise (and comes) de­spite our ap­peal and ex­pla­na­tions,” the di­rec­tor told Reuters.

The MPA did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to Reuters’ re­quests for com­ment.

Singapore, the big­gest global hub for ship re­fu­elling, this year be­came the world’s first har­bour to man­date the use of mass-flow-me­ters to min­imise in­ac­cu­ra­cies and er­rors in mea­sur­ing the de­liv­ered amount of ma­rine fu­els (bunkers).

The Uni­ver­sal En­ergy with­drawals fol­lows the MPA’s de­ci­sion ef­fec­tive Aug 14 to re­voke the bunker craft oper­a­tor li­cence of Panoil Pe­tro­leum. Checks on Panoil Pe­tro­leum’s bunker barges re­vealed that unau­tho­rised al­ter­ations were made on board five tankers op­er­ated by the com­pany.

Uni­ver­sal En­ergy last year was ranked by the MPA as the third-big­gest ma­rine fuel sup­plier in Singapore by vol­ume, op­er­at­ing 11 bunker barges, two of which it owns and nine it has on char­ter.

As of Aug 15, there were 58 li­censed bunker fuel sup­pli­ers here, MPA data showed.

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