-The Bunker Bulletin Daily, Tuesday 7th of July 2009
US bunker firm first with new fuel measurement system
7th July 2009 22:34 GMT
Buffalo Marine Service says FuelTrax system will help to ensure the delivery process is 'a model of precision and extraordinarily accurate'
Houston-based Buffalo Marine Service is rolling out a bunker fuel measurement system which will automatically measure bunker fuel as it is pumped from a barge onto a vessel.
Part of the FuelTrax Marine Fuel Management system from Nautical Control Solutions (NCS), it uses highly accurate Coriolis meters, NCS said in a press release.
FuelTrax provides increased measurement accuracy of bunker fuel deliveries irrespective of product type, viscosity, or temperature, NCS said.
The system measures barrels and metric tonnes regardless of whether there is air, fuel, or both in the piping system.
"We have a state-of-the-art command and control center, new top-of-the-line tugs, and safety-proven double-hulled bunker barges. It makes sense for us to lead the way in helping the industry improve the accuracy of the bunkering process," said Pat Studdert, President, Buffalo Marine Service.
"Our focus has been and continues to be delivering bunkers safely, promptly, and professionally without fear of creating a pollution incident. With the advent of FuelTrax, our customers can rest assured that the delivery process is a model of precision and extraordinarily accurate. We are excited to be the first in North America to install such a system," Studdert added.
"We are very pleased to announce Buffalo as our first bunker system customer. Their reputation as a leading, first-class bunkering service couples well with this leading-edge technology," said Anthony George, CEO of NCS.
"FuelTrax will accurately measure any kind of bunker fuel, drastically reducing the errors associated with the manual measurement techniques currently used.
"We expect that as bunkering accuracy increases across the industry, quantity disputes will decrease around the globe. It’s a win-win situation for the bunker suppliers and vessel owners," George added.
Once the delivery is completed, FuelTrax produces a hardcopy meter ticket for the customer that includes the exact amount of fuel delivered in both volume and mass measurements.
"Future versions of the system will provide customers with 24 hour, seven day per week Web-based access to their bunkering events worldwide," George continued.
"Our ultimate goal is to revolutionise the bunkering industry through advanced automation, accurate Coriolis metering technology, and the Internet," he concluded.
Natalie Bruckner-Menchelli, 7th July 2009 22:34 GMT