by Ernie B. Calucag
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday has cancelled Winbuild Petrofin Pte Ltd’s bunkering licences with immediate effect.
The company was found to have breached Clause 3 of the terms and conditions of the Bunkering Licence by allowing another company to use Winbuild’s Bunker Delivery Notes (BDN) to supply bunkers to the customers of that company.
Winbuild was also found to have breached Clause 30 of the terms and conditions of the Bunkering Licence for delivering bunkers on behalf of an unlicensed company to customers of that company.
With the cancellation of its bunkering licences, the company will no longer be allowed to operate as a bunker supplier and a bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore. All bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators operating in the Port of Singapore are required to be licensed by MPA.
“The bunkering industry is an important component of Singapore’s maritime industry. All licensed bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators are required to adhere strictly to the terms and conditions of the bunkering licences. MPA will not hesitate to suspend or cancel the bunkering licence of any bunker supplier or bunker craft operator that is found to have contravened any of the terms and conditions of the bunkering licences,” said Capt M Segar, MPA’s Assistant Chief Executive (Operations).
MPA emphasised that the bunker supplier’s licence is not transferable under the terms and conditions of the bunkering licence. It also advised all licensed bunker craft operators not to make use of any bunker craft to deliver bunkers on behalf of any person, firm or company that is not a bunker supplier licensed by MPA.
In 2011, the Port of Singapore saw record bunker sales volume of 43.2 million tonnes. Singapore’s strong performance in bunker sales can be attributed to its strategic location at the crossroads of international trade and the industry structure that results in competitive bunker prices and assured quality and safety standards.