Mandatory MFM deployment from 2026: A large and welcome step in the right direction by the Ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam.

Last week, we were delighted to sponsor, attend and engage at Petrospot Limited’s ARACON 2023 conference in Rotterdam. It is always a very special occasion when industry peers come together to share their perspectives on the wider issues affecting the bunkering industry, and discuss new approaches and ways of working together for the greater benefit and long-term sustainability of our industry.

This year’s event was particularly notable due to the long-awaited and welcomed joint-announcement by the Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Port of Rotterdam to mandate mass flow metering systems on board all bunkering vessels operating within their respective jurisdictions from 2026.

This announcement has brought a sense of anticipation and optimism for what lies ahead for bunkering and the shipowners who operate on a regular basis in and out of these strategic European ports. In addition, this decision should bring operations and processes there closer to the well tried, tested and successful model employed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Our support to make mass flow meters mandatory to stamp out malpractice, improve efficiencies and help our industry get a more accurate handle on data, is nothing new. TFG Marine has been a vocal advocate for the use of this technology since the company’s foundation in 2020 and we have been introducing MFMs across a number of our global fleet since then. However, it is only through the widespread cooperation, support, and alignment of all industry participants, that we will achieve a, positive outcome which will be to the benefit of our entire industry.

We look forward to reviewing the details of the Port of Antwerp-Bruges and the Port of Rotterdam’s announcement and along with fellow industry participants, sharing our experiences and recommendations in order to help make this initiative a success.

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