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Buffalo Marine in Houston uses the FuelTrax System to reduce errors

Bunkering system passes test
14th September 2009 17:56 GMT


Buffalo Marine Service of Houston has successfully tested its FuelTrax bunkering system on a delivery of 1500 metric tonnes of IFO500 to the container ship Maersk Wyoming, according to Nautical Control Solutions (NCS).
The FuelTrax Marine Fuel Management system from NCS automatically measures bunker fuel as it is pumped from a barge onto a vessel.
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.
The crew of Buffalo 401k pumped at the rate of 250 metric tons per hour, with accuracy measured to less than 0.1% between the barge and the ship, according to NCS.
"This is an industry changing event," said Anthony George, CEO of NCS.
"As consumers, we expect accuracy when fueling our automobiles, but the marine industry has had to make do with manual dipping of tanks and volume-to-mass conversion calculations that introduce error. Not anymore. Ship owners can now expect to receive what they pay for at the pump," George added.
The FuelTrax system is said to "drastically reducing the errors associated with the manual measurement techniques currently used" and "helps in the prevention of possible bunker spills."
"FuelTrax has eliminated delivery gaps in the bunkering business," noted Pat Studdert, President, Buffalo Marine Service.
"Buffalo Marine crews now possess a reliable metering system that permits them to deliver multiple bunker orders without the uncertainty of stop-gauges, repeated loadings at the storage facility, and disputes over viscosity and quantity adjustments," added Studdert.
"Our ultimate goal is to revolutionize the bunkering industry through advanced automation, accurate Coriolis metering technology, and the Internet," George concluded.

The Bunkerworld Daily E-mail, Tuesday 15th of September 2009
Natalie Bruckner-Menchelli, 14th September 2009 17:56 GMT