• 2019 October 21 17:05

    Blockchain and DNA-based marine fuels tracking solution BunkerTrace goes live

    On Friday, BunkerTrace, the unique blockchain and DNA- based fuels tracking solution, announced its commercial launch shortly after a successful trial in the Netherlands on Thursday, October 3, which was conducted in partnership with Cooperative Bebeka. Announcing the launch at Aracon, BunkerTrace is now ready to receive requests for commercial partnerships and adoption by bunker suppliers, ports and operators.

    The solution, which adds DNA markers to fuel at every stage of the supply chain and records each transaction in a blockchain-based system, has already received significant interest from ports, bunker suppliers and vessel operators.

    Harry Vasse, General Director at Cooperative Bebeka, commented:

    “Managing the energy procurement now and in the future has our highest priority. Energy procurement is about sustainability, transparency and environment. CSR reporting takes place at boardroom level since company reputation is at stake. With the product portfolio in the marine energy market becoming increasingly complex and diverse in the near future our focus is on expertise and continuously developing of member protection tools and this is why we fully support the BunkerTrace initiative. Combining these two revolutionary technologies will provide the Cooperative and its members with an independent and transparent method for managing fuel quality throughout the bunker chain. Furthermore, it will support us in identifying the most reliable and trustworthy supply chains and streamline compliance.”

    BunkerTrace CEO Marc Johnson commented:

    “As IMO 2020 approaches, we’re seeing fundamental changes to the dynamics of the bunkering market, which in turn creates uncertainty and risk: risk for owners, charterers, credit providers and financiers in the fuels they buy or fund; risk for insurers in establishing the risks they must manage; risk for operators and the fuels they burn; and for enforcers policing the fuels market. That’s why BunkerTrace exists.

    “We’d like to thank all our industry partners, colleagues, friends and supporters who’ve helped us get this far so quickly. From Maritime Blockchain Labs’ first consortium in early 2018 to our successful pilot operation in Antwerp/Vlissingen some weeks ago, we’ve come a long way. However, there’s a long journey ahead and we’re inviting stakeholders throughout the industry to join us here.”

    By combining blockchain and DNA-based tagging, BunkerTrace creates an immutable audit trail, which follows the fuel and any changes made to it. It also records all activities and sign-offs by actors transacting the fuel. BunkerTrace provides evidence of compliance with IMO 2020 and ensures that at every point in the supply chain, it’s easy for stakeholders to check if the fuel they are moving, loading, buying or selling is the product that it’s meant to be, even if fuel has been blended or mixed.

    In the recent trial, a Boskalis-owned dredger, Prins der Nederlanden was bunkered with 900 cubic meters (CBM) of DMA 0.1% sulphur ISO 8217:2010 compliant fuel supplied by Minerva with a unique tracer added. The crew then successfully detected this mark with an on-board analysis case that took less than one minute, with the result of the test logged in a blockchain- based transaction record.

    About Bunkertrace:
    BunkerTrace is a joint venture between Forecast Technology Ltd. and BLOC (Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration). For owners and managers looking to discern the integrity of a fuel product before it’s loaded, BunkerTrace combines digital and forensic technologies to create an inclusive support system that enhances marine fuel traceability and provides a clear chain of custody for better quality assurance in the bunker fuel supply chain. To tag the fuels, it uses ‘oligonucleotides’ (short single strands of synthetic DNA) to provide a virtually unlimited number of unique, secure codes (fingerprints), which are encoded with the information on quality and origin of fuels from the BunkerTrace solution. Taken together, these elements create an immutable chain of custody audit trail that follows the fuel, and any changes made to it, throughout the supply chain and records all activities and sign offs by actors transacting the fuel. The prototype for BunkerTrace was developed by the Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL) consortium, funded by the Lloyds Register Foundation.




2019 November 21

18:01 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of time charter contract for m/v Polymnia with Cargill
17:50 Freeport of Riga Authority and province of Corrientes sign Protocol of Agreement to facilitate growth of Riga and Corrientes ports
17:23 Training ship Perekop of RF Navy’s Baltic Fleet takes course from Sri Lanka to Sevastopol
17:00 Two Sendo Liners to be entering the port of Amsterdam emission-free by 2020
16:45 Severnaya Verf lays down fourth processing trawler of Project 170701 for Norebo Group
16:28 Star Bulk reports Q3 net profit of $5.8 million
16:00 MacGregor secures complete piggy-back hatch cover order from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
15:46 Danfoss Editron appoints Erno Tenhunen as new Marine Director
15:31 ECOsubsea gains further foothold in major European ports to become benchmark for sustainable effective hull cleaning
15:17 Baltic Sea Ports Administration reports readiness of 6 line and 7 port icebreakers for winter navigation season
15:00 Chart Industries joins SEA\LNG coalition
14:38 Orolia Maritime unveils new PLB with Return Link System for 2020
14:21 Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to host 8th edition of ACI’s Ship Recycling Congress on 29-30 January 2020
14:09 Nexans to provide the 225 kV power export cables for one of the biggest offshore wind projects in France
13:50 Bunker market in the Far East ports of Russia sees mixed price movements (graph)
13:28 Singapore’s First Women in Shipping Summit to be held on 20-21 April 2020
13:27 Oldendorff Carriers signs agreement with MIT on ship design
13:09 ZIM posts Q3 2019 results
12:46 5th Singapore Maritime Technology Conference to be held on 21-23 April 2020
12:35 Proman Stena Bulk and GSI sign deal for new methanol tankers
12:09 Port of Zeebrugge and Yugo sign MOU for cooperation in Lingang Overseas Modern Industrial Park
11:57 Nobel Brothers Shipyard launches small refrigerating trawler of Project Т30В, Vympel
11:09 MOL to build Japan's 1st LNG-fueled ferries : Sunflower Kurenai and Sunflower Murasaki
10:43 DNG Energy to commence LNG bunkering operations from Algoa Bay next year
10:09 Fincantieri and Ponant sign an MOA for the construction of 2 new-generation cruise ships
09:51 Container throughput of port Hong Kong (China) down 6.2% to 15.27 million TEUs in Jan-Oct’2019
09:39 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 21
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.32% to $62.2, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.25% to $56.87
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,260 points
08:29 Port of Hamburg cargo throughput grows 3.2 percent to 104 million tons in first three quarters of 2019

2019 November 20

18:10 FESCO provided transportation of nuclear submarines’ blocks and tanker from Kamchatka Territory to decommissioning site in Primorye
17:48 Cruise ship Mustay Karim returns from successful sea trials
17:06 ECOsubsea gets permission to start offering hull cleaning services to vessels at all Dutch Ports
16:56 Tallinn Shipyard wins prestigious 2019 Safety4sea Europort Awards
16:19 Wärtsilä solutions chosen to upgrade efficiency and environmental performance of Norwegian fishing vessel
16:03 Oboronlogistics completed the delivery of inert materials and special equipment to the Novaya Zemlya
15:00 ESPO: TEN-T policy review must bring maritime links on equal footing with land links
14:09 RF Govt Transport Commission approved inclusion of 57 projects into comprehensive plan for upgrading and expanding core infrastructure
13:35 Ecosystem-based management and maritime spatial planning are furthered at HELCOM-VASAB meeting in St Petersburg
12:57 RS takes part in Transport of Russia 2019
12:02 The world’s largest wind turbine tested on Maasvlakte
11:44 WMU signs MoU with International Maritime Academy, Lebanon
11:23 Tariffs for LNG services provided by KN approved for 2020
11:02 Bureau Veritas certifies Ørsted's Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm
10:28 Hydraulic engineering structures of Volga-Don Canal underwent reconstruction
10:25 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 20
10:05 Bunker prices are stable at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
10:02 Yang Ming to launch new Southeast Asia Services
09:46 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.11% to $60.84, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.04% to $55.37
09:41 Foreship launches Hamburg business to grow in Germany
09:29 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,304 points
09:14 CMA CGM reviewes Low Sulphur Surcharge for RoRo Med Lines

2019 November 19

18:03 Port of Piraeus throughput reaches 5 million TEU this year
17:50 BPO joins the “More EU budget for transport” coalition
17:22 Throughput of Russia’s seaports expected to grow by 3% to 850 million tonnes in 2019
17:03 Expro awarded contract extension with INPEX, offshore Australia
16:45 Gasum expands their maritime fuel supply by new Swedegas’ facility in the port of Gothenburg
16:24 IMO helps train future leaders in maritime policy
16:03 CSV Bourbon Oceanteam 101 extends charter contract with client for works in Angola
15:03 MSC appoints Soren Toft as CEO for container shipping & logistics