KPI, PIL & Bunker One Complete First Digital Marine Fuels Deal Outside Singapore
Leading global marine energy solutions provider and trader KPI OceanConnect, leading container shipping Pacific International Lines (PIL) and physical marine fuel supplier Bunker One announced today the successful completion of their first live electronic marine fuel inventory statement for an overseas delivery through the Singapore Trade Data Exchange (SGTraDex).
Singapore-flagged container vessel Kota Rakan, owned by PIL, was bunkered with Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) by Bunker One at the port of Lome in Togo, Africa on February 7, 2023. The bunker delivery note (BDN), bunkering sale invoice and fuel delivery were submitted and exchanged on the same day via SGTraDex.
As part of its strategy to enhance transparency in the marine fuels industry, KPI OceanConnect has adopted SGTraDex to streamline invoicing and reduce manual processing time. In addition, the platform also serves as a secured channel for the transfer of various trade documents, including but not limited to bills of lading, certificates of quality, and letters of credit.
Launched in June 2022 as a public-private partnership, SGTraDex is a common data infrastructure that facilitates the sharing of data between supply chain ecosystem partners, streamlining information flows through a common data highway where data can be shared in a trusted, secure, and inclusive manner.
The successful completion of this live electronic transaction demonstrates KPI OceanConnect and PIL’s commitment to implementing innovation and digitalisation in their businesses, while also reinforcing the value of the common data infrastructure.
CEO Anders Grønborg at KPI OceanConnect, said: “We are very pleased to complete this collaborative, digital marine fuel transaction together with PIL, Bunker One and SGTraDex. This platform enables us to share trusted and secure data along the supply chain. Our commitment to innovation and digital solutions – such as AuctionConnect, which has been running for 21 years – in our marine energy services will continue, further enhancing transparency in the industry and creating a safer trading environment for the entire value chain.”
Goh Chung Hun, Head of Fleet at PIL, said: “We are happy to contribute to this key achievement towards digitalisation in shipping. This is all the more significant for PIL as we are one of the founders of SGTraDex. Our participation in SGTraDex stems from our belief in the importance of leveraging digitalisation to build an efficient, reliable and secure supply chain. We also strongly endorse the drive for transparency in marine fuels transactions, to enable shipping lines like PIL to have safe and sustainable vessel operations.”
Antoine Cadoux, CEO at SGTraDex Services, said: “We are excited to have played a pivotal role in facilitating this overseas bunker delivery between KPI OceanConnect, Pacific International Lines and Bunker One. By leveraging on our common data infrastructure, parties involved in the transaction were able to streamline their document exchange processes with increased transparency and enhanced efficiency. This achievement underpins the critical role that SGTraDex can play in driving digitalisation across the maritime industry, within and outside of Singapore.”
Peter Zachariassen, CEO at Bunker One, said: “We are incredibly proud to be a part of this first-ever supply via the SGTradex platform outside Singapore. This opportunity fits perfectly well into our digitalisation strategy and efforts to create more transparency in the supply chain. We are constantly optimizing our processes, staying agile and pursuing our goal of being the preferred business partner for our customers.”