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Fuelink platform provides one-stop shop for bunker data management

(Posted on 15/03/24)

Fuelink, a maritime technology provider has launched its new digital platform providing a one-stop shop for bunker data management and fuel supply optimisation. Fuelink will enable effective fuelling strategy forecasting, bunker price comparisons and compliance with the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), including inventory management of EU Allowances (EUAs).

The bunker-specific digital platform has been designed to improve transparency, efficiency, and control with all bunker-related information stored in one place. Combining information taken automatically from AIS and noon reports with its AI-based management tool and third-party benchmarking, Fuelink allows the simulation and comparison of both conventional and alternative fuels on different routes, enabling users to make informed decisions on where and when to bunker to achieve the most cost-effective voyage. This includes real-time bunkering readiness data at each port to avoid unnecessary downtime.

Fuelink also supports EU ETS compliance and inventory management of EUAs. Users are able to upload voyage schedules and calculate ETS costs instantaneously, simulating EUAs at different prices before buying through the platform at the optimum time, and automatically keeping a record of all those purchased in a standalone inventory system.

Commenting on the launch, Konstantin Bronetskyi, General Manager, Fuelink said: “The shipping industry requires a digital bunker data management system developed by bunkering and Ship operations professionals that gives full visibility and enables better decisions in optimising the bunker value chain. We understand that uncertainty costs money and fragmented information sitting in various systems takes time to manually collate and analyse. This has been the status quo in the global marine fuel supply industry. Now, we have developed the Fuelink platform to bring together real time data, allowing machine learning to simulate fuel cost scenarios, create automated reporting and alerts, measure bunkering performance, and support GHG emissions management.

“The power of this combined data will streamline the user’s operations. Being able to access useful, and digestible information at the touch of a button has never been more critical. By aiding transparency and significantly improving efficiency, Fuelink supports confident and informed decision-making that will aid regulatory compliance while also saving time and money. The entire bunker value chain is tracked, monitored and supported by a dedicated aftersales support team located in all the major time zones to support users in real time.”

Fuelink acts as a central repository for all bunker-related information. The platform records and tracks all deliveries, hosting bunker delivery notes (BDNs), invoices, surveyor reports, Certificates of Quality (CoQs), ISCC information, bunker sampling and analysis reports, statement of facts, and claims handling documentation. This provides ease of access and improves auditing, benchmarking and automated reporting for operational and legal teams.

Fuelink has been developed in conjunction with maritime energy solutions provider, Baseblue and diversified fleet owner, Schoeller Holdings. The two organisations have provided valuable insights in the development phase and many of their customers are already benefitting from using the platform.  

Commenting on the launch, Lars Nielsen, CEO of Baseblue said: “Fuelink perfectly embodies our long-standing commitment to improving quality and transparency in the supply of marine fuel. We always strive to offer our clients comprehensive and forward-thinking solutions and our involvement in developing this innovative digital tool is another example of how Baseblue is at the forefront of digitalisation in the bunker value chain.”

CEO of Schoeller Holdings, Mark O'Neil, added: “Fuelink’s sophisticated AI approach is an invaluable tool for us. It enables optimal bunkering performance and stringent emission control and helps us meet our ESG targets."

Fuelink represents a significant stride forward for the maritime industry in its efforts to realise efficiencies through digital practices and meet global and regional emissions targets. As the platform develops and usage increases it will also support increased transparency and accountability in global marine fuel supply.

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