Bunker Connect has added a quality control module to its services to help shipowners and operators prepare for and comply with IMO 2020.
Bunker Connect provides shipping companies and suppliers with information on bunkers, including price and type at available ports. Bunker Connect acts as a liaison between buyer and supplier, offering impartial advice to find mutually beneficial solutions.
Bunker Connect connects buyers directly with physical suppliers where they can obtain quotes on current bunker prices. All local suppliers are able to bid, and the bunker buyer is completely informed in the process.
The tools enable operators to find out and compare who is supplying what kind of product in which ports. Shipowners can share the sample reports among each other, creating a robust and reliable database. Shared information can be useful for dealing with the uncertainty about availability of bunkers, an increasing concern as 2020 nears. Data is anonymised, and the sharing feature is optional. The tool is flexible and can automatically import data from emails, PDF, API or an online portal.
The module is also separately available as a standalone service.
“We are exciting to launch this additional module to our services, especially the sharing capability can be of big value for shipowners dealing with the uncertainties involved with the IMO 2020 regulations and bunkers in general,” said Konstantin Kaminski, director, Bunker Connect.