Smaller Container Shipping Enterprises Can Run with the Big Dogs

by | Aug 19, 2014 | Flow, Measurement Instrumentation

Patrick Zimmer

Manager for Marine Engineering and Services

Whether you are a small, medium or large enterprise in the maritime shipping industry, you should be working with Emerson to get what you pay for. Here’s a real-world example showing why:

Companies operating a large fleet of large vessels have some advantages in regard to their suppliers. But when it comes to bunkering, mass flow meters level the playing field.

When vessels started using Micro Motion Coriolis meters to measure fuel received during bunkering, most companies were just focused on verifying the deliveries from their suppliers. Then, some large container shippers used their buying power to require that deliveries be measured using the Micro Motion meter onboard their vessels, rather than the tank measurement devices on the delivery tanker. These vessel operators could now be certain that they received the full amount of bunker fuel in each transaction. However, smaller shippers were still taking a significant financial risk with each delivery, due to the fact that they couldn’t be confident that they were receiving what they paid for.

One of these smaller enterprises decided “enough was enough” and started writing a requirement into their bunker contracts stipulating that the meter onboard their vessels be used as the pay meter. Despite their relatively smaller fleet and smaller buying power, suppliers agreed to their terms.

The moral of the story? Using a meter onboard a vessel as the billing meter is not a luxury that larger fleets exclusively enjoy; customers with smaller fleets are successfully using Micro Motion technology to reduce their risk of short delivery. Clearly, the investment in a meter capable of measuring every drop pays off.

Interested in more use cases describing how Micro Motion is helping to improve marine bunkering? Click Here. 

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