Introducing a bunker licensing system would ensure greater transparency and reliability in the bunker supply chain. It is, however, of great importance that regular checks are carried out (by enforcement bodies or independent organisations) to ensure that bunker operators operate in accordance with the license.
A licensing system must also prevent prohibited harmful substances being illegally mixed with marine fuels.
Singapore – the world’s largest bunker port – has been operating a bunker licensing system for a number of years already. Bunker suppliers there have to regularly renew their license and comply with stringent requirements concerning quality and quantity.
Since proposals for an IMO-associated bunker licensing system have not got off to a good start, the KVNR has initiated various national and international consultations about the possible introduction of a licensing system in the ports of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp (ARA). Rotterdam and Antwerp, in particular, are the largest bunker ports in Europe. Therefore, it is logical to set up the first licensing systems in these ports. This can then be rolled out to other ports in Europe and beyond.