Golden Island goes fully digital on Bunker Delivery Notes

Golden Island Diesel Oil Trading has become the first marine fuel supplier in Singapore to go 100% digital in its use of Electronic Bunker Delivery Notes (eBDN), phasing out physical BDNs completely from 1 December to reduce manual, paper-based processes and reduce its environmental impact.

Golden Island has implemented ZeroNorth Bunker’s eBDN system, initially developed by BTS and recently consolidated under the ZeroNorth Bunker brand. The move will help to streamline the bunkering documentation process, to the extent that the company expects to save at least two hours of manual data entry work each day.

“A month after the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launched its digital bunkering initiative as the first port in the world to implement eBDN, we are proud to be the first company to fully switch to eBDN in the Singapore bunkering market. To achieve this, we required a solution that would facilitate a seamless workflow to enhance the productivity and efficiency of our marine fuel delivery operations,” said Tomohiro Yamano, General Manager, Marine Fuel Department at Golden Island.

“We were impressed with ZeroNorth’s deep understanding of the bunker industry and the capabilities of its eBDN solution. Digitalising our bunker processes with eBDN fits in with our digitalisation initiative to enhance and streamline operations, which will in turn also drive easier reporting and analysis of emissions.”

The first internal trial for Golden Island using the eBDN system began in November 2022. By digitalising the bunkering process, ZeroNorth will turn millions of data points into recommendations on where Golden Island can drive efficiencies, while reporting will also be enhanced, as information is standardised and available in a digital format.

“Bunker procurement has been a traditionally cumbersome process, burdened by manual documentation. We’re delighted to be helping Golden Island eliminate these manual processes to streamline documentation, drive efficiencies and boost productivity across its operations as a global eBDN solution on the market,” said Kenneth Juhls, Managing Director for ZeroNorth Bunker at ZeroNorth.

“Given the integral role marine fuels are set to play in decarbonising shipping, ZeroNorth is proud to help our customers and the wider industry digitalise bunker operations. The data generated will in turn help enable the data flywheel effect, driving actionable recommendations on where further efficiencies can be created for the benefit of both profit and planet.”

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