Aderco notes that there are still five key threats associated with new VLSFO; cat fines, sludge, compatibility issues, asphaltene and fuel stability remain key issues for the health and maintenance of diesel engines since the IMO sulphur cap became effective.
Shell Marine has published a new White Paper offering critical guidance on cylinder oils and engine care to transition successfully through the IMO sulphur cap from 1st January 2020. The ‘IMO 2020 Ready’ paper sets out the commercial, operational and technical challenges for operators before, during and after the regulatory deadline.
Fuel quality and safety was high on the agenda during MSC 100 in early December. On the occasion, IUMI highlighted that biofuels are not properly catered for under the ISO standard 8217 and urged IMO to encourage ISO to embark on the urgent amendment of the ISO 8217 to deal with biofuels and the 2020 sulphur cap.
Low sulphur fuel oil has a higher content of catalytic fines (cat fines) when compared to high sulphur fuels. Margrete A. Nordahl, Claims Director, Master Mariner H&M at the Skuld P&I Club discussed best practice on preventing engine damage from catalytic fines in marine fuel oil.
Ahead of the IMO global sulphur cap, entering into force in 2020 and expected to dramatically change the fuel landscape in the maritime industry, American oil major ExxonMobil has published best practice tips to help operators switch to low sulphur fuels, while maintaining a vessel’s safe and reliable operation.
Olivier d’Olne, General Manager at Aderco Marine and Group Technical Director clarifies issues concerning cat fines, following recent alerts by FOBAS reporting about a number of fuel samples bunkered in Singapore (June) and in Fujairah (August) which were tested and found with Aluminium and Silicon concentration (Al+Si) levels above the 95% confidence limit of the respective ordered grades.
FOBAS has issued alert to inform about a number of fuel samples bunkered in Fujairah which were tested and found with Aluminium and Silicon concentration (Al+Si) levels above the 95% confidence limit of the respective ordered grades.
FOBAS has issued alert to inform about a number of fuel samples bunkered in Singapore which were tested and found with Aluminium and Silicon concentration (Al+Si) levels above the 95% confidence limit of the respective ordered grades.
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