The new fuels introduced to the bunker market have been found to be diverse. One particular characteristic can however prove troublesome if the vessel is carrying a heat-sensitive cargo, argues Alvin Forster, Loss Prevention Executive, The North of England P&I Club.
The shipping industry is constantly looking for alternative fuels to achieve decarbonization and mitigate its environmental impact. Yet, Alvin Foster, North Club, states that the new fuels introduced to the bunker market have been found to be diverse.
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In line with its guidance on how to be sulphur-compliant during a port state control, the North Club issued another guidance assisting seagoing engineers on a safe and efficient switch towards very low sulphur fuel oil.
With many uncertainties still surrounding the global fuel sulphur cap, which takes effect on 1 January 2020, North P&I Club decided to update its 2020 fuel sulphur cap guidance after recent developments. The Club’s ‘Preparing for the Big Switch’ guides have been updated following the clarification on regulation and compliance from the IMO meeting at MEPC 74.
Contaminated IFO 380 bunkers in the US Gulf have resulted in a significant number of vessels experiencing system clogging and, in more extreme cases, engine damage, North Club warned. The contamination has been linked to the use of fuel oil cutter stock, a product added to residual fuels to reduce viscosity.
North P&I Club issued a release, informing that, although the introduction of mass flow meters for bunker operation in Singapore is supposed as a welcome development and the equipment has changed, unfortunately some suppliers seem to behave unscrupulously.
The international standard on the quality of marine fuels is under review following a recent announcement at the 35th International Bunker Conference in Copenhagen. The expected changes have been reported but not yet finalised. The standard, ISO 8217, specifies the requirements for petroleum fuels for use in marine applications.
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