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Shipping groups launch survey to identify fuel oil issues

Feb 25, 2020 09:15 AM

The focus is on quality and safety issues after the implementation of IMO 2020

The following is text of a news release from BIMCO:

(LONDON) — The International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 global sulfur limit for marine fuel oil has now been in force for over one month. BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and Intertanko are calling on fleet- and vessel managers, as well as technical superintendents, to share their insight and experiences with the new IMO 2020 compliant fuels.

The four organizations have launched an online survey with the aim to get a greater understanding of the quality of the new fuel oils and possible safety implications of the IMO 2020 sulfur regulation, and encourage shipowners to participate.

Participants are encouraged to provide short answers to 13 questions about their experiences with fuel oil quality since the change to 0.5 sulfur compliant fuel oils.

The survey can be accessed via the following link:

Survey on fuel oil quality and safety

The survey’s main focus is on problematic properties of the IMO 2020 compliant fuel oil that may lead to problems such as increased sludge discharge, clogging of fuel pipes, preheaters, fuel separators and fuel filters, fuel pumps getting stuck, problems with fuel injection and poor ignition of fuel oil. It also focuses on other issues regarding incomplete combustion, wax appearance and increased wear and tear of cylinder liners; all problems that in the end may lead to loss of propulsion and/or black out.

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