WATCH for non compliant fuels!

We are repeating the following article, previously published in Weekly NEWS No. 45/2005, this time with a link at the end that functions. 

The INTERTANKO Secretariat and its Bunker Sub-Committee is monitoring the new developments in the quality of bunkers delivered to ships as required by MARPOL Annex VI regulations (Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships). Although there is a general trend of improved quality worldwide, there are some areas where bunkers delivered to ships continue to be substandard. 

MARPOL Annex VI came into force on 19 May 2005 and PSC officers now have the ability to check whether ships arriving at their ports use fuels as required by IMO regulations (SOLAS on flash point temperature and MARPOL on sulphur content and bunker quality). A non-compliant fuel onboard a ship could result in a lot of trouble and waste of time even though the ship might have innocently ended up in such a situation. Therefore, it is essential that members keep us advised of their experiences with fuel testing results. 

Recently, two member companies agreed to share with us and with the INTERTANKO membership their experiences with bunker deliveries at Los Angeles and Fujairah. As far as the U.S. West Coast is concerned, the anecdotal information is that "this is one of the worst regions to take bunkers but, ships have no better alternative".  

Click here for summaries of the two experiences. 

Contact: Dragos Rauta