Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Free Guide to Ensure Safety and Complicity of Low Sulphur Marine Fuel

Shipping and Refining Interests Produce Helpful Advice
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – With the imposition of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Sulphur Cap just months away a number of shipping, refining, fuel supply and standards organisations have worked together with the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) to produce a free to download Joint Industry Guide on the supply and use of 0.50% sulphur marine fuel.

The publication is designed to provide guidance for stakeholders across the marine fuels and shipping industries, from fuel blenders and suppliers to end users. It presents the specific safety and operational issues relating to the supply and use of maximum 0.50% sulphur fuels, an overview of fuel quality principles, and the controls that should be put in place to ensure that safety issues are identified, prevented and/or mitigated.

It addresses issues such as fuel compatibility, fuel stability, and fuel handling and storage, and contains a comprehensive review of existing operational factors that can affect safety. It does not address issues related to compliance with Flag State, Port State or IMO rules or guidelines, or alternative means of compliance (e.g. Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems), and does not include a discussion of alternative fuels such as liquefied natural gas, hydrogen or methanol.

The Guide provides some potentially ship saving (and indeed lifesaving) pointers like ensuring a supply of full information to enable ships’ crews to identify and manage potential safety and operational issues associated with certain fuel properties and characteristics. Additionally ensuring the stability of blended fuels by confirming components used are suitable for bunker fuel production, and advice on reviewing operational practices to ensure fuel compatibility.

The publication will be supported by an e-learning course to be released in October 2019. The aims of the e-Learning course include:

  • To provide an understanding of MARPOL Annex VI and its potential impact on the management of fuels on board ships
  • To raise awareness of, and offer solutions to, potential fuel management issues

The Guidance notes can be accessed HERE.