Owners Seek Extra Fuel Protection

Thursday, February 03, 2005
Fuel testing company Lintec Testing Services said it has had a massive response to its revolutionary new service to screen bunkers for chemical contamination. Over 300 vessels have signed up for Lintec's extra level of protection since it was launched at the end of October last year.

Lintec developed the routine forensic screening methodology after a series of extraordinary bunker contamination incidents in 2004.

"Bunker testing requirements have been pushed to the limit over the past year with some bunker fuels causing a shock to shipowners by inflicting engine damage while still meeting ISO 8217 parameters," says John Dixon, Lintec managing director.

The most high profile example was in May last year, when traces of dry cleaning solvents, such as trichloroethylene, found their way into the fuel bunkered at the port of Fujairah. This resulted in engine damage to several ships that used the fuel.

"The use of forensic techniques successfully proved the presence of trichloroethylene and other contaminants in the Fujairah fuel. As a consequence of this analysis several owners de-bunkered the fuel in question and were able to make a successful claim against the fuel suppliers," Dixon says.

Lintec has established base levels for naturally occurring chemicals and solvent contaminants in fuels and developed guidelines that show if fuels are adulterated deliberately or if trace elements have found their way into the fuel accidentally. This methodology, combined with modern technology, is the basis for the new service.

"It is Lintec's view that any contaminants in fuels are undesirable. For shipowners and charterers it is a question of weighing up the risks, but at Lintec we believe that a 'better safe than sorry approach' makes a lot of sense. Nevertheless, we are very careful at what point to issue an alert in order to avoid needlessly scaring our customers." Dixon adds.

Maritime Reporter October 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Coast Guard

Cathelco BWTS Receives AMS Approval

Cathelco Ltd. has received Alternate Management Systems (AMS) acceptance from the U.S. Coast Guard for their ballast water treatment system.   AMS acceptance

Seven Rescued from Sinking Freighter near Haiti

Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday.

China Defies U.S. Plea for Restraint in South China Sea

China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1302 sec (8 req/sec)