Bunker Adjustment Methodology Gets Okay

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

March 13, 2019

Pic: Lloyd's Register

Pic: Lloyd's Register

Maersk Tankers, owned by A.P. Moller Holding, uses the methodology Bunker Adjustment to distribute payments to pool partners based on the bunker consumption of their vessels compared to the pool average.

The methodology has now been reviewed by Lloyd’s Register, confirming its conformity to recognised industry quality standards, said the product tanker company operating 164 vessels, one of the largest fleets in the product tanker industry.

The Bunker Consumption methodology calculates how much fuel each pool vessel consumes in relation to the pool average and allows Maersk Tankers as a pool manager to distribute payments to pool partners accordingly, giving pool partners a fair and transparent distribution of money.

Independent subject matter experts from Lloyd’s Register have conducted an audit of the Bunker Adjustment calculation engine and have assessed its conformity with established methodologies and published international standards, such as ISO 15016:2015 and ISO 19030:2016.

“We use the Bunker Adjustment methodology, as we believe it is the fairest and most accurate way of distributing payments related to bunker consumption to our partners. The third-party verification by Lloyd’s Register speaks to that,” says Ulrich Schittek, Head of Management Services, After Sales, at Maersk Tankers.

Bunker Adjustment rewards good operational performance and offers a healthy return on investment to pool partners that invest in the fuel efficiency of their vessels, which they can do for instance through applying anti-fouling hull paint or training their crews to operate the vessel in a fuel-efficient way.

Bunker Adjustment uses data which is normalised to remove the impact of speed, draft, cargo handling and weather from a vessel’s performance. Through this, the actual performance of all vessels is assessed under the same conditions.

The methodology was launched in August 2015 and is built on robust metrics and algorithms and known naval architectural methodologies. The backbone of Bunker Adjustment is calculated by the external performance provider Vessel Performance Solutions (VPS).

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