The IMO 2020 global sulphur regulation for marine fuel oil has now been in force for over three months. 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.
BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO launched a survey on fuel oil quality and safety in February. 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.
To ensure a high validity of the survey, and a correct assessment of the situation, it is important that as many people as possible respond. We therefore appreciate all answers and input from members in our bid to get an understanding of any issues encountered by the industry.
The survey will end Wednesday 6 May.