ShipCare Monthly Technical Update – October 2017

Intertek ShipCare Technical Update – October 2017

15th November 2017

  • Fuel Quality Overview.

In looking at the data accumulated during October 2017, we can see that of all samples tested, 8.9% showed one or more parameters to be in excess of the ISO limits as stipulated for the particular grade of fuel (above ISO limits but within the 95% confidence interval for that particular test) whilst 4.4% of all fuels tested were deemed to be off specification based on a single test result i.e. above the 95% confidence interval.
Stand out cases for concern related to the supply of a number of Ultra Low Sulphur products (DMA and RMD 80 grade fuels) supplied in Rotterdam that showed off spec Sulphur levels when analysed. Results ranged from 0.12% m/m to 0.13% m/m.
For further specific details of the overall quality of fuels supplied in September 2017 please contact our Customer Services Dept. via the e-mail address. Alternatively all statistical data may be accessed through Sentinel using your client specific login at

  • Fine and Dandy? – Not according to UK P&I…….

The ongoing battle between ship owners / operators and those pesky abrasive particles in marine fuels, catalytic fines, has to be one of history’s great on running battles. This continuing saga casts a shadow over other historic rivalries such as the clash of intellectual titans in the form of Sherlock Holmes and the nefarious Professor Moriarty and the overwhelming sheer physicality of the confrontations between Godzilla and Mothra. Despite their diminutive size Catalytic Fines continue to be a point of contention for operators and the “scourge” of marine diesel engines. A recent report published by the UK P&I Club highlights the issues and gives guidance on how to avoid potential pitfalls.
The full report can be downloaded using the below link:

  • IMO to discuss carriage ban on HSFO

As the 2020 debate continues to rumble on more and more questions seem to be thrown up in relation to compliance options for owners and operators with an increasing focus on measures of enforcement and how compliance will be policed. One such initiative has been highlighted in a recent article by IBIA’s Unni Einemo. The article examines the possible carriage ban of high sulphur fuels on-board vessels not equipped with an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) or Scrubber. The full article can be accessed via the IBIA webpage using the below link:

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