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15 July 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 14:19 GMT+2

September 3, 2019

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Published a guide on the supply and the use of naval fuel IMO 2020

Between the warnings, those to load the fuel to low tenor with sulfur in empty tanks

In sight of the effectiveness next 1° January of the international norms that impose a limit of the sulfur tenor pairs to 0.50% in mass for fuel to marine use, in recent days numerous organizations of the fields of the shipping, the refining, supplying of fuel and agencies of standardization they have published a guide on the supply and the use of marine fuel with these characteristics, the scope to supply to the interested parts indications on how of storage and employment of these fuels and in order to illustrate relative operating the problematic detailed lists of safety and to the supply and the use of the bunker.

Between the several warnings proposed from guide "The supply and use of 0.50%-sulphur marine fuels", evidence the necessity that suppliers and purchasers of the fuel supply to the ship information adapted on the distributed fuel in order to allow with the crew to identify and to manage potential associated operating problems and of safety to determined property and characteristics of the fuel.

The publication emphasizes also that, since is previewed that the characteristics of the bunker can vary considerable, the crew of the ship would have to adopt a proattivo approach to the management of the fuel, knowing some the characteristics in order to be able to answer to relative requirement, in particular in terms of temperature on board and of eventual commistioni with other fuels.

The guide evidences moreover that, if today the compatibility between coming fuel from various sources of supplying can be source of worry for theirs uses, the appraisal of the fuel compatibility with sulfur tenor within 0.50% coming from various sources will be fundamental and, therefore, in the limits of possible the fuel would have to be loaded in an empty tank. Therefore the space available for the fuel cargo new would have to be considered based on the ability to the empty tanks to the aim to avoid confusion during the loading of the fuel.

At last the publication exhorts operators of the ships and fuel suppliers see again practical the operating ones in order to grant to sufficient time to the verification of the compatibility between the present fuel on the ship and that of which the delivery is previewed, above all if on the ship is not available an empty tank dedicated specifically to the fuel in delivery.

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