the UK P&I Club focuses on the importance of taking proper samples during bunker operations.
The mutual liability insurer says it continues to see bunker quality claims arising from delivery of off-specification bunkers. In many of these cases, fuel-sampling procedures on board at the time of delivery have been inadequate and unreliable. This, the insurer says, complicates the claims handling process.
Asked whether the film was relevant to this year’s implementation of IMO’s mandatory 0.50% sulphur in fuel limit (IMO 2020) and the consequent widespread use of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) a spokesperson replied that proper sampling had always been a vitally important part of the bunkering process.
They added: “Any disputes between charterers and owners are compounded if the samples cannot be relied upon.
The club expects more disputes than normal due to the introduction of IMO 2020 and VLSFO and so a video was made to highlight the importance of taking proper sampling. There are a number of issues with VLSFO which aren’t mentioned in the short four-minute video. It only discusses the issue of bunker sampling which is a common issue and something which can be improved upon by ship’s crew. In relation to IMO 2020 or VLSFO incompatibility, the Club acknowledges that proper sampling is key to identifying these issues. Unless the sampling is done correctly none of the IMO 2020 issues can be managed.”
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