BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and Intertanko launch survey to identify fuel oil issues

Shipowners’ independent organizations have launched a survey with which they hope to identify any fuel oil issues that have arisen as a result of the new IMO 2020 sulphur cap rules.

They noted that the IMO 2020 global sulphur limit for marine fuel oil had now been in force for more than a month. BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and Intertanko said that they were calling on fleet- and vessel managers, as well as technical superintendents, to share their insight and experiences with the new IMO 2020 compliant fuels.

The four organizations have launched an online survey with the aim to get a greater understanding of the quality of the new fuel oils and possible safety implications of the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation.

The survey’s main focus is on problematic properties of the IMO 2020 compliant fuel oil that might 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 might lead to loss of propulsion and/or black out.