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27 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 08:49 GMT+2

August 19, 2020

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The transaction of the shipping industry to the use of fuels low sulfur did not happen without problems

This is highlighted by a survey carried out by Bimco, ICS, Intercargo and Intertanko

The transaction did not happen without problems shipping industry to use low-fuel fuels sulfur content, a step that has been imposed by the new agreed standards at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) based on which since January 1st, the maximum sulphur content in fuel for ship use must be 0.50%. It's the results of a survey carried out among the 24 February and 6 May Bimco, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Intercargo and Intertanko, an investigation that also reveals that the problems quality and fuel safety will continue to represent a challenge for the shipping industry.

In particular, the survey carried out by the four associations focused on potential problems such as the increase in drainage of sewage sludge, the occlusion of pipes, the use of pre-heaters, separators and filters for fuel, the blocking of fuel pumps, the problems fuel oil ignition problems. The survey also focused on other issues incomplete combustion, the formation of waste and the increase in the wear of the cylinder rods, problems - highlighted Bimco, ICS, Intercargo and Intertanko - can lead to a reduction or stop in propulsion.

"The survey - explained Christian B'kmark Schiolborg, Manager Marine Environment of Bimco - provides us valuable information on the breadth and nature of the problems met by industry in the transition to the use of combustible oil low sulfur content. The industry had extensive experience heavy fuel oil management and survey provides information about which parameters of the new types of fuel poses the biggest challenges for fuel management on board."

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