The report provides the results of physical and chemical tests performed on 150 samples of marine "Bunker C" fuel oil as it was bunkered on board U.S. merchant steamships. Twenty-eight companies contributed these samples which represent 75 ports worldwide in eight geographical regions. The comparison of the 1976 and 1980 studies indicates an overall degradation of the quality of bunker fuels available. The most dramatic degradation has occurred in vanadium levels, which rose from 40 ppm to 140 ppm. Other indications of fuel quality, such as ash, API gravity, viscosity, sulfur, and sodium, indicate that a lower quality of fuel is currently available than was available to U.S. merchant steamships in 1976.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Maritime Administration

    Office of Advanced Ship Construction, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1981

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  • Pagination: n.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331599
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM