The author of this paper is assistant manager of Veritas Petroleum Services, the marine fuel analysis service subsidiary of Det norske Veritas. He discusses many of the obvious--and less obvious-- benefits of routine fuel oil analysis. These benefits include: independent analysis of each delivery; respected evidence for use in negotiation or litigation; a fuel quality history; avoidance of engine damage; less likelihood of poor-quality fuel deliveries in an environment where the supplier knows that quality is being monitored; checks on water content, since owners should not pay for water; technical advice; and statistical data on the quality of fuel delivered by suppliers in ports worldwide. The paper concludes by pointing out that many insurers now caution shipowners that claims for damages from alleged poor-quality bunkers may not be successful without evidence that the insured has adopted accepted standards and practices for fuel oil management.

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  • Pagination: 17p.

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  • Accession Number: 00656488
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM