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Friday, April 24, 2020 

BIMCO reminds shipowners and operators that with the IMO 2020 global sulphur regulation for marine fuel oil having been in force for over three months, it, and other industry organisations, need ship operators to share experiences.

A survey, on fuel oil quality and safety, launched in February 2020 by BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and Intertanko, called on fleet- and vessel managers, as well as technical superintendents, to share their insight and experiences with new IMO 2020 compliant fuels. The survey will end on 6th May.

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

To ensure a high validity of the survey, and a correct assessment of the situation, it is important that as many people as possible respond. BIMCO would appreciate all answers and input from members in its bid to get an understanding of any issues encountered by the industry.

The survey can be found here.

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