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2019 August 21 15:21

Organisations release Joint Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50%-sulphur marine fuel

A number of shipping, refining, fuel supply and standards organisations have worked together to produce Joint Industry Guidance on the supply and use of 0.50% - sulphur marine fuel released on 20 August 2019. The publication has been developed by experts from across shipping, refining, supply and testing of marine fuels, OCIMF press release said.

The publication is designed to provide guidance for stakeholders across the marine fuels and shipping industries, from fuel blenders and suppliers to end users. It presents the specific safety and operational issues relating to the supply and use of max. 0.50%-sulphur fuels, an overview of fuel quality principles, and the controls that should be put in place to ensure that safety issues are identified, prevented and/or mitigated. It addresses issues such as fuel compatibility, fuel stability, and fuel handling and storage, and contains a comprehensive review of existing operational factors that can affect safety. It does not address issues related to compliance with Flag State, Port State or IMO rules or guidelines, or alternative means of compliance (e.g. Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems), and does not include a discussion of alternative fuels such as liquefied natural gas, hydrogen or methanol.

Key messages:

The publication is free and available to download from the websites of the participating organisations. The publication will be supported by an e-learning course to be released in October 2019.

The aims of the e-Learning course include:
To provide an understanding of MARPOL Annex VI and its potential impact on the management of fuels on board ships.
To raise awareness of and offer solutions to potential fuel management issues.

The organisations inlcude: African Refiners Association (ARA), Concawe, Environmental Science for European Refining, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) International Council on Combustion Engines (CIMAC), International Group of P&I Clubs, IPIECA (The global oil and gas association for advancing environmental and social performance), ISO/TC 28/SC 4/WG 6, Japan Petroleum Energy Center (JPEC), Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA).

The document is available here >>>>