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News: IMO2020 sulphur cap - online survey to identify fuel issues

26 February 2020

INTERTANKO, BIMCO, ICS and INTERCARGO have launched an online survey to gain a greater understanding of the quality of the new fuel oils and possible safety implications of the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation, and are encouraging shipowners to participate.
 
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.
 
Participants are encouraged to provide short answers to 13 questions about their experiences with fuel oil quality since the change to 0.50% sulphur compliant fuel oils. The deadline for responses is 30 April 2020.
 
The survey can be accessed here