No positive shifts on bunker claims
Damages’ risks due to unsatisfactory fuel quality expanding in leaps and bounds
Jens Maul Jorgensen, Director for fuel and risk management at the Lübeck shipping company Oldendorff Carriers, warned on an event of the insurance company Skuld in Hamburg. Recent statistics of the from Oldendorff engaged test laboratory showed that the amount of negative checked fuel probes, on a worldwide basis, has been drastically increased during the last year from 21 to 23%.
The situation “frightens me” warned Jorgensen, who is also President of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA). He expects that the bunker quality of the available bunker in the ports is going to be worse during the next years. Many factors are responsible for this. Of the one part more and more amounts of heavy fuel must be mixed respectively diluted to reduce the sulfur content which will be restricted during the next years, because of the upcoming international standards. Hereby increases the risk of impurities by so called Cat Fines. It refers to aluminum and silicon compounds, which are inserted as a catalyst during the refinery process of the crude oil. They are extremely damaging to engines.
A high amount of inorganic particles, like cat fines, can damage easily the engine
Bunker supplier are under extreme price pressure because of the strained economically situation of the shipping companies. “Supplier taking increased risks and mix the fuel more and more.” The expert invites shipping companies and charterer, to control more exact the documents of the fuel supplier to enforce compensation claims.
Vessel damages have dramatically increased during the recent years because of Cat Fines according to HIS Fairplay. Till November 2013 nine cases have been recorded, in the year 2001 it was only one case.
source: Oldendorff Carries