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Since the start of the year, Lloyd’s Register BQS Service has noted ‘a large number of discrepancy incidents and shortages in bunker surveys’.

While acknowledging that the contributory factors to this issue have varied from port to port, FOBAS highlights that one of the main reasons for the situation could be that very low sulphur fuel oils (VLSFO) are not stabilising in barge and vessel sounding pipes. This can lead to inaccurate or false readings of the measured fuels ‘due to poor flow of the liquid caused by low temperatures (ambient and fuel) causing waxy conditions.’

Lloyd’s Register advises that a bunker quantity surveyor should be appointed for all bunker operations when VLSFO fuels are being loaded.


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