Paul Hardy of NSI is raising an interesting topic – the compatibility complexity.


Wednesday January 30, 2019 Paul Hardy, NSI

Paul Hardy raises an interesting issue when he digs deeper into the complexities concerning the compatibility of fuels. This is an issue which concerns the majority of the shipping community coming the 2020 sulphur cap.

Paul Hardy tells Ship & Bunker that

In theory, the only safe way to assess compatibility is to take an extra sample on delivery and then courier this sample to the next port of delivery and do pre-delivery tests on products with the various suppliers in port. This is possible on long voyages but if ships are operating short haul it represents a problem. Secondly, there is the question of logistics of operating such a programme.

Naturally the owners or charterers will be faced with the choice of either co-mingling the fuel or segregating.

That further raises the question:

…if the product is found not to be compatible after the barge has arrived: Will it be possible to cancel the order? Will it be possible to reduce the order quantity to segregate the product? What will be the penalties for underlift? Especially if the product has been hedged by the supplier. The suppliers’ argument will naturally be “the product is on-spec” and compatibility is your problem not mine.

Paul Hardy makes the conclusion that it could pay to outsource the process of ensuring availability of COQ’s and handle any negotiations if issues arise due to incompatibility.

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