While the new low sulfur regulations are approaching, Wilhelmsen has formed a partnership with Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science to introduce a mobile XRF analyser which will enable the crews to perform lab-quality testing onboard the ship, in order to verify, within seconds, the sulfur content of the bunker stems.
The handheld analyser complies with ASTM D4294, ISO8754 and IP336 sulfur standard test methods and includes a GPS sensor in order to be easily verified where each analysis took place. As happens with all Hitachi High-Tech Spectometers, It requires little sample preparation and minimum users’ training while it is able to provide instant and accurate results.
According to Wilhelmsen, this equipment will assist the crew to minimise the risks of accidental non-compliance with the low-sulfur regulations, especially when the vessels are entering a SECA zone, where the maximum sulfur content should not be higher than 0.10%, instead of 0.50% in the rest of the seas. Furthermore, the equipment can also be utilised during bunkering operations in order for the crew to measure the fuel’s actual sulfur content and avoid taking delivery of an off-spec bunker, which might result into possible specification issues after deliver or even after consumption.
Furthermore, with the use of Hitachi High-Tech’s cloud service and data-sharing, the crew will be able to store, share with other stakeholders and manage the analysis results anywhere and at anytime. The equipment could also be used by the Port State Control Authorities, during an inspection, to verity that the vessel follows the IMO 2020 regulations.
As Jonas Östlund, Product Marketing Manager, Oil Solutions of Wilhelmsen notes: “No hassle testing, onboard and on demand, Hitachi High-Tech’s XRF analysers, will make navigating the new fuel sulphur regulations, while not quite plain sailing, far less of a burden”.