For the team at BunkerTrust, two of the key issues to take away from this year’s Annual Convention was that quality issues are of an epidemic nature and need to be addressed – and improvement of the ethics in the bunker industry is in constant need of improvement.
Sure, there are problems in the industry, which were painfully felt during 2018, and at our Convention we spoke about these problems and how we can work to address them. We had the biggest and longest-lasting episode ever of ships encountering severe fuel-related problems which were not readily discovered during routine testing against the ISO 8217 quality standard. Supply chain control needs to improve, another area where technology may help bring, at least, better transparency. We had enlightening discussions about ethics and how unethical behaviour can cause more than just reputational damage; it can bring a business down.