Fuel consumes 30-40 % of a ship’s operating costs. Poor quality of fuel, not only has commercial consequences on a ship’s OPEX, there can be compliance and critical consequences as well. With IMO 2020, emissons are highly regulated at ports. Having non-compliant fuel shall lead to pollution fines and other legal consequences. More critically, contaminated fuels can do lasting engine damage, with the ship stalling out at sea. It poses serious risks, as shown here. These are not one off cases, as over 100 ships have had issues with engine fuel contamination.
The current fuel quality testing methods are manual drip sampling of a limited sample, which is time consuming and prone to errors. The question that we ask are
- Is the sample representative?
- Can we do it faster?