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ClassNK publishes crew advice on fuel change-over

2019-10-01

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).



Tokyo - Classification Society ClassNK has just released its "Booklet for ship crew members: Precautions concerning change-over to 0.50% sulphur compliant fuel oils" to address the IMO regulation on the new sulphur limit for fuel oil used on board ships beginning 1 January 2020. The precautions outline potential risks for ship crew members responsible for operations in the change-over from conventional fuel oils to compliant fuel oils and measures to mitigate the risks.

In light of the sulphur limit regulation affecting the world on a global scale, situations where conventional fuel oils for main engines or auxiliary engines are changed to compliant fuel oils and actually used are expected to increase. The booklet provides ship crew members onboard who bunker and actually use compliant fuel oils with information focusing on the "compatibility" and "cold flow properties" of such fuels as well as associated risks and measures to mitigate such risks. In addition, relevant recommendations and product leaflets provided by several chemical manufacturers pertaining to sludge dispersants and sludge solubilizers are attached to the booklet as references.

 

 

Speaking on the occasion, T. Shimada, General Manager of the ClassNK Machinery Department said "We are aware that the SOx regulation is the biggest challenge shipping companies are currently facing. ClassNK has been carrying out comprehensive and practical initiatives to support clients in complying with the regulation through the release of our "Guidance for onboard use of Compliant Fuel Oil with SOx regulation from 2020" and Ship Implementation Plan (SIP) sample entry, for example. This booklet, which outlines essential precautions for ship crew members responsible for operations in the change-over to compliant fuel oils, was compiled based on our expertise and I am confident that it will come in handy to crew members.

The booklet can be viewed on the ClassNK website under "Products & Services" ? "Statutory Services" ? "SOx?PM regulations" along with other SOx regulation initiatives by the Society. An additional booklet addressing risks related to low viscosity, Cat-fines, ignition/combustion quality, and the measures to mitigate them will also be developed and issued in due course.

Photo: Pierre Terrien

 
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