Shipping Fears Engine Failures as Industry Switches to Low Sulphur Fuel

By Ellen Milligan (Bloomberg) -- Add oil tankers breaking down at sea to the list of things shipping companies are worrying about as they brace for a once-in-a-generation overhaul to the kind of fuel the industry must consume. From Jan. 1, 2020, the vast majority of the world’s merchant fleet will have to use fuel containing no more than 0.5 percent sulfur, down … [Read more...]

Dirty Secrets: Tainted Bunker Fuel Sparks Calls for Tighter Quality Control in Shipping

By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE, Sept 5 (Reuters) - A wave of contaminated fuel that has clogged and damaged engines on hundreds of oil tankers and container vessels in the past months has pushed shippers to demand stricter quality controls around the world. The calls are shining a light on the notoriously opaque shipping fuel sector, where any contamination can spread quickly … [Read more...]

Maersk, Vopak to Launch Low Sulphur Fuel Bunkering Facility in Rotterdam Before 2020

A.P. Moller - Maersk, owner of the world's largest shipping line, has agreed to a joint initiative with independent tank storage operator Royal Vopak to launch a low sulphur bunkering facility in Rotterdam. The facility will help Maersk and other carriers meet the strict rules regarding the International Maritime Organization's .5% sulphur cap beginning in 2020. Located … [Read more...]

UAE Inquiries for Marine Fuel Spike Amid Tainted Singapore Bunkers

By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE, July 31 (Reuters) - Inquiries for marine fuel supplies in the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Fujairah oil hub have spiked as shippers try to avoid loading tainted fuel oil that has clogged and damaged ship engines in Singapore recently, three trade sources said. Tainted marine fuel has been found in Singapore, the world's largest ship … [Read more...]

Contaminated Bunker Fuel Clogging Ship Engines in Singapore -Surveyor

By Roslan Khasawneh SINGAPORE, July 27 (Reuters) - Contaminated marine fuel that clogs and damages ship engines has been found in Singapore, the world's largest ship refuelling hub, according to sources and an alert sent to clients by a marine fuel surveying company. Singapore-based marine fuel surveyor and consulting firm Maritec Pte Ltd warned clients this week that six … [Read more...]