As fuel contamination issues spike IBIA makes the case for more consistent testing

Following a spate of fuel contamination reports across the world from Singapore to the US Gulf in recent months the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has called for a globally consistent fuel testing method and protocol.

In a release, IBIA stated: “There will be some who believe that this issue is best left to the likes of ISO, ASTM or CIMAC and/or the testing companies. However, IBIA will develop a proposal to form a Working Group with participation from all of the key parties involved in fuel oil testing in order to address the current issue and the potential solutions, including the development of a globally consistent method and protocol.”

IBIA stated that anecdotally it appeared that, to date, more than 100 vessels have been affected by fuel contamination issues.

IBIA has made a call for shipping lines to share their information on the issue to help find solutions.

“Presently, there is no consensus and not all stakeholders are willing to publicly share their findings and views. It’s a controversial topic and there is plenty of heated debate,” IBIA concluded.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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