Panama marine fuel sales in 2018 were hit by the “bad bunkers” problem that started in the US Gulf region with a 1.8% drop in sales.

One of the biggest issues this year has been contaminated fuel problems that started in the US Gulf and spread across continents with law firm Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC) now reporting that they are involved in a case in China.

The fuel contamination issue continues to be a problem and perhaps in tacit recognition that it is not going away soon, Norwegian P&I Club Gard has put out some practical recommendations to help members deal with the issue.

The issues with contaminated bunker supplies in the Houston area earlier this year continue and have begun to spread worldwide, the Standard Club warned in a web alert.

A critical review by Intertanko of the damage caused to hundreds of ships through contaminated bunkers supplied over the past five months, has slammed the inaction by government authorities on the issue and demanded that fuel blenders and suppliers be required to fully warrant the quality of their fuels.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has issued a marine safety alert over fuel contamination in the US Gulf region.