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Low sulphur fuel compatibility issues highlighted

With the start of IMO 2020 just weeks away issues of fuel compatibility with the greater use of very low sulphur fuels were highlighted at a seminar by the UAE Branch of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

Matthias Winkler, managing director of CMT, explained that with the growing use of low sulphur fuels testing for stability and compatibility of combining of fuels was becoming increasingly important. Although the fuels are produced to be stable the newly bunkered fuel may not be compatible with existing fuel stocks onboard the vessel.

Winkler highlighted that CMT’s onboard fuel compatibility could test fuels in four hours, providing engineers with information that could help prevent sludge build up, damage to fuel oil systems and ensure smooth engine operation by ruling out any problems with fuel combustion ahead of time.

In his presentation Winkler also emphasised optimising diesel engines to improve performance, the use of indicator diagrams, sensors linked to online systems and handheld systems for more detailed analysis.

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Nikeel Idnani, Honorary Secretary of the IMarEST UAE, commented: “The presentation introduced innovative ways of monitoring the complete combustion process to reduce fuel consumption and emissions commensurate with the IMO 2050 target. Enhancing the performance of engines is a straightforward method of reducing GHG emissions and operational costs of a vessel.”

Idnani noted CMT also pointed out the risks brought about the incompatibility of different fuel types.

The seminar, organized by CMT’s exclusive distributor in the Middle East - Planet Blue Marine was attended 101 regional shipowners, managers, and executives.

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