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Are your fuel tanks ready for IMO2020?

Nov 8, 2019


With the forthcoming IMO2020 regulation to curb sulphur emissions being almost upon us simply switching to a compliant fuel is not enough. You may need to ensure that your fuel tanks are clean and ready in 2020.

Issues such as HFSO derived layers of sludge and fuel contamination can easily push emissions well above the 0.5% cap.

To avoid falling into the non-compliance trap, we strongly recommend tank cleaning.

Your IMO2020 compliance choices are:

Scrubbers: If these units are fitted and in full operation then no further action is likely to be required.
Fuel Flushing: Flushing tanks with MGO or VLSFO several times may provide satisfactory results. However, other than the considerable cost it will not assure compliance.
Tank Cleaning: Must be done on/before 01.01.2020 when the new regulation will be in force. Cleaning of tanks and pipework to meet requirements in IMO circular MEPC1/Circ 878.

Although we can offer product supply only on request, we also offer a prepared service including:

  1. Scoping: We will need to know:
    1. Number and size of tanks
    2. Amount of time allocated for service (if supervision required)
    3. Will vessel provide consumables or are we required to supply?
    4. Waste disposal service
  2. Reservation: Once the scope is set, we will provide a cost and time frame for services required and seek firm order.
  3. Delivery: In coordination with operations/vessel agents we will arrange for any travel, product supply at convenient ports ex Fujairah, Houston, Rotterdam and Singapore.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) offers strict guidelines about the methods we utilise to clean tanks and the products which are used during the various processes. Whether you’re operating a single vessel or a large fleet, you need to be aware of the legal implications of making the wrong decisions.

We offer a range of IMO approved tank cleaning products, enabling your organisation to remain compliant whenever a tank is cleaned. The IMO sets high standards for such products, so you can enjoy peace of mind whenever they are in use.

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