An ineffective fuel treatment system increases the risk of undue wear, component failure and increased maintenance and the associated costs.
In the event of a problem, charterers or suppliers, for example, may claim that the ship’s purification plant was operating incorrectly and it is the responsibility of the operator to disprove this.
Going beyond the testing of fuel quality during bunkering, a Fuel System Audit tests the effectiveness of the vessels treatment system.
Carried out at regular intervals Fuel System Audits reduce the risk of component damage and quality disputes.
A fuel system audit involves an approved surveyor taking measurements across the fuel system on board. From storage and settling tanks to the separator plant, line filters and engine inlet, a fuel system audit checks the fuel quality at every treatment stage through analysis of samples taken both before and after fuel passes through each system component. This analysis is used to determine whether each component is working correctly so that any required adjustments can be managed effectively. The advantages of a fuel audit can include:
- Confidence in the use of fuel and in fuel management system effectiveness.
- Reduced risk of component failure.
- Increased time between overhauls and therefore reduced running costs.
- Better Specific Fuel Oil Consumption.
- Informed management of the risks in cases of borderline quality fuels.
- Reduced insurance premiums as it is often recognised by insurance companies as ‘good housekeeping’.