ClassNK gives crew members guidance on IMO 2020 fuel change-over

Written by Nick Blenkey
Front cover of booklet

A booklet for ship crew members just released by classification society ClassNK outlines the potential risks facing seafarers responsible for operations in the change-over from conventional fuels to fuels compliant with IMO 2020 sulfur limits.

The booklet provides crew members who bunker and actually use compliant fuel oils with information focusing on the “compatibility” and “cold flow properties” of those fuels as well as associated risks and measures to mitigate such risks.

In addition, relevant recommendations and product leaflets provided by several chemical manufacturers pertaining to sludge dispersants and sludge solubilizers are attached to the booklet as references.

“We are aware that the SOx regulation is the biggest challenge shipping companies are currently facing,” said T. Shimada, General Manager of the ClassNK Machinery Department. “ClassNK has been carrying out comprehensive and practical initiatives to support clients in complying with the regulation through the release of our ‘Guidance for onboard use of Compliant Fuel Oil with SOx regulation from 2020’ and Ship Implementation Plan (SIP) sample entry, for example.

“This booklet, which outlines essential precautions for ship crew members responsible for operations in the change-over to compliant fuel oils, was compiled based on our expertise and I am confident that it will come in handy to crew members.”

ClassNK’s “Booklet for ship crew members: Precautions concerning change-over to 0.50% sulphur compliant fuel oils” can be accessed HERE

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