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Loss Prevention - Monthly themes Marine fuels/ Bunker

IMO 2020

The global Sulphur Cap is now reality, and every vessle need to comply.

captain looking in a binocular

“Due to the variety of fuels post 2020, the key message is: “Know Your Fuel”. Proper temperature management is essential and with effective preparation, planning and training, the technical and operational challenges can be managed.”

Our superior Loss Prevention team discussed new fuels with Charlotte Røjgaard, the Global Head of Bureau Veritas Marine Fuel Services, VeriFuel, and she offered us some interesting facts about very-low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO).

Read more about it here >

She also shared some frequently asked questions (FAQs) that Bureau Veritas get about the VLSFOs and the answers.

Read the FAQ here >


Regulation 18.2 of MARPOL Annex VI describes the correct procedures in case of vessel not being able to receive compliant fuel:

  • Notify your flag state and the port authority at the next port of call
  • Provide evidence of actions taken to achieve compliance
  • Fill and submit the FONAR (Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report) form

Fonar template > fonar_-_resolution_mepc.32074

N.B. FONAR is not a “license” to use non-compliant fuel!


Further information:



Key messages:

  • Know your fuel!
  • Testing according to ISO 8217:2017
  • If possible – do not use the fuel before the analysis are available
  • Temperature management – viscosity is temperature dependent
  • Keep fuel segregated – until compatibility has been verified
  • Consult your engine maker’s instructions and technical bulletins
  • Bunker tank cleaning – highly recommended before filling with VLSFO
  • Fuel treatment system – ensure system is adjusted for the actual VLSFO


Article as printable PDF: Alandia_imo220