Seagoing ships are regularly provided with poor quality marine fuels during bunker stops. This can lead to various types of engine problems, which, in the worst case scenario, can result in a ship losing power. This obviously puts the ship and its crew in danger, with numerous associated consequences.
Additionally, the shipping sector does not want to be used as an illegal form of waste disposal. These practices are not only harmful to the marine environment, but also to the vessel’s crew who may be exposed to dangerous substances. In most bunker ports, there is currently minimal control of the quality of marine fuels and the presence of prohibited substances.
The shipping sector strives towards high quality bunker fuels and therefore advocates a structural solution that will prevent illegal fuel mixing.
Furthermore – just as car drivers expect when they refuel their car at a petrol station – shipowners want to be able to operate in good faith. Transparency and reliability in the entire bunker fuel supply chain are essential parts of this.