What is Fuel Oil Testing?
Fuel oil analysis is a series of tests used to determine the
quality of the marine fuel. The tests conducted determines the
characteristics of the fuel and is compared to the ISO 8217:1996
specification for marine fuels. Results show whether the quality
of a supplied fuel meets the international standard of quality
for the particular fuel concerned. Under a customized set of tests
such as the Maritec Program, test data can be analyzed and recommendations
for onboard treatment and fuel optimization can be made. Additional tests
are also conducted to determine contaminants or other substances have been
added to the fuel.
Why do we need Fuel Oil Testing?
The main reason would be to provide invaluable
information to prevent engine damage or breakdowns
caused by inferior quality fuel. Besides the possibility
of poor maintenance, one of the major reasons for engine
breakdown is poor quality fuel.
The fuel received by the ship may be of poor quality
or even contaminated fuel supplied through genuine
mistakes or by rogue suppliers.
Bad quality fuel is caused by:
Dirt and Sediments
Impurities in the fuel
Presence of water
Presence of unknown additives
Presence of residual fuels
Unknown blending of various grades of fuels
Presence of contaminants