- Easily used by ships maintenance staff right out of the box
- Instant indication of condition for motor bearings, gears, compressors, slewing rings, hoists, winches...
- Plan maintenance and have the spares available on time. Minimise off-hire and demurrage.
Fuel Oil Sampling
Without doubt, the most important aspect of any bunkering is the subject of bunker fuel sampling. This covers the method of taking the sample, location and witnessing.
The importance of a suitably drawn and witnessed representative oil sample from fuel bunkers cannot be over-emphasised. It forms the basis of all discussion, debate or dispute resolution relating to the bunkering. The commonest and most economic means of obtaining a representative sample is by using a drip type sampler. In back to back tests performed by a major fuel bunkering services laboratory over an extended period, fuel oil samples obtained by drip samplers were identical to those from more expensive automatic fuel samplers.
There seems to be no justification for the very considerable extra expense involved in automatic samplers, manufacturers’ claims not withstanding. The table shows the comparison of fuel oil samples taken by manual continuous drip and automatic sampling equipment and is extracted from a paper by Lloyd’s Registrar of Shipping. Source 14th Oslo Bunker Conference “The Bunker Sample - The evidence”
|Comparison of manual & automatic sampler|
|Parameter||Drip Sampler||Automatic Sampler|
|KV at 100°c||23.07||24.32||24.42||24.42|
|Density mg/kg at 15°c||953.7||953.6||953.6||953.7|
|Water % V/V||1.8||1.7||1.8||1.7|
|Ash % m/m||0.1||0.1||0.098||0.11|
|MCR % M/M||9.54||9.60||9.73||9.56|
|Sulphur % M/M||2.65||2.63||2.59||2.61|
|Pour Point °c||+24||+24||+27||+27|