Testing the fuel is absolutely essential for the safe and efficient operation of the ship. Poor fuel costs the ship owners millions of dollars in damage and downtime each year.
SeaTec’s Bunker Fuel Oil analysis programme which conforms to ISO 8217 testing requirements and will be in compliance with MARPOL Annex VI. Although the service offered matches or exceeds those available to the marine industry, it is packaged and priced for the benefit of our clients.
SeaTec aims to offer the highest quality testing standards, accredited to ISO 9002 and ISO 17025 as well as aiming to provide the fastest turn-around time based on a combination of the latest laboratory equipment, global sample pickup, single point of contact and online reporting. Samples are analysed on the day of delivery with the ability to report on the same day. If any off-specification fuel are being identified an alert is being sent to the client within 24 hrs upon receipt of the sample.
The routine tests on fuel samples includes density, API gravity, viscosity at 50°C and at 100°C, upper pour point, flash point, elemental analysis, water and ash content. Elemental analysis identifies the content level of such elements as carbon residue, sulphur, vanadium, sodium, aluminium, silicon, calcium, iron, lead, nickel, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium and sediment. The test results will also include calculated parameters such as Calculated Carbon Aromaticity Index, calorific value, recommended minimum transfer temperature and the recommended temperature required at injection. An indication if the bunkered fuel is mixed with any other substance such as waste lubricating oil, can be determined with the help of these tests.
Fuel purifier efficiency
We also have a bunker fuel oil purifier assessment programme which consists of a series of specified tests undertaken on fuel samples form the purifier inlet and outlet to determine the unit’s efficiency in performing its functions of removing water, catalytic fines and other elements. The results help you to continuously monitor and improve the performance of your purifier.