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188.8.131.52 BUNKER QUALITY – PROPER SAMPLING
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It cannot be stressed often enough that proper sampling and testing procedures should be carried out before bunkers are taken on board. Sampling must be carried out with the utmost care. The taking of samples should follow the Company’s written procedures and be in compliance with recognised industry standards.
If the quality of the bunkers taken is not within the required specification, this may have serious consequences not only for the engines but also for the safety of the vessel, crew and cargo. Main engine failures due to bunkers being off-specification may result in casualties with substantial financial consequences such as