By Capt. Rahul Choudhuri, VPS Managing Director, AMEA



Bunker amount management continues to be underestimated. And that is costing operators hundreds of {dollars} per day.

In 2019, our white paper revealed that failure to correctly management the bunkering course of resulted in a amount lack of US$96,200 per vessel per yr, on common.

Additionally, VPS Bunker Surveyors recorded 82,490 m/tons of undeclared bunkers in 2020, a lot of which may have been prevented if stakeholders had employed skilled bunker surveyors – for a fraction of that value.

This scenario has worsened because of the restrictions on bodily motion resulting from COVID 19. In truth, this precipitated the variety of bunker monitoring and management surveys to drop, making a marked improve in unlawful actions.

Our proactive method shortly recognized the theft of 98 metric tons of gasoline

On fifth June 2021, VPS carried out a Remaining On Board (R.O.B.) survey on board a Singapore-registered bunker Tanker (A) at brief discover by the Charterer.

The native authorities had detected Bunker Tanker (A) finishing up unauthorized switch of bunker cargo to a different vessel (B) quickly after she got here out of a loading terminal.

The R.O.B. survey on board Bunker Tanker (A) confirmed a scarcity of 98 m/tons as compared with the after loading R.O.B. amount on the terminal.

The VPS Surveyor found proof that the pipeline flange earlier than the Mass Flow Meter(MFM) had been opened and the bunker cargo was transferred out by way of this outlet to vessel B. (See picture above)

Why correct R.O.B. amount management is vitally necessary

It’s a disturbing incontrovertible fact that inner R.O.B. controls can simply be manipulated or skewed if managed by unscrupulous workers.

At VPS, we firmly imagine that prevention is best than treatment.

The VPS Bunker Surveyor acts because the eyes and ears for the vessel’s Chief Engineer and workers by expertly supervising the entire bunker operation. They maintain the bunker supply, present native data, full all the required paperwork, guarantee correct sampling, distribution and quick pattern dispatch to the closest VPS laboratory.

To put this one other means, each the R.O.B. on a bunker tanker and the vessel danger giant monetary losses when poorly managed.

We advocate partaking the skilled providers of a VPS Bunker Surveyor. Our expertise, integrity and experience will precisely and independently confirm the precise amount onboard.

This method actively protects your funding and your repute.

And you’ll be able to’t put a worth on that.


Photo credit score: VPS
Published: 17 June, 2021

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