VPS Warns of Bunker Contamination Crisis in Singapore

Testing firm VPS has warned of a bunker contamination disaster growing in Singapore that would doubtlessly be on the identical scale because the one from Houston in 2018.

The agency, together with Maritec and FOBAS beforehand, has recognized chlorinated hydrocarbons being discovered in Singapore bunkers over latest weeks, a consultant advised Ship & Bunker on Thursday. The agency first alerted its shoppers to the problem on March 11.

In February and March VPS recognized 34 vessels that had obtained HSFO deliveries from two Singapore suppliers with as much as 2,000 ppm of chlorinated hydrocarbons, the corporate stated in an announcement.

“These bunker gas contaminations have affected 14 vessels up to now and the impression has been failure of the gas system to the auxiliary engine ensuing in loss of energy and propulsion making a blackout,” VPS stated in the assertion.

“Fuel system failure arose from seizure of the gas pumps and plunger and barrel corrosion, attributable to the bunker gas contaminants.”

The HSFO gas delivered met the ISO 8217 specs in every case, and VPS discovered the contaminants utilizing gasoline chromatography-mass spectrometry testing.

“The trigger of this latest Singapore gas high quality problem is because of totally different chemical contaminants to that which VPS recognized again in 2018 because the trigger of the Houston gas problem,” the corporate stated in the assertion.

“However, the quantity of instances recognized presently in Singapore  is at a better degree over the primary six weeks in comparison with the quantity recognized in Houston over the same time interval.

“The related issues because of this newest gas contamination relating to asset and vessel safety, crew well being and security and potential environmental-related points, can and may have important impression upon ship operators, in phrases of pricey damages and repairs, voyage delays and time-consuming claims, all drawing on their sources.”


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