Bunkering and VLSFO

Avinash Hegde 2 hours and 2 minutes

The purpose of this course is to provide Engineers and shore superintendents with a basic knowledge of the source, use and precautions to be taken when using fuel oils on board ships. It covers Bunkering operations and the dubious practices used by some suppliers.

Shipowners are faced with significant fuel cost fluctuations and changing emissions regulations, both of which determine the way fuel systems and diesel engines onboard are operated. For this Managers expect Engineers on board and Technical shore staff to have a thorough knowledge of the quality, source and production of Bunkers. The reality is that there is a big knowledge gap, both ashore and on board when it comes to dealing with Bunkers. Most often it's a reactive process where the action begins when there are major problems encountered on board.

We shall focus on the use of residual fuel oil (Heavy Fuel Oil/ Intermediate Fuel Oil). The use of HFO/IFO onboard ships can be very problematic due to the latest IMO 2020 regulations. We will pay particular attention to bunkering operations, storage, processing, machinery using HFO and the current and future regulations regarding fuel on board ships. However, the majority of practices followed for HFO in this also relate to the distillate fuel marine diesel oil/gas oil (MDO/MGO) used on ships. The storage, handling and processing of HFO on board a ship, if not approached in a safe and proficient manner, can result in catastrophic loss of life, loss of the ship or a major pollution incident. Good management and understanding of HFO will present less risk of a heavy fuel oil problem arising, and result in a safer, cleaner and more reliable ship.



Course author

Avinash Hegde

With over 42 years in the Maritime field; I have sailed for 28 years, of which 16 years as a Chief Engineer on a wide variety of vessels inlcuding VLCCs, Product tankers, LPG, Bulk and Container. I have 14 years of shore experience as a Technical Superintendent, Training Manager, New Build, Roving Technical Superintendent, Project Manager and as a freelance Maritime Technical content creator and trainer. My focus is to help the Seafarer overcome the practical challenges he faces in applying the technical knowledge acquired. Equip the Seafarer with the relevant knowledge, and he will be the greatest asset to the company.

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  3. Language: English
  4. Length: 2 hours and 2 minutes
  5. Intended for: Engineers on board and shore technical and operations staff.
  6. Reference: This is a value-added course, which addresses the real challenges of new types of fuels brought on by IMO 2020 regulations.