SeaTec develops new tool to optimise vessel fuel
A new tool developed by SeaTec aims to increase fuel efficiency for vessels.
Developed by the Condition Monitoring team, the tool will preventatively identify very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) at risk. Since the introduction of IMO 2020 in January, which required sulphur emissions across the maritime industry to be reduced by over 80%, a wide of range of low sulphur fuels have hit the market. However, many of these fuels are linked to low stability tolerance, ultimately resulting in poor vessel performance. SeaTec’s tool aims to use the data derived from testing fuel samples to suggest solutions for better operations.
Gilberto Zambrini, Global Graduate Engineer at SeaTec, explains the benefits that the testing tool can bring: “IMO 2020 has resulted in the heavy usage of VLSFO and while there are benefits to reducing sulphur, we have noticed a significant rise in performance issues. For example, more instances of purifier clogging have been experienced, causing delays and downtime. By better understanding these issues through testing, we can assist our customers by providing optimal fuel solutions.”
Through SeaTec’s extensive database of analysis and incident reports gathered from a number of global suppliers, a correlation between VLSFO fuels was established. Using this method, SeaTec can point out future samples at risk and take preventative measures, such as adding stability improver additives. “An additional benefit of the tool”, explains Gilberto, “is that it can also be used at the purchasing stage so that owners are aware of the risk from different suppliers, lessening the likelihood of issues occurring on board. By continually investing in decision making tools for our customers, we can add real value as a supplier in line with our operating model.”