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IBIA and BIMCO publish manual as practical guidance for safe bunkering globally

25 Oct 2022

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and BIMCO recently published The BIMCO & IBIA Shipmaster’s Bunkering Manual as the first practical industry guide for both owners and suppliers providing practical guidance and advice for safe bunkering globally.

The manual is a unique result of cooperation between IBIA and BIMCO to create insight and practical understanding of bunkering across the shipping sectors.  

Bunkering operations are routine and critical, high risk operations which require accurate planning from both the owner and supplier to ensure a safe and successful operation. 

The publication consists of background information as well as checklists and key notes for the entire process for shipowners, Masters and crew on how to prepare, execute and follow up on bunkering as well as what to do when it goes wrong.

Totalling four chapters and phases of the bunkering process, the manual covers the following topics:

Chapter 1: Background insight on fuel types and key regulation 

Everything you need know from fuel oil types, safety, and environmental regulations to ISO standards and contractual issues related to bunkering

Chapter 2: Origin and supply chain of marine bunkers 

An overview of bunker blends before the ship arrives for bunkering followed by a detailed description of the ship’s preparation and planning prior to bunkering. Advice is also given on how to handle a situation if compliant fuel is unavailable in a specific port. Paperwork including the bunker delivery note and certificates of quality are described and recommendations are given that aim to help to use them correctly

Chapter 3: Bunkering procedures

Bunker sampling is one of the most important aspects of bunkering. This chapter covers preparations, practical issues and what to do if something goes wrong. Details of the role each stakeholder ashore and on board undertakes during the process including actions required before, during and after the bunkering

Chapter 4: Calculation of bunker quantity and after completion procedures

Details on how to create a solid background for calculating the bunker quantity and determine if the ordered bunker stem has been delivered. For ships carrying ships specific equipment to undertake the onboard testing of marine fuels, testing procedures referred to. Test results can be complex and difficult to interpret and a detailed description of when a sample is compliant or not is provided. Keeping accurate and up to date oil record book is together with the bunker delivery note important as records for internal and external use for example during port state control

Note: The BIMCO & IBIA Shipmaster’s Bunkering Manual can be purchased here


Photo credit: BIMCO
Published: 25 October, 2022

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