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West Africa: EU checks on non-compliance in HFO bunker blending

12 Jul 2018

EU organisation Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) has started checks on producers of blend stocks and traders who blend heavy fuel oil for sea-going vessels due to non-compliance with European rules for chemicals.

“Often, residues of production processes from refineries and the chemical industry are processed in heavy fuel oil for sea-going vessels,” it explains.

“Since accurate track is not kept of what is added to the blends, heavy fuel oil may be produced that represents an unknown risk to people and the environment when stored, transhipped or burnt in vessel engines.”

The ILT believes that the Waste Act has been breached in some cases. This involved blend stocks with, for example, an organochlorine content that was too high (which might lead to toxic dioxin in the exhaust gases of the sea-going vessels).

Due to the ILT inspections, the Vereniging van Onafhankelijke Tankopslagbedrijven (VOTOB; Association of Independent Tank Storage Companies) is, for example, drawing up a guidance for compliance with environmental rules.

The ILT will push to start a comparable procedure at the Vereniging van de Nederlandse Chemische Industrie (VNCI; Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry) and the Vereniging Nederlandse Petrochemische Industrie (VNPI; Association of the Dutch Petrochemical Industry).

Published: 13 July, 2018

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