Wilhelmsen Ships Service on Monday (11 February) entered into a supply agreement with Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science (Hitachi High-Tech) for its handheld XRF analysers to enable vessel crews to accurately and efficiently test the sulphur content of their fuel, on the spot.
Wilhelmsen will be offering the X-MET8000 handheld XRF analyser from Hitachi High-Tech which complies with ASTM D4294, ISO8754, and IP336 sulphur test methods.
With no clear guidance for member states from the IMO as yet, recommended test methods for fuel compliance include drone technology to assess smoke plumes and sniffer units in port to detect sulphur emissions, notes Wilhelmsen.
However, with cost and weather issues affecting such solutions, it is likely mobile equipment such as the X-MET8000 which port state control officers can use to quickly pass or fail vessels’ fuel, will become the favoured means of testing compliance to the new regulations, it says.
“Partnering with Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, one of the leading fuel testing specialist, enables us to provide our customers, what we believe will, become an absolutely essential tool ahead of IMO 2020,” said Jonas Östlund, Product Marketing Manager, Oil and Water, Marine Products Wilhelmsen Ships Service.
“Crews will be able to eliminate the risk of accidental non-compliance. As vessels approach Emission Control Areas (ECAs), with a lower 0.1%, permissible sulphur content limit, the engine room can immediately and accurately test the Sulphur content of the fuel flowing to the engines after changeover and ensure it is compliant.”
In addition to mitigating the risks of non-compliance during changeovers, fast, reliable, on-board testing equipment lessens the reliance on the traditional Bunker Delivery Note empowering crews to check the sulphur content of fuel during bunkering rather than potentially having to deal with potential fuel specification issues after the fact.
“No hassle testing, onboard and on demand, Hitachi High-Tech’s XRF analysers, along with their industry leading expertise and technical support, will make navigating the new fuel sulphur regulations, while not quite plain sailing, far less of a burden,” he adds.
Vito Angona, Global Sales Director, Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science says, “Our partnership with Wilhelmsen offers customers the best of both worlds, our 45-years of expertise in fuels analysis and Wilhelmsen’s wealth of experience in the shipping services market. We offer a turnkey solution to the market, everything you need for sulphur analysis in one place by one supplier.”
Photo credit: Wilhelmsen Ships Service
Published: 13 February, 2019
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