Fuel Quality Testing



As well as comparing results against client’s fuel purchasing specification, checks can also be made for compliance with IMO and EU regulatory requirements. Please also refer to trouble-shooting and investigative analysis for VPS’ extended analytical services.


Our Approach and Process


As the industry’s pioneer in marine fuel analysis, VPS introduced the concept of testing bunker purchases in 1981, at a time when deteriorating bunker quality and escalating fuel prices were giving ship operators massive problems. Today, bunker quality has not improved and must be continuously monitored to ensure it meets specifications due to increased secondary refining, blending activities as well as potential contamination from sources within the supply chain. In addition, stricter environmental regulations and the introduction of more Emission Control Areas (ECA) have necessitated increased use of low sulphur fuels and also distillates which are not without quality issues.



The following options are provided for our FQT customers

  • FQT data is also available to clients through VPS’ online password-protected Data Access service. Historical data of client’s samples tested within the last two years can be retrieved.
  • Value-added services (Bunker Alerts/ Circulars, Bunker Master, Case Histories)
  • Round Table Meetings
  • A complete range of inter-related services on fuel management


The VPS FQT chain service involves:
Collection of a representative fuel sample

A representative sample is collected at the vessel’s fuel manifold. The importance of proper sampling cannot be over-emphasised. Analysis results are only as good as the samples submitted. The VPS 2-part Instruction Manual  that is enclosed in the VPS Sampling Kit provides full information on procedures and documentation requirements.

Transportation of the fuel sample

Bunker fuel samples should be submitted to the laboratory for testing as soon as possible after the bunkering operation is completed.

VPS’s Samplogic online complimentary shipping tool is available to clients. This is designed to offer booking of bunker fuel sample collection, generate the required shipping documents and to track the delivery status of the submitted bunker sample. To access CTIS, VPS customers should visit the website at http://samplogic.v-p-s.com/

For assistance, clients can email samplogic_admin@v-p-s.com

In situations where there is limited access to the internet, customers can continue to refer to the VPS Air Courier Directory for contact details of the air courier companies for pickups.

Laboratory testing of the fuel sample

Upon arrival at any of the VPS laboratories, fuel analysis is performed according to the client’s fuel purchasing specification, usually to ISO 8217 requirements. The full battery of tests is normally completed within 24 hours.

Technical advisory and release of the FQT results

Test results are evaluated by our technical experts who will determine if the fuel has met the required standards and provide you with fuel handling advise for optimal operation performance. The Enhanced FQT Report is available in colour-coded pdf format in two parts comprising specification comparison and an operational trend. If there are urgent issues on the quality of your fuel VPS will normally contact you personally.