In the News

A selection of published articles and press interviews.

Seatrade Maritime News


Bunkering in the Americas – getting it right

23 Jun 2016

“I don’t like crude oil because it’s so vulgar.” I heard those words on an oil trading floor one day. Must have been a trader on the wrong side of a deal. And shipowners may echo that sentiment once again in the not too distant future.

Setting the standards for a world class fuels laboratory

27 May 2016

What is quality? The Oxford dictionary defines quality as “The standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something”.

For a fuel testing laboratory there are many aspects to the quality of the lab and the results that it produces. Most of us will be familiar to some degree with the ISO management certificates, such as ISO 9000 quality management system, ISO 14000 environmental management system and OHSAS 18001 health and safety management system.

The quality of 'hybrid'/ECA-compliant fuels - is more choice necessarily a good thing?

3 May 2016

Since the introduction of new ECA fuels (NEFs) in the market end of 2014, the increase in number and variety has been simply impressive. Over 20 products from different origins with and varying in quality characteristics, yet with the apparent common element of the maximum Sulphur (S) content of 0.10%. So is having all these choices necessarily a good thing?

The critical role of a surveyor in bunkering

18 March 2016

Although the drop in oil price has led to a fall in operational cost of a vessel, bunker fuel - especially when the more expensive distillate is used in an Emission Control Area (ECA) - remains a significant component of operational cost. Even for heavy fuel oil there is a need to measure density because fuel is bought by weight but delivered by volume.

Monitoring and benchmarking fuel quality for improved performance

26 February 2016

Monitoring operations and managing cost are more important than ever given the extreme financial challenges facing the global shipping industry.

The case for adopting latest version of ISO 8217 specifications in bunkering

January 2016

The ISO 8217:2012, the current and fifth edition of the ISO 8217 international fuel standard was driven by the IMO push for improved bunker quality to enhance crew and machinery operational safety, as well as increased health and environmental protection.


Global Fuel Quality Review

18 December 2015

In just under a year after the implementation of the stricter 0.1% m/m maximum sulphur limit in the Emission Control Areas (ECAs), statistics confirm the expected shift towards distillate fuels.

In 2013 and 2014, the global residual to distillate sample ratio was approximately 75/25 whereas this year the ratio has shifted to approximately 60/40. This global trend is primarily influenced by the shift in the ECAs, where on average the relative share of distillates went from 30% in 2014 to 53% in 2015.

Impact of 2015 ECAs on the 2020 global sulphur cap decision

27 November 2015

We are now about 11 months into the implementation of the 0.1% maximum sulphur cap for fuels used on ships while operating in the North American, Baltic, and North Sea Emission Control Areas (ECAs). There were a lot of predictions being made in the years leading up to the 1 January 2015 implementation of the 0.1% sulphur cap in ECAs.

Safeguarding your engine through regular fuel system checks

23 October 2015

Many ship operators and owners assume that testing a fuel to the ISO 8217 specification prior to burning it is sufficient for safeguarding a vessel’s engines. But fuel problems can still persist as an “on-spec” fuel oil may become unfit for engine use due to mishandling or insufficient fuel treatment.

Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that fuel oil used onboard a vessel is monitored and given correct treatment before use

The Nuts & Bolts of Bunkering

25 September 2015

The International Monetary Fund expects global growth to remain moderate for the rest of the year. This means that even with the dip in oil prices since last year, the shipping industry will not see a quick recovery anytime soon, even with the substantial savings from low bunker prices.

Hence, to ensure that they remain competitive, ship owners and operators will need to continue looking for all ways to reduce operational costs and ensure that they are getting the right quantity and quality of fuel that they have paid for.

Essential fuel management skills for operating in ECAs

28 Aug 2015

Since 1 January 2015, vessels operating within the Emission Control Areas (ECAs) must burn fuel with a sulphur limit of 0.1% m/m or be fitted with exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers).

Given the sharp drop in oil prices, most ship owners and operators have chosen to use marine gas oil when navigating in an ECA. This is because although most medium speed and low speed marine engines are designed for residual fuel operation, they are also capable of operating on distillate fuel. Nevertheless, low sulphur content distillates pose operational challenges for vessel operators, and the parameters below should be noted.

Are the US and Canada leading the enforcement of ECA regulations?

24 July 2015

The initial impact of the first six months of the 0.1% sulphur limit for marine fuels has not been as drastic as some predicted. Most concerns were understandably focused on the cost of compliance; however, the steep and sustained drop in global oil prices offered relief at just the right time.

Drinking water analysis – why is it important and gaining acceptance

23 Jun 2015

Ship operators have known for centuries when embarking on a voyage that extensive preparations must be made for a successful voyage, and from the beginning, a clean source of potable water has always been a critical priority.

Mid-year fuel quality review – the numbers do not tell the whole story

22 May 2015

Having reviewed the fuel analysis data on a quarterly basis for a number of years, it is clear that for some time now the general quality, as measured by compliance with the specification limits, has been fairly steady. This does not mean there have not been instances of non-compliance, sometimes serious in nature. These instances have, however, tended to be localised and relatively few in number.

The hidden dangers of fuel quality in emergency equipment

04 May 2015

Visualize the following scenarios: There has been an emergency and crew/passengers have had to abandon ship. It is dark and freezing cold. The sea is rough. Lifeboat with full complement already on board is still alongside the vessel. Suddenly the lifeboat engine splutters and stops.

ECA Compliance – Options and Challenges in 2015

20 March 2015

The regulatory change from 1.00% to 0.10% sulphur fuel requirement has resulted in a significant shift in the shipping operations in Emission Control Areas (ECAs) in the first quarter of 2015.

The Changing Role of the Bunker Surveyor

23 January 2015

The dawn of the ultra-large containership (ULCs) is one of the biggest changes that container shipping and ports have undergone in recent times.


Marine Fuel Quality Trends & Issues

19 December 2014

Charlotte Rojgaard explores the impact the 0.1% sulphur ECAs will have on ship operations and bunkering

Impact of the 2015 Sulphur Limit

21 November 2014

Veritas Petroluem Services Leornardo Alphonso looks at 0.1% sulphur fuel limits will mean to the shipping industry

Understanding and Optimising Fuel Management

12 October 2014

Bill Stamatopoulos of Veritas Petroleum Services explains the working fo fuel management

The Challenges of 0.1% Sulphur

October 2014

The biggest change facing the bunkering market in the near future is the 0.1% aulphur limit for North European and Baltic Sea emission control area (ECA) from 1 January 2015

Impact of Bunker Rules

19 September 2014

Edwin Bloemen from VPS takes a look at the impact of IMO's environmental regulations on the bunkering industry

Concerns Heightened Over Distillates Supply Ahead of 2020

18 August 2014

As time draws closer to an IMO regulatory deadline in 2020, concerns over the strictest fuel sulphur content limit regulation have continued to heighten, market players were heard saying at a industry seminar.

Enforcement key factor in 0.1% sulphur cap in Europe: VPS

15 August 2014

With 0.1% sulphur fuel becoming mandatory across North European and Baltic waters in 2015 enforcement will be a key factor says fuel tester Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS).

Benchmarking for Financial and Operational Benefits

15 August 2014

John Gilligan of VPS looks at how you buy the best value for money fuel

Are Distillate Operations Problem Free?

18 July 2014

Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) Jeroen de Vos examines the importance of testing distillate fuels.

DNV Petroleum Services renamed Veritas Petroleum Services

15 July 2014

Global Fuel testing services firm DNV Petroleum Services has changed its name to Veritas Petroleum Services after it detached itself as a subsidiary of Norway's Det Norske Veritas (DNV) less than a year ago.

Spotlight on European ECA

20 June 2014

DNVPS takes a look at the quality and operational considerations of the European ECA.

Bunker Detective Survey

23 May 2014

DNV Petroleum Services Mathews George asks are they a cloak and dagger mystery or a vital necessity.

Bunkering in Fujairah

17 April 2014

DNV Petroleum Services' Sunil Nair examines the quality issue in Fujairah and Kohor Fakkan.

Increased Demand for Distillate Fuels

21 March 2014

DNV Petroleum Services, Keith Forget examines the impact higher distillate fuel demand will have on the global market.

ECAs: 2015 and beyond

21 February 2014

DNV Petroleum Services’ (DNVPS) Charles Stucky takes a look at the development of Emissions Control Areas (ECAs).

Water quality testing for vessels

17 January 2014

Dafni Lionaki from DNVPS explains why it is necessary and how to ensure water quality.


Fuel quality trends

20 December 2013

A round-up of fuel quality trends in key bunkering ports of the world by DNVPS' Jeroen de Vos

Investigative analysis of fuel

15 November 2013

Charlotte Røjgaard from DNV Petroleum Services shares her views on investigative testing to achieve operational cost savings

A bunker surveyor's job

18 October 2013

A bunker surveyor's job: Mathews George of DNVPS explains why it is more than

The Importance of documentation

20 September 2013

John Gilligan from DNVPS explains the ins and outs of paperwork in bunkering.

Bunker data analytics

23 August 2013

Fritz Jakob Fredriksen of DNVPS looks at extracting the ‘true value’ of bunkers

ECA Challenges

19 July 2013

Qamar Hussain examines the fuel management challenges for marine industry since the introduction of North American ECA.

Fuel Quality Review

21 June 2013

Thomas Tampi of DNVPS reviews the quality of global marine fuels from January to May 2013.

The New Reality

17 May 2013

Rahul Choudhuri of DNV Petroleum Services explores the introduction of mass flow meters in bunkering.

Seatrade Singapore Report for 2013 : Value Added Fuel Testing

April 2013

We want to provide more value to our customers and to provide more specific and indepth analysis." - Eirik Andreassen, Managing Director DNVPS

Why go for ISO8217-2012

13 April 2013

Charlotte Røjgaard details the technical reasons to buy fuels with IS08217:2012 specifications

How are your engines doing

15 March 2013

Petter Dehli of DNVPS reminds that engines do not consume more bunker fuel and lube oil than intended

The impact of the low sulphur fuel cap in 2020

22 February 2013

Keith Forget of DNVPS looks at availability of fuel to meet the MARPOL global cap in 2020 or 2025

DNVPS readies surveyors for mass flow meters

08 February 2013

DNVPS readies surveyors for mass flow meters

Fuel system maintenance

18 January 2013

Dennis Pronk and Edwin Bloemen from DNVPS examine how a well maintained system improves overall efficiency of the vessels’ fuel treatment plant


Fuel quality review, a comparison of the ECAs

21 December 2012

Fuel quality review, a comparison of the ECAs

Taking the mass flow meters forward

16 November 2012

Singapore's initiative to commercialise the use of mass flow meters will enhance the efficiency and transparency of the port's bunker delivery process, DNVPS explains

Crew training & fuel saving

October 2012

Fuel tester DNV Petroluem Services believes seafarers are critical link in the supply chain

Getting ready for 2015

19 October 2012

Eirik Andreassen explores how ship operators should prepare for 2015 fuel regulations now

Managing the unmanageable

21 September 2012

Fritz Fredriksen explores the operational risks involved in bunker buying

Is 1,000 really one thousand

17 August 2012

John Stirling explores the issues surrounding the short delivery of bunkers

Cappuccino bunkers seldom seen in Singapore

17 August 2012

DNVPS says in many cases crew are mistaken

A view on global marine fuel quality in the first half of 2012

20 July 2012

Since the 1 January introduction of this limit, DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS) has been monitoring global changes in marine fuel sulphur levels.

Preparing for the North American Emission Control Area

15 June 2012

From 1 August 2012, the US will enforce the North American ECA, followed by Canada in November.

Buying energy-a paradigm shift in bunker procurement

18 May 2012

Eirik Andreassen explores how ship operators should prepare for 2015 fuel regulations now

Bunker buyers should go for new ISO standard

20 April 2012

The ISO 8217:2010 marine fuel specification, released on 1 July 2010, came with tighter quality limits and new parameters.

Customised fuel management

April Singapore Report for 2012

DNV Petroleum Services pushes value-added services

Taking a closer look at low sulphur bunkers

16 March 2012

Ship operators today worry about stricter sulphur legislation impacting the cost and quality of heavy fuel oils (HFO), and the growing need to use low sulphur distillate products more regularly.

Global 0.50% sulphur cap by 2020 is too soon

24 February 2012

A revolutionary change to the way ships are powered is within sight, though that change may well be ahead of its time due to the challenge of availability, says Erik Andreassen, managing director at DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS).

Changing between HFO and MGO brings operational challenges

17 February 2012

Since July 2009, the US state of California has enforced a rule requiring incoming ships to run DMA marine gas oil.

2011 global marine fuel quality review

19 January 2012

A cursory glance at the DNV Petroleum Services statistics for the 2009-2011 period might not detect any important change in the overall quality of residual fuel oils.

Ship & Bunker


Fuel Management Tips for Smooth Sailing

01 Jun 2016

Good fuel management involves more than just buying fuel from anywhere and somehow putting it to engine use. The main benefit of managing fuel lies in optimizing the energy it contains without harming engine parts. Whether it is for pre bunkering procurement or post bunkering handling, management should have policies in place and monitor their compliance. Here are some tips which can make a fuel management mission easier to accomplish:

VPS, Seagull Maritime to Provide New Training to Address "Pressing Need" for Seafarers to Understand Fuel Quality Issues

25 April 2016

Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) and Seagull Maritime AS (Seagull Maritime) today announced the signing of a collaborative agreement that will seem the firms bring "state-of-the-art" fuel management training to the maritime industry.

VPS: Bunker Surveyors Still Needed With Mass Flow Meters, Quantity Issues Will Persist

21 March 2016

Rahul Choudhuri, Managing Director, Asia, Middle East & Africa, Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) has stressed the importance of the role of bunker surveyors when vessels are bunkered using mass flow meter (MFM) technology, as quantity problems will still persist.

Platts Bunkerworld


A Look at Marine Fuel Quality Trends - Present and Future

12 January 2016

January 2015 saw the introduction of the 0.1%m/m maximum sulphur limit in Emission Control Areas (ECAs). There is considerable interest in how this change may have affected fuel quality. Below we review key quality trends revealed in the VPS database and comment on possible future changes.


Dawn of a New Era

12 August 2015

At the end of 2014 it was already noticeable that the era of the 1.00% low sulphur heavy fuel oils intended for Emission Control Area (ECA) compliance was coming to an end. With the new step, and further tightening of the sulphur cap from 1 January 2015, the demand for and availability of low sulphur fuel oils have been declining rapidly, while the demand for 0.10% marine gas oil (MGO) has increased.

During this period, buyers and consumers started to notice the availability of new ECA compliant but hitherto unknown fuels with a sulphur content of <0.10%, referred to as ultra-low sulphur fuels. Besides the regular MGOs that were already offered in the market to be in compliance with European Union (EU) regulations, a variety of new products such as HDME50, EMF, MDO 0.1%, IF30, VGO and more started finding their way to vessels for consumption. New ECA products are still emerging.

World Bunkering


Cold flow checks

Summer 2015

As Veritas Petroleum Services’ Sunil Kumar highlights, increased shipping activity in colder regions has underlined the need to monitor the cold flow property of fuel.


Going it alone

Autumn 2014

David Hughes talks to Eirik Andreassen, chief executive, Veritas Petroleum Services


Summer: Surveyoring in the future

Summer 2013

David Hughes asks Douglas Raitt and Gunnar Kjeldsen what the future holds for surveyors

DNVPS opens new lab Singapore facility will focus on R& D and specialised tests

08 April 2013

DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS) says that it is to increase its research and development (R&D) activities by setting up a dedicated laboratory to focus on R&D and specialised tests.