Fuel Quality Testing
The VPS Fuel Quality Testing (FQT) programme has a membership base of 900 companies, with over 10,000 vessels registered. As the fuel testing market leader it also has the largest data base of its kind in the world.
You too can benefit from our international network of fuel experts and laboratories, which guarantees prompt and reliable fuel management services across all time zones, 24 hours a day.
Fuel Quality Testing allows ship operators peace of mind knowing the delivered bunker quality before use. This service also assists in managing the risk of potential damage to machinery, the consequential threat to the safety of crew and cargo and ensuring the fuel complies with global and regional environmental legislation.
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.
ISO8217 is the recognised international marine fuel quality standard, against which bunker fuel grades can be tested in line with the various fuel grade specifications. This is a commercial standard, assisting the purchase and supply process relating to marine fuels. Introduced in 1987, some six years after VPS began offering a marine fuel testing service, ISO8217 has been a continually evolving standard, with regular revisions, to ensure the standard keeps pace with the ever changing fuel types, legislation and industry requirements.