Since the implementation of the 2020 compliant 0.5% sulphur fuel, the shipping industry is facing significant challenges, mainly due to the poor and inconsistent quality of the blended fuels. Blended fuel can become very unstable which can lead to major issues inside the fuel system, engine, and combustion process.
We are receiving an increased number of queries asking if fuel homogenizers work on 2020 compliant fuel, and it is important to understand that 2020 compliant fuel is only referring to 0,50% Sulphur, it does not mean that any other part of the specification of the fuel is improved. On the contrary, there are already numerous reports within the industry of significant damage to main engines and excessive sludge problems after vessels have changed over to the new compliant fuel.
As most of the new compliant fuels are a blend of HFO and various percentages of ‘cutter stock’ it is difficult to know what the exact blend ratio or composition is, which can lead to instability (stratification, excessive sludge) and incompatibility issues. The ISO fuel specifications do not regulate this.
So if you have a tank fuel of “bad” fuel you can use our FID Recycler to reactivate the fuel again.
The pump will circulate the fuel over the tank. All fuel will be handled by the fuel homogenizer at the same skid.The fuel homogenizer will reduce fuel droplets size and make a homogeneous fuel.
Bart Sluimer is the General Manager of IPCO Power. IPCO Power is an international company specialized in environmental solutions for the petrochemical-, shipping- and power industry. Find us on google+ and twitter