Commenting on the IMO’s recent announcement regarding new global sulphur limits Sachin Gupta, Business Manager, Oil Solutions explains just why systematic fuel treatment is so important as we approach 2020.
It’s vital that fuel oil on ships are kept in prime condition, to keep engines running smoothly and efficiently, and to ensure full compliance with environmental and operational regulations.
Many of the problems encountered on board are not related to operation of the engines, but to the fuels used - this clearly underlines the need for fuel treatment to be integrated into the vessel’s maintenance schedules.
The quality of the residual fuels used by the world’s international trading fleets has been deteriorating over many years. This has largely come about because of secondary refining, a process that concentrates the heavier constituents in the fuel, causing problems with handling and use, and adding costs through the extra maintenance required.
Our Unitor FuelPower and Unitor DieselPower chemicals tackle these challenges and can be used for distillate fuel treatment and heavy fuel oil treatment. In addition our fuel test kits enable you to check for bacterial growth, sea /salt water contamination and water contamination in fuel and lubricating oil.
Your Unitor FuelPower 'magic potion' is still working wonders and except for some light dust on top it all looks practically clean even though we lately have been using only 40% on the pump.
Stein Gravdal, Chief Engineer, M/V Tønsberg
Improves engines operational efficiency
By reducing the amount of carbon and ash deposits as well as protecting against corrosion and lubricity issues, our new generation of fuel treatment chemicals protects your engines components against wear and tear thus prolonging their operational life
Maintains fuel properties for optimal performance and power output
Keep fuel homogenous by reducing sludge and water thus improving fuel ignition as well as better purifier efficiency. Our fuel treatment also helps protects your on board fuel against bacteria and waxing thus preventing loss of power incidents
Reduced unburnt carbon and fuel deposits during slow steaming
Specially formulated for such application, our fuel treatment aid low temperature fuel combustion thus preventing unburnt carbon and soot deposits in engines as well as exhaust gas boilers.
Environmental Legislation Compliance
Reducing Sulphur Levels to 0.1%
Environmental legislation designed to reduce emissions across the industry is placing higher demands for compliance upon ship owners, managers and operators. The introduction of Emission Control Areas dictates the zones where only reduced-sulphur fuels can be used. 2015 regulations are reducing traditional sulphur levels of 1% down to 0.1% in these areas.
This reduction will bring further technical challenges as many low sulphur fuels must be blended to specification, reducing stability and causing problems in use. Here’s where we can help with a range of fuel treatments to keep your vessels running in line with current environmental regulations.
Newly formulated Unitor™ FuelPower Soot Remover Liquid Plus increases the cleaning / maintenance interval for your exhaust gas economizer / boiler from every 3 months to 12 – 15 months.
Cold temperatures or climate pose a clear challenge of waxing of your onboard distillate fuels, thus leading to blocked fuel filters / pipelines / equipment or wax settling in fuel in tanks even at temperatures as high as 15°C.
While distillate fuels will comfortably keep you within the latest sulphur emission limits all year round, when winter approaches and temperatures drop they can pose more problems than they actually solve.
Written by Sachin Gupta , Business Manager, Oil Solutions
Systematic fuel treatment can unlock significant operational and financial gains - nowhere during the life cycle of fuel is this more evident than at its end, in the exhaust gas boiler.
Written by Jonas Östlund , Product Marketing Manager, Oil Solutions
Oil Solutions Range
Distillate fuels are prone to deterioration through temperature and oxidation, contamination from microorganisms and exposure to UV light - which again causes gum formation, sedimentation and colour changes. Unitor's specially designed DieselPower range is perfectly suited to resolve such common challenges for our customers.
Secondary refining process has led to deterioration of residual fuels quality used by trading fleets, leading to marine HFO having heavy metals, impurities, sludge, water and ash. Unitor FuelPower range of treatment chemicals / additives have been specially formulated to tackle these challenges individually.
It's important to test your fuel to ascertain what the problem is and the type of treatment required. Our range of test kits enable you to check for bacterial growth, sea /salt water contamination and water contamination in lubrication oil.
Our Oil solutions equipment and dosing units cover a range of applications from Fuel Oil treatment to Soot Removal treatment thus, effectively protecting customer’s assets and providing safe, optimised and efficient dosing.
In The News
Press release, Published: Last updated: (Wilhelmsen Ships Service, Marine products)
Ultra low sulphur fuels may be the key to compliant operations in Emission Control Areas (ECAs), but they can also open the door to an unwanted, and slimy, guest in your vessels’ engines and fuel tanks. Jonas Ostlund and Sachin Gupta of Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) discuss the cold flow characteristics of distillate fuels and the formation of paraffin wax in cold temperatures.
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