A day in the life of a bunker barge operator

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Bunkers are a critical component of ship operations and one of the most cost intensive.. Bunkering services and service providers such as a bunker barge operator play a crucial role in maritime shipping worldwide..

All major ports around the world offer this as part of their service suite, to attract more vessels, increase efficiency, increase revenue and create local employment..

We caught up with Durand Naidoo, MD of Linsen Nambi Bunkering Services in South Africa and as per him, here is what a day in the life of a bunker barge operator looks like..

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What is Low Sulphur Surcharge and why is it applicable..??

Low Sulphur Surcharge

In April 2018, more than 100 Member States met at the International Maritime Organisation in London and adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels..

The current global limit for sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil is 3.50% m/m (mass by mass)..

The regulations to reduce sulphur oxide emissions has introduced a new global limit for sulphur content of ships and as from 1st of January 2020 the new global limit on the sulphur content will be 0.50% m/m..

The LSS or Low Sulphur Surcharge is as a consequence of this meeting..

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More ships using vegetable oil as fuel

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In April 2018, more than 100 Member States met at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London and adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 levels..

It was reported previously, that as from 1st of January 2020 the new global limit on the sulphur content will be 0.50% m/m..

More and more shipowners seem to be going the route of using vegetable oil as fuel..

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More shipping lines join the 2020 sulphur cap fuel surcharge bandwagon….

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Currently the bunker fuels used in all modern commercial ships have a high content of sulphur which is quite harmful to the environment..

The current global limit for sulphur content of ships fuel oil is 3.50% m/m (mass by mass)..

The IMO has been working to reduce harmful impacts of shipping on the environment since the 1960’s and as from 1st of Jan 2020, has implemented regulations that sets the new global limit on the sulphur content at 0.50% m/m..

IMO has advised several methods through which ships can meet lower sulphur emission standards, which obviously comes at a cost.. Read and share your comments on how these new costs may affect you..

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A ship powered by vegetable oil…. Yah right…!!!

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Albeit a bit slow compared to other industries, the shipping industry continues to innovate and try to better the environmental impact on the business worldwide.. Maritime transport reportedly has the lowest carbon emission per ton of goods carried over a kilometer when compared to other modes of transport..

But now a new initiative is reported to have successfully used VEGETABLE OIL instead of conventional bunker fuel to power a ship, offsetting over 40 tons of CO2 emissions while also significantly reducing other local emissions like sulphur, soot and black carbon..

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