The securing of bunkers of an acceptable quality depends on a variety of factors such as availability, demand, area, choice of suppliers etc. The problems have, to a certain degree, fluctuated with the bunker prices. The market has seen fuels contaminated with waste chemicals detrimental to the health of the crew as well as damaging to the ships engines. For many years, it has been normal in certain areas of the world to dispose of used automotive lubricants in bunkers, thus possibly adding to engine operating problems.
High-density fuels which far exceed the capabilities of the onboard fuel treatment plants are being delivered to vessels. Water in the fuels is not uncommon, resulting in emulsified fuels and fuels that cannot be treated in shipboard fuel treatment plants. Some of the problems mentioned result in damages that are insured against, but in most cases the associated costs fall below the deductible. Occasionally, blending contaminated fuel with good quality fuel may solve the problem. In other instances, the damages in the form of wear and tear of moving parts are so great that the vessel has to divert to an emergency port for major repairs.
The quality and amount of the product are determined by the official agreement and the delivery receipt. Quality standards accepted by the local authorities and International Organization for Standardization ISO guide and bear witness to this process. Any other issue that has arisen or will arise except these is a matter that is required to be resolved or compensated within the liability of the relevant party.
Bunkerist is determined on coordinating the activities he conduct with all their business partners on the issue of following up the above mentioned factors.