Timely identification of problems

An Intertek ShipCare vessel, bunkering in North America, took a manifold drip sample during bunkering. Unfortunately the vessel did not land the sample at the time of bunkering and sailed with it on board for several days.

Once landed, the sample was quickly couriered to an Intertek ShipCare laboratory and analysis conducted on the same day that the sample arrived. The level of aluminium and silicon in the sample was found to be in excess of 300 (mg/kg).

Unfortunately, due to delay in landing the sample, the vessel had already started using the fuel. However, based on the analysis results, Intertek ShipCare recommended to the client that the vessel be stopped before crossing the Atlantic and a surveyor attend to assess whether damage had been caused.

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