How to mitigate risks of using IMO 2020 compliant fuel

Rajiv Nigam, GM, Technical Services Group, Wilhelmsen Ship Management, shares with Lee Kok Leong, our special correspondent, the challenges of using IMO 2020 compliant fuel and how to develop a holistic risk assessment.

With the deadline of IMO Sulphur Cap 2020 drawing closer, we understand the owner’s concern to remain operational while complying with this environmental regulation. Having a good implementation/fuel oil changeover plan is just the beginning of the transition phase. A very important aspect of the plan is to address the potential risks that may arise.

Remember: Failing to plan is planning to fail

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) recommends the development of a holistic risk assessment that addresses all aspects of vessel operations, fuel compatibility and safety when operating with compliant fuel. A potential challenge that may develop when using compliant fuel is engine malfunction. WSM suggests the following risk assessment and mitigation be added to your hazard watch:

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