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What if there is excess water content in bunker fuel ?









What if there is excess water content in bunker fuel ?

The level of water in bunker fuel is normally low, about 0.1-0.2% by volume.
The introduction of water can originate from a number of sources, including:
• Tank condensation
• Tank leakage
• Heating coil leakage
• Deliberate injection

Even though not a normal procedure, it is possible at least to obtain indications or traces of water in the delivered fuel by use of water paste; if water is detected, a letter of protest should be issued stating that traces of water in the fuel have been found. The actual amount of water present can normally only be established when the water has settled down at the bottom of the fuel tank, a day or so after delivery.

Normal levels of water in the fuel are usually drained from the ship’s settling tanks with the remaining water being removed by the purifier and centrifuge. Most ship’s can comfortably handle fuel oil with water content up to about 2% before the purifier.
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