CANADA: ON SITE TESTING OF FUEL FOR 0.1% SULPHUR CONTENT
The Canadian Transport department has recently announced that with effect from 22 August 2016 their inspectors will be using portable fuel analysers on board ships to measure the sulphur content of the fuel and to make sure that it complies with the North American Emission Control Area (NA-ECA) standards. As a reminder, from 1 January 2015, the sulphur content of marine fuel used on board a ship must not exceed 0.1% by mass within the NA-ECA. During a ship inspection the Canadian marine safety inspectors may require a sample of fuel from the engine’s fuel system and can then perform an on-site analysis of the fuel sample using a portable fuel analyser. Depending on the results of this analysis, the inspector can decide whether to send the samples to a laboratory to determine the sulphur content.