Practical Handling of VLSFO & ULSMGO Post 2020 & Future Trends of 2030 Alternative Fuels - The 12th International Fujairah Bunkering & Fuel Oil Forum

Strategies for Ensuring Fuel Reliability & Compliance

Location: Virtual

Venue: N.A.

Starts: 15 Mar 2021

Ends: 16 Mar 2021

Type: Course

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Course Objectives

This virtual training course comprising 2 live instructor-led sessions, focuses on managing VLSFO and ULSMGO, its usage and handling, examining problems that vessels have encountered, offering lessons to be learnt and the most practical mitigating measures for potential risks. It will also look at understanding fuel analysis and examine critical test parameters that matter the most. A special session on 2030 IMO greenhouse gas emissions will look at its impact on the shipping industry in terms of improving fuel efficiency through ship design and adoption of less pollutive fuels such as LNG/LPG or alternative fuels such as hydrogen, ammonia and biofuels.

Two Days of 3-Hour Modules | 12pm to 3pm daily, UAE Time

  • Day One: Monday, 15 March 2021
    • Module 1: VLSFO Challenges & Lessons Learnt
  • Day Two: Tuesday, 16 March 2021
    • Module 2: ULSMGO Usage, Handling & Challenges


Efficient fuel management and safe fuel handling are critical and important to ensure fuel reliability & compliance under IMO’s 2020 sulphur regulations. Significant growth in the use of distillate and non-distillate compliant fuels recently, has brought to fore potential risks in the use of these fuels related to cold-flow properties, stability, contamination, cat-fines, lubricity, viscosity, density, ignition, combustion quality & more. Attend this course to examine the critical risks and develop management strategies to address these problem areas.



   Held in Conjunction with the 2021 Fujairah Bunkering Week

Delivering Critical Management Strategies

  • VSLFO & ULSMGO: Differences in the composition and physical criteria
  • Using low sulphur oils: Overcoming safety and operational difficulties
  • Hazard identification assessment processes: Examining risks
  • Assessing & seeking approvals for equipment modifications
  • Using bunker fuel analysis for successful operations
  • Role of the surveyor & discussion of the Bunker Quantity Survey via Mass Flowmeters
  • Bunkering obstacles during Covid-19 and safety precautions required
  • 2030 IMO greenhouse gas emissions – what to expect & how it will affect the shipping industry


PLUS! A Case Study on the challenges of using VLSFO on ships

Full Course Outline

+ Day One, Monday, 15 March 2021 | 12pm to 3pm, UAE Time

Module 1: VLSFO Challenges & Lessons Learnt


  • Introduction to VLSFO specifications and the variance from each supplier and/or region
  • Problems of VLSFO reported from late 2019 to May 2020
  • Discussion on an actual case of a vessel affected by VLSFO
  • Discussion on mitigating factors
  • Understanding fuel analysis and its ‘good to know’ and ‘critical to know’ parameters
  • Q&A

+ Day Two, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 | 12pm to 3pm, UAE Time

Module 2: ULSMGO Usage, Handling & Challenges


  • ULSMGO specifications and its increase in usage due to lower price spread against VLSFO
  • Challenges in using ULSMGO including heating requirements and Vessel’s Fuel Switch-Over Procedures
  • Guest Speaker on Bunker Quantity Survey via Mass Flow Meters and best practices adopted under Covid-19
  • IMO 2030 – What to expect and how will it affect the shipping industry?
  • Case Study & Role Play
  • Q&A

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Understand challenges and constrains of supplying and using IMO2020 compliance low sulphur fuels
  • Assess the importance of adopting mitigating approaches to prevent and/or limit possible problems
  • Examine ISO/PAS: 23263: 2019 for technical considerations which apply to fuel characteristics and compatibility between fuels
  • Learn about the quality problems that were experienced in 2019/2020 and how these were managed
  • Adopt the correct procedures and correct vessel preparation methods for fuel switchovers from VLSFO to ULSMGO & vice versa
  • Prepare beyond 2020 for the forth coming IMO2030 compliance
  • Formulate new measures in view of COVID-19 and other similar pandemics that may happen in future
  • Learn ‘win-win’ tools, techniques and strategies

Course Methodology

The course will be taught live via a video conferencing platform, covering a combination of theoretical and practical applications. The course instructor will adopt an interactive approach which will encourage active participation, delegate engagement and contribution through live sharing of views and experiences. A role play will simulate real life scenario challenges in portraying or simulating the participant’s working environment.

Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed for:-

  • Bunker Buyers & Sellers
  • Shipowners & Operators
  • Charterers
  • Shipmanagers
  • Fleet Managers
  • Commercial Personnel in Trading, Bunkering & Shipping
  • Chief Engineers
  • Technical Managers
  • Underwriters/P&I Clubs
  • Other bunker supply chain and bunker industry stakeholders

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