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Marine & Offshore

Marine fuel testing for microbial contamination

Every year, many sea vessels experience technical and mechanical problems caused by fuel contamination.

In many of these cases, the fuel is on-specification and doesn’t have dangerous levels of contamination when it is uploaded. Microbial contamination can grow quickly in short time periods—so testing marine fuel yourself is very important.

Similarly in offshore applications there are many users of stored fuel where identification and control of microbial growth is critical at the earliest possible stage, whether that be for day tanks, backup power generators, cranes and the transportation that relies on stored fuel (diesel-powered life craft and helicopters).

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Why marine fuel management is becoming more important

The upcoming IMO 2020 regulations are important for fuel users, as they require fuel manufacturers to use less sulphur.

With less sulphur in fuels, it may become easier for microbial contaminants to grow and flourish, although this is not yet an established fact. These contaminants, often called diesel bug, or diesel fungus, can seriously affect fuel quality and cause costly damage to engines.

Diesel bug microbial contamination creates a slime called a biofilm or biomass that can induce several issues. If left for long periods without treatment, it can:

  • Block filters
  • Wear injectors
  • Stop engines from working
  • Induce corrosion, potentially resulting in tank leakage

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