Fuel theft is a serious crime against the Company, charterers, environment and government. The Company strongly prohibits every crew and shore employee from engaging in fuel theft and / or any activity relating to it. All occurrences will be processed legally and everyone in the Company who is found to have violated the Company’s regulation will receive penalties and / or be dismissed from the Company.
Masters and Chief Engineers, who are at the forefront of vessel operations, must do everything in their power to keep vessel fuel consumption within the tolerable figure as stated in the Master Instruction, watch daily vessel fuel consumption and take the initiative to make efforts to cut down on fuel usage.
It is everyone’s duty to help to control vessel fuel consumption. Everyone, either shore staff or crew, is encouraged to be aware of fuel issues, remind each other to save fuel and report any suspected violation of the Company’s regulation to the management by email at email@example.com or any other means of communication.
The volume of fuel oil on board when a vessel is off hire must be approximately similar or preferably lower than when the vessel is on hire.
Vessels should have enough fuel on board for at least 3 (three) days of minimum reserve for voyage less than 1000 Nautical Mile or at least 5 (five) days of minimum reserve for voyage more than 1000 Nautical Mile.
Every time a vessel takes in bunkers, photos of flowmeter on the bunker vessel must be taken just before the bunkering starts and right after the bunkering is completed and the photos must have timestamp on them or include photo of a watch with the correct time next to the flowmeter. All photos must be sent to the office and documented.
Before or at the time bunkering begins, crew must conduct a visual check on the quality of the fuel oil and also use water paste to check if there is any water contamination. If there is any indication that the quality of the bunker is not good, the vessel must stop the bunkering process and report to the office. Inappropriate control of inputs to the engine may damage the engines and will cost the Company downtime and huge cost for repair.
Before bunkering begins, sounding from each party is to be taken, logged and approved by both (supplier and receiver) and figures are to be recorded in the vessel’s Engine Log Book. Upon completion of bunkering, the same process is to be repeated, volume received is to be agreed and Oil Record Book is to be updated.
All efforts in stamping down on fuel-related issues within the Company are summarized in the Fuel Control Initiative and Method Guidelines.