Low sulphur fuels held in storage and used in the maritime world are still at risk from five key issues, which is further exacerbated due to the lockdowns and restricted trade leading to longer storage periods according to Aderco – one of the world’s leading fuel treatment technology suppliers.

The IMO low sulphur fuel cap introduced in January 2020 has not eradicated the potential threats from cat fines, sludge, compatibility issues, asphaltene and stability and this is becoming even more important with fuel that can degrade over long periods in storage as we are currently experiencing.

Aderco has released a new report which highlights the five key issues that have been found in their research which are particularly detrimental to fuel held in storage tanks.

The report has been released following a series of tests conducted in both Belgium and Singapore. These tests, carried out over the past few months on low sulphur fuels, have demonstrated that Aderco 2055G helps to reduce fuel incompatibility within storage tanks, preventing sludging and easing filtration, purification and injection.

Olivier Baiwir, CEO of Aderco, says the latest report demonstrates the overall benefits of using fuel treatment technology in these key issues of concern.

“The new low sulphur fuels are still prone to the five issues that can cause not only degradation but also the instability of stored fuel. The tests we have conducted with our own fuel treatments prove that the damaging issues of cat fines, sludge, corrosion, contamination and fuel stability can be reduced and eliminated with a fuel treatment.

Furthermore, we have found, that reducing the sulphur content in ULSMGO fuels can see a marked increase in microbial growth that has the possibility to generate corrosive reactions. The use of biodiesel in the blending process can generate a high water content which is the ideal breeding ground for bacteria and this poses a real risk in stored fuel. However, by using a fuel treatment, this eradicates any biological damage.

Bulk fuels are at risk from oxidation, emulsions, bacterial and fungal infestations resulting in serious fuel instability and we know these issues have not disappeared with the introduction of the new blended fuels in 2020. By using a fuel treatment any stored fuel can be treated for sludge which is one of the main causes of blocked filters and pipes resulting in unpumpable sludge at the bottom of storage tanks.”

The new guide – VLSFO Fuel Guide: How Aderco 2055G improves the five key fuel oil issues – is available now from Aderco.

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About Aderco

Aderco – ensuring better efficiency, smoother operations and fewer emissions through fuel treatments technology.

Aderco is dedicated to increasing the performance and efficiency of operations using petroleum fuels while reducing environmental impact. We achieve this

by outperforming existing formulas and through our commitment to continuous R&D and constant innovation in additive technology.

Aderco products are 100% vegetal-organic, 100% ashless and 100% metal-free. As such they set the benchmark for greater performance, efficiency and sustainability in fuel-powered operations in the marine/maritime, mining, power generation and transportation sectors worldwide.

Founded in Montreal, Canada, in 1981, Aderco develops, manufactures and distributes specialized fuel additives. Over the years, combining effective and reliable products with dedicated and proactive customer service has made Aderco a trusted brand in key industries. We have earned a sterling reputation as professionals when it comes to problem solving and prevention with residual and distillate fuels.

With strategic offices in Montreal, Sao Paulo, Brussels, Conakry, Singapore, Hampshire and Sydney, Aderco is able to respond quickly and effectively to evolving customer and market demands. In addition, we work through a network of local agents in over 50 countries around the globe to provide outstanding technical, sales and customer support.

For more information, please visit www.aderco.com.