Class and Statutory News


Jun. 5 2015

Engine malfunctions while changing (or after having changed) over from HFO to LSMGO

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator (the “Administrator”) has issued the following attached Marine Safety Advisory (MSA) which concerns Low Sulphur Marine Gas Oil (LSMGO).

See news attachment for MSAdvisory 20-15 (Recommendations-Low Sulphur Marine Gas Oil).pdf

Since 1 January 2015, the Administrator has noted a number of reported main engine and auxiliary engine malfunctions in MARPOL designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs). All of the incidents occurred either while changing over from Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) to ECA compliant low sulphur fuel oil, i.e., LSMGO, or sometime after the changeover was completed.

Unless already done, ship owners and managers are urged to consult with the manufacturer of the main engines and auxiliary engines fitted on their ships and BV to obtain guidance regarding :

  • Procedures to changing over to LSMGO;

  • Special operating requirements, e.g., lubricating oil requirements, fuel system settings, etc., when burning LSMGO;

  • Changes to recommended maintenance requirements; and

  • Changes to parts related to the fuel oil injection system.

Additional recommendations :

  • Ensure shore side technical, commercial and supply staffs work closely together to ensure that when ordering fuel oil to ensure that the correct ISO standard, sulphur content and other technical requirements are specified.

  • Review and, as appropriate, revise fuel oil management procedures to ensure :

  1. fuel oil is not consumed until it has been tested and verified compliant all applicable requirements;

  2. incompatible fuel oils are not stored in the same tank; and,

  3. bunker tanks are cleaned on a regular basis and kept free of excess buildup of sludge and/or water.