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PORT AUTHORITIES PREPARE FOR IMO 2020 WITH FUEL SULPHUR ANALYSER

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 

Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science, a UK-based Hitachi subsidiary engaged in the manufacture and sales of analysis and measuring instruments, has recently delivered X-MET8000 hend-held analyer instruments to the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

MPA required a fuel oil sulphur content test kit for checking fuel oil samples, as did AMSA, to support efforts in preparing for the IMO MARPOL Annex VI amendment which enters force on 1 January 2020.

The X-MET8000 handheld XRF analyser complies with ISO8754, ASTM D4294 and IP336 sulphur test methods, giving laboratory-quality testing results onboard. The portable X-MET8000 delivers a reliable result in less than 60-seconds and comes with an embedded GPS to pinpoint exactly where analysis is performed. The X-MET8000 also benefits from ExTOPE Connect, an advanced data management and storage service, that allows the storage and sharing of data with access in real time from any computer. It uses similar technology to benchtop XRF instruments that are used in onshore labs.

With recent fines being handed out for non-compliance against existing regulations, the move towards marine fuels with lower sulphur content creates requirements of sulphur content test kits for both ship owners and port authorities. While ship owners and managers need a reliable means of onboard testing and port authorities need to enforce varying fuel suppliers in different locations around the world, both ship owners and port authorities need a reliable means of onboard testing to guarantee the fuel they have onboard meets IMO requirements. The X-MET8000 can assist ship owners for reliable onboard testing for compliance as well as help port authorities in their enforcement role to check sulphur levels at the ports.

Adrian Smith, Deputy Sales and Service Director, said: “With less than six months remaining until the new regulations take effect, if organisations such as port authorities, shipping companies, marine surveyors and bunker fuel suppliers do not have an onboard testing solution yet, now is the time to take action. Our fully portable solution accurately measures the sulphur content of fuel rapidly, backed by our expertise and many years of experience working with the petrochemical industry. With an X-MET 8000 you’ll get an analyser that’s trusted by thousands of businesses around the world.”

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