GL Piraeus Workshop: Requirements of the EU Directive on low sulphur fuel and their implementation.
Germanischer Lloyd organized, with the support of MAN and Aalborg, a Workshop on the ?hot? issue of Low Sulphur Fuels and the implementation of the EU Directive 2005/33/EC in force from January 1st, 2010, which requires the use of maximum 0.1% sulphur content fuel on ships at berth in a EU community port. The Workshop was attended by approximately 200 participants, mainly Technical Directors and Technical staff from the Greek shipping community, Vice-Admiral Christos Koutsoukos, General Director of the Shipping Inspection Directorate, as well as representatives of the Press.
Mr. Athanasios Reisopoulos, GL Vice President, welcomed the participants, explained the scope of the Workshop which was to present to the Shipping Industry in Greece the latest developments on this hot issue within the EU, practical technical solutions for boilers and diesel engines, as well as procedures to be followed during the implementation of this Directive and introduced the speakers.
Mr. Claus Hadler, Head of Machinery, GL HO Hamburg explained the requirements of the said Directive from the Classification point of view. He also stressed a number of technical issues to be observed before and during any design modifications which must be agreed with the boiler or diesel engine manufactures. He explained the meaning behind the latest European Commission"s recommendation, which accepts an 8 month transition period for the implementation of the EU Directive 2005/33/RC.
Mr. Hadler concluded his presentation with GL"s position on the issue, highlighted with examples the way to proceed and the kind of documents required in order to receive a letter of confirmation or a factual Statement from GL.
Mr. Dimitris Koliaroudakis, Naval Architect and Mechanical Engineer working with Technava, represented AALBORG and delivered a very detailed presentation titled ?Considerations for Boiler Plant Operation in connection with fuel change to MDO/MGO?.
Mr. Koliaroudakis"s presentation contained details about oil selection today, the influence of fuel change and explained the effect of low viscosity fuel oil on fuel pumps and burners including new burner designs adapted to the new fuel challenges.
Last speaker of the day was Mr. Jan Jensen, Marine engineer and Project Engineer of MAN. Mr. Jensen analysed the operation of Diesel Engines on distillate fuels and presented MAN"s experience and limitations with low viscosity fuel oils.
Mr. Jensen also provided technical solutions for cooling and changeover ?tools? including viscosity solutions.
The presentations gave food to the lively discussion that followed, where the participants had the opportunity to exchange views and experiences as well as clarify technical and legal issues.