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Last updated 10/13/2015 11:39 AM

Saybolt checks that amounts and quality are in order in CMP’s Liquid Bulk Terminals.

Do the amounts and quality correspond to what you have ordered? It is crucial in every trade, like when Genmar Argus loaded 54,500 tonnes of fuel oil in CMP bound for Singapore. 

Saybolt performs measurements and analyses on a daily basis at the Liquid Bulk Terminal, Prøvestenen, to verify that everything is in order. It is not compulsory for the loaders, but it safeguards the customers financially.

”If, for example, one customer sells a quantity of oil to another customer, they get us to check that everything is as it should be, and they agree in advance that our data and statement is final and binding for their contract. It minimises their risk,” says Peter Munksgaard, General Manager of Saybolt in Denmark and Sweden. 

”If it is jet fuel for the airport, we analyse the quality of the ship before unloading can begin, measure the tank, and check that the ship is empty afterwards; this enables us to compare that the amount delivered corresponds with that received. We also perform draught surveys on the ships carrying wood pellets for the Amagerværket power station. We measure the draught when the ship arrives and again when it leaves to see whether the expected amount has been unloaded. It is a relatively accurate way of doing it.”

In Saybolt’s laboratory in the Liquid Bulk Terminal, Prøvestenen, the staff are ready to receive samples and conduct analyses 24 hours a day. The ships can’t wait.

”We measure amounts and quality from the tanks on the ships and the tanks in the terminal on land, typical fuel oil, diesel oil or jet fuel for the airport. Depending on the specification, we can complete an analysis in 6-8 hours, and in other cases in 24 hours. Jet fuel normally comprises 35 different analyses, and bunker 15 different analyses.”

”Depending on the job, samples can be taken from different levels in the tank, all samples are taken according to international standards by well-trained inspectors, and in accordance with the descriptions in Saybolt’s quality system, which is ISO 9001 certified.

The new sulphur requirements for shipping have given Saybolt more work. Particularly in Malmö, where Statoil has very large tanks in which the new products are mixed.  

”Heavy fuel oil basically disappeared when the new rules came into force. Today there are much more composite products, and that’s good for us,” says Peter Munksgaard.


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