TVA receives a much-anticipated upgrade with its newly released Bunker Planning module, helping shippers with bunker planning and changeovers as January 1, 2020 quickly approaches.
IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap
On 1 January 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will implement a new regulation for a 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap for marine fuels. Under the new global cap, ships will have to use marine fuels with a sulphur content of no more than 0.5 per cent globally, against the current limit of 3.5 per cent in an effort to reduce the amount of sulphur oxide emitted from vessels.
Shipowners and operators have various options to meet the IMO sulphur cap requirements, including using compliant low sulphur fuels, using alternative fuels (e.g., LNG, methanol) or by installing exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers).
TVA Bunker Planning Module
In response to the mounting pressure on its customers to prepare for January 1, Tres Solutions developed a new Bunker Planning module for its Tres Vessel Analytics (TVA) software platform.
“Many of our conversations with customers this year have been focused on the IMO 2020 global sulphur cap. Given the sheer number of unknowns, all are looking for a more systematic way to plan and ensure compliance,” said Aaron Holton, CEO of Tres Solutions. “We listened to the feedback and developed a simple, predictive tool that monitors tank usage and projects empty dates for each fuel tank, including that of non-compliant fuel onboard. The added benefit of being able to run ‘what-if’ scenarios provides some flexibility in how they plan voyages to meet the requirements. Overall, we are pleased with the result and believe this feature will drive positive impact for our customers.”
The feature dashboard will monitor fuel tanks and project empty dates based on current fuel usage and the operational profile of vessels. The result is more effective bunker planning, ensuring changeover, tank cleanings and other preparations are made prior to January 1, 2020.
TVA reporting forms were updated as part of this process, as well. Now, vessel-specific tank data is captured, including registering of sulphur percent and other fuel properties. This ensures that there is full visibility and therefore ability to manage non-compatible fuels and blends ahead of January 1.
The new bunker planning feature will be completely rolled out by the end of August to all TVA subscribers.