Customers, dataproviders and sponsors of MFS may provide proprietary historical fuel quality datasets and/or authorize access to ongoing fuel quality testing programs requesting seamless data transfer from appointed laboratories.
Fuel test data is solely based on bunker buyer’s propietary fuel quality test reports as provided by the appointed laboratories and do not reveal any information about intermediaries.
Current industry standard implies that the suppliers’ retained fuel sample and certificate of quality is legally binding in disputes over quality and will usually be stated in suppliers’ terms of delivery. However, for a number of reasons there may be considerable differences between lab test results of the buyers’ sample and suppliers’ sample and/or certificate of quality. The sampling method, location and date of supplier’s sample may be unknown to the bunker buyer. Also, there are many sources of contamination between the land terminal and/or barge until the fuel ends up in the tanks of the receiving vessel. Provided that drip samples are taken from the receiving vessel bunker manifold and that samples are tested at accredited laboratories MFS believe that our data is representative of the fuel quality received. However, in cases where re-test results of the supplier retained sample confirm data specified on BDN it is not corrected in the Bunker Vision system as such information is not available to MFS.
Limitation of data
Physical supplier information is derived from Bunker Delivery Note (“BDN”) and will not include any information regarding intermediaries involved such as re-sellers, traders or brokers.
The lab test results do not necessarily reflect the overall fuel quality delivered by a supplier in a particular port as our dataset is limited, but they are intended to highlight possible operational issues for ships which have recently bunkered or plan to do so in the relevant ports.