Stricter rules

De-bunkering non-compliant bunker fuel

With Global Sustainability Goals high on the agenda worldwide, the maritime industry also faces stricter rules regarding reducing their emissions in international waters. As of January 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) already mandated that ships reduce their emissions by utilizing low-sulphur fuels and on March 1, 2020, the carriage ban also came into force.

The upper limit of the sulphur content of ships fuel oil was reduced to 0.5% (from previously 3.5%)- under the so-called ‘’IMO 2020’’ regulation. In designated emission control areas, the maximum sulphur limit in fuel oil is 0.10 %. These four ECA’S areas are: Baltic sea, North Sea, North America and the US Caribbean Sea area.

Reasons for de-bunkering

These stricter rules force shipowners to de-bunkering bunker fuel that is off-spec (for instance, fuel that is contaminated or of deteriorated quality which can cause damage to the ship) or when their scrubber can’t effectively reduce emissions to stay compliant with strict regulations.
Other reasons for de-bunkering can be, among others, when a bunker supplier delivers a larger volume of fuel than agreed upon, the charter period expires within EU water and the owner does not want the vessel to return with the fuel oil present, or repairs are needed at a ship-yard.
Whatever your reasons for de-bunkering, CIMS Netherlands provides a total solution.

One-stop shop

Smooth and hassle-free de-bunkering

De-bunkering can be a complex and time-consuming process. That’s why we offer our clients a safe, compliant, quick, smooth and hassle-free de-bunkering experience. We take care of everything from start to finish. Each de-bunkering request is different; therefore we tailor our services to your needs.
After acceptance of our proposal, our planning department will proceed with all necessary actions.
We take care of the following:
  • All necessary paperwork
  • De-bunkering request for permission of the port authorities
  • Arranging transport arrangements
  • Custom documentation 
  • Compliant and safe offloading with the right equipment
  • Transport and processing according to the classification of the bunker fuel (product or waste)
Every step is executed by our highly experienced crew and team. They know all procedures and rules involved to safely and smoothly de-bunker your vessel.
Download our infographic to learn more about our process for de-bunkering.

The right equipment for de-bunkering

The vessel can use its own pump; however, we can supply an external pump to optimize capacity flow and pressure, contributing to smooth de-bunkering.

Request a quote

Do you need de-bunkering services? Contact us to request a quote and provide the Bunker Delivery Note and Analysis Report (if available) along with it. We will get back to you quickly.