Condition surveys of tankers carrying HFO as cargo

Operators are required to complete a HFO Annual Declaration Form


The West of England P&IU Club advise reminds operators whose tankers have carried Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) as cargo to and complete and return a relevant declaration form.

The Club is required to carry out condition surveys of seagoing tankers aged 10 years or more if they carried heavy fuel oil (HFO) as cargo during the previous policy year unless the ship:

  • has undergone a P&I Club condition survey during the previous 12 months; or
  • has undergone a class Special Survey during the previous 6 months; or
  • is currently rated as CAP 1 or CAP 2 by an IACS classification society.
All operators  are asked to complete and
return the first page of the HFO Annual Declaration Form. Operators should also complete the form on the second page if any tankers in their fleet carried HFO as cargo between 20 February 2014 and 19 February 2015 and were aged 10 years or more at the time.

If a tanker continues to carry HFO as cargo in successive years, the Club is not obliged to carry out an annual condition survey. However, the ship will need to be re-examined at least once every three years, or more frequently at the Club’s discretion.

The definition of HFO to be used for the purpose of the annual declaration is: A residual fuel with a kinematic viscosity of 380 centistrokes or greater when measured at 50 degrees Celsius by Test Method ISO 3104. This definition is intended to exclude intermediate fuel oils and heavy crudes, as well as bitumen and tar.

The Club advises operators who are affected by this Notice submit their declarations to the Loss Prevention department as soon as possible, but not later than 31 August 2015.

Source: The West of England P&I Club

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