This year, numerous shipping companies have already pointed to exorbitant bunker fuel costs as the reason behind less than impressive financial results, with the implementation of a North American ECA sure to further add to these woes. A price premium $50-$100 per metric tonne on LSFO is a given, but it could vary greatly basis port and supplier. Product sourcing will be necessary and the delivery vessels would have to be reﬁtted with numerous separate delivery systems/ tank segregation.
Vessel has to be refitted with tank splitting, pipeline segregation, additional precaution for change over.
It is now a good news that LSFO has received ISO standard and compatibility study has been done by renown bunker testing company, giving a positive result in favour of new LSFO.
However additional burden to crew, ship-owners and managers remains.
For compatibility test pls read – http://www.bunkerworld.com/news/White-Compatibility-testing-more-important-than-ever-134860