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August 2015    
Upcoming Event:
VHT Seminar "General Average - Blessing or Curse?"

VHT Seminar 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015
in the "Glocke" concerthall, Bremen

For agenda view please see the following link VHT Seminar IX
and for further information please contact Ms. Annelie Havenstein,

July 2015    
15 Years VHT e.V. and nearly 220 years of tradition    

15 Years VHT e.V.

In 2000, VHA in Hamburg (founded 1797) and VBS in Bremen (founded 1818) merged into VHT e.V.

In 2012, VHT established a new office in Rotterdam and is now present in three maritime locations.

All offices in Hamburg, Bremen and Rotterdam have handled successfully about 12.000 claims since 2000. The total amount of handled claims amounts to about 1,57 Billion Euro. (Status April 2015)

VHT thanks all shipping companies, underwriters and brokers for their collaboration and the great cooperation in the last 15 years. Furthermore, we would like to thank all our almost 300 average agents around the world for their qualified and committed assistance in any cases at any time

We are looking expectantly to the prospective cooperation with all of you. Furthermore, it is a great pleasure for us to review the last 15 years and about 220 years of tradition which would not have been possible without your confidence in us.

May 2015    
New Low Sulphur Fuels    

New Low Sulphur Fuels

In the past months fuels substituting destilates were introduced by bunker suppliers for compliance with the ECA sulphur limits. These fuels are partly being marketed with “no objection letters” from certain engine manufacturers.

We have been approached by owners on advice concerning the usage of these fuels.

We understand that these new fuels are subject to a low sulphur content similar to MGO but otherwise carry many attributes of HFO. Thus the fuels must be pre-heated and purified like HFO. For combustion the fuels must be heated to achieve the relevant viscosity specified by the engine manufacturer. In general we understand that ISO compliance is partly pending

We strongly recommend to consider the following issues individually:

  • Is the fuel in question approved by the respective engine manufacturer?
  • Is the fuel compliant to ISO standard 8217:2010?
  • How stable is the fuel when mixed with other LSFO or ULSF?
  • Has the possible correlation of the fuel with the relevant lube oil been checked?
  • Has the long term ignition quality been proven in terms of the CCAI Index?

In terms of loss prevention we further recommend:

  • Be aware of charter party provisions with regard to bunker quality and liability and hereby reference to ISO standards in particular. In doubt consult your P&I or FD&D insurer.
  • Make sure to follow instructions and practices stated by the fuel supplier from bunkering to injection
  • Make sure to bunker the new fuel in previously cleaned or at least stripped tanks only
  • Be aware of the procedures on how to changeover from HFO to the new fuel and vice versa
  • Avoid mixing the new fuels with HFO as far as possible
  • Be aware of possible cleaning effects in the fuel oil system with regard to HFO residues following the changeover