Tricks of the Bunker Trade: Quantity Measurements by Flow Meter Only

by Kaivan H. Chinoy, Petro Inspect / The Bunker Detectives
Thursday August 22, 2013

The barge may claim that the soundings and ullage ports have been sealed by customs, or seized, or some other reasons, and therefore force the vessel to go by the volumetric flow meter only.

Remember that this may be just the first sign of an unscrupulous barge Master, and as such, be wary of other tricks of trade.

Key Notes:

  • Never agree and go by the flow meter only fuel delivery
  • Remember whenever in doubt or have concerns always issue a letter of protest