When a vessel is located in a remote part of the world, a product that allows its crew to test fuel samples without sending them off-site for confirmation will save both time and labour costs.
Even when docked in a major port, local customs regulations or reliance on couriers to deal with logistics can cause delay in getting the analysis data to the right people
On-site fuel labs
Of course, to be effective the product must be robust, accurate and quick to use without in-depth prior training – a specification met by the core electronic QC tests lubricants and residual fuel oils in Parker Kittiwake’s power plant lab. Supplied in a wall-mounted cabinet, it is designed for use at installations in inhospitable locations.
Both this lab and the fuel and lube lab feature a density meter, which can also be purchased as a stand-alone product. Tests have shown it is as accurate as more formal laboratory method. Additionally, its uses are not restricted to measuring diesel and residual bunker fuel density: for example, it will also check that the correct grade of fuel has been delivered, according to ISO 8217.
The Parker Kittiwake Heated Viscometer can be used in a wide variety of applications. Not only monitoring changes in lubricating oil viscosity, it also verifies that the fuel is the correct grade for storage and purifiers.
Testing for water contamination and the cloud point
In any harsh, industrial environment, water contamination can lead to microbiological growth that will clog filters and corrode fuel systems. The DIGI Water in Oil test comes with an ‘easyship’ reagent system, with comprehensive reagent packs for 50 tests.
Lastly, crews of vessels in arctic waters need a straightforward way of identifying the temperature at which wax crystals begin to form in a distillate fuel (the ‘cloud point’). Kittiwake’s highly portable Cloud Point Detector works by cooling an oil sample and monitoring the intensity of light transmission.
A test usually takes just ten minutes.
See our full list of On-Site Fuel Lab products.