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An Introduction to Marine Fuel Analysis

  • Authors Nigel Draffin
  • Language English
  • Published Revised Edition. 2018
  • ISBN 978-1-908663-28-3

Since the publication of the first edition of this book, much has changed in the marine fuel analysis sector. These changes, which have largely been driven by the introduction of more stringent atmospheric pollution regulations, include the development of new fuel grades, international standards and test methods, and there has also been a marked increase in the number of distillate fuel samples sent for analysis by fuel testing laboratories.

This revised edition of An Introduction to Marine Fuel Analysis has been fully updated to reflect and explain such changes, notably the publication of the sixth edition of ISO 8217.

This book is intended to provide a guide and reference for those who, whilst not specialists in the technical aspects of marine fuels, need to understand the terminology and the reporting used in fuel analysis as part of their work.
It is full of photographs, diagrams, tables and data designed to help the reader unravel some of the complexities of fuel specifications and fuel analysis. An Introduction to Marine Fuel Analysis is clearly written and easy to read, and helps bridge the gap between the general level of information available and that offered by the testing agencies and other specialised sources.

Understanding fuel analysis need not be as complicated as it may seem, and this book will shed some light on the processes involved and the reasons behind them. An Introduction to Marine Fuel Analysis will be just as relevant and useful to vessel owners and charterers, marine lawyers and port agents as it will be to bunker suppliers, traders and brokers.




Nigel Draffin has been involved in shipping for over 50 years and with the commercial bunker market for over 25 years, most recently as a bunker broker. He is a founder member of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and has served several times on its management board, including as Chairman. He is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Fuellers. 

He is a well-respected trainer and lecturer, and Course Director of the Petrospot Academy, which runs the Oxford Bunker Course and a range of other professional bunker and shipping courses worldwide.



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