KR launches new FOCO software to reduce low sulphur fuel usage

The Korean Register (KR) has launched an in-house developed software program that aims to assist vessels in complying with fuel oil change over requirements in line with low sulphur regulations.

From 1 January, MARPOL Annex VI Reg 14 requires vessels sailing within an emission control area (ECA) to burn fuel with a sulphur content of 0.1 per cent or lower, meaning that ships must switch from normal fuel to low sulphur fuel before entering the restricted zone.

The new software (called fuel oil change over - FOCO) also provides technical data that can be used to report to port state control if change over times are questioned, the classification society notes.KR says that its new software assesses fuel consumption at actual operating speed to accurately calculate the time required to completely switch to a low sulphur fuel rather than following typical current practice of relying on the chief engineer to make the decision, which could lead to the vessel burning more of the expensive low sulphur fuel than is necessary.

“As a professional engineering service provider, we have developed a variety of technical solutions to help our ship operating customers achieve fuel economy,” said KR chairman and CEO, Dr B. S. Park.

“This software program comes at a time when the shipping community is working hard to comply with strict environmental controls and is part of a range of tools we are developing to help our customers and stakeholders.”

The FOCO program is now available for free download from KR’s website.

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