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Rotterdam tightens the noose on bunker fraud

Measures are being tightened up around the world in an effort to stop bunker companies that do not comply with the rules of the game. The biggest port in Europe, the Port of Rotterdam, is the latest in line to bare its fangs.

First the world's biggest maritime hub, Singapore, introduced tightened rules for the bunker companies, which going forward will have to install flow-meters to prevent them from tinkering with the volumes of sold bunker oil. Now Rotterdam is introducing a more clear-cut policy toward the many bunker companies operating in the port.

According to Sustainable Shipping, the Port of Rotterdam plans to establish a pilot project aimed at taking bunker samples from the bunker ship terminals, the so-called barges.

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