USCG Alert on Fuel Contamination

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The US Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Alert 06-22 noting that contaminants such as sediment and water in fuel tanks and fuel service systems can have detrimental impacts on equipment designed to operate on clean, water-free fuel. USCG encourages continuous vigilance in fuel procurement, as well as system operations and maintenance, to maintain a quality fuel program.  Recommendations to vessel owners and operators include ensuring fuel suppliers meet the engine manufacturer’s specifications, regular sampling and testing from service tanks, and that fuel filters are of the correct flow rate and filtration rating.

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