Q. What should I do if my vessel measurements of fuel received are different from the barge supplied figures on the bunker receipt?
A. Always witness the measurements on the barge. Almost all suppliers will only accept barge (or RTW or Shore tank) figures as conclusive. If your staff do not agree to the actual soundings, insist that they are taken again immediately. If your staff do not agree to the calculations, sign for soundings only and protest the calculated volume.
Q. Why won’t a supplier accept ship bunker tank calculations?
A. It is very difficult to substantiate a claim based on difference between barge and ship calculated figures but remember that most barges load and discharge every day whilst a ship will only bunker once a month. Barge tanks are cargo tanks and calibrated as such. Ship bunker tanks are usually not calibrated at all but measurements are taken from the original drawings.