Panama Canal Tanker Cargo Treatment Case Study
Intertek saved a Panama Canal bound fuel tanker time and money by rapidly treating an off-spec cargo, avoiding significant demurrage and other costs.
An Intertek cargo inspection client was shipping a high value diesel fuel cargo from the US Gulf Coast, transiting the Panama Canal, to Peru. The cargo needed to be treated with additives in order to meet lubricity and conductivity specifications for their client. With the tanker already at sea headed towards the Panama Canal, Intertek was asked to successfully treat the cargo before arrival in Peru.
The Intertek cargo additives team in the USA and Panama jumped into action, working with Baker Hughes additives personnel, to deliver and conduct a successful cargo treat that minimized any potential for ship delay or anchorage in Panama. By conducting the cargo treat dosing on the Colon side of the isthmus during the ship's wait to enter the Panama Canal, the additives could be throughly mixed with the cargo during the canal transit, saving time and money. This allowed a further opportunity to quickly sample and test the newly treated cargo in Intertek's Panama City laboratory. The treated cargo passed the required specifications, allowing the cargo to be sold as contracted to the client's buyer at a fair market price.
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