There have been a significant number of bunker-quality related engine problems following the supply of fuel in the U.S. Gulf region from February through May of this year, particularly in the Houston area. This includes blended fuel oils such as IFO 380, and has caused fouled fuel pump plungers, sticking and/or seizing fuel pumps, and filter blockages. There have also been reports of increased sediment levels at separators and fuel filters. Most troubling, the standard fuel oil test methods found in ISO 8217 may not detect these problems. Some fuels were found with adulterants and contaminants, including a phenolic compound with significant adhesive qualities. The contamination could lead to engine failure and loss of propulsion with potentially catastrophic results. The USCG has issued a safety alert.
If you have experienced any of the above issues, or if you bunkered in the U.S. Gulf region between February and May of 2018, you may be entitled to compensation, including claims against the upstream supplier of the contaminated and adulterated bunkers. If you have suffered damages as a result of a such a supply or would simply like to learn more about the legal rights and remedies available to you under U.S. law, please contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.