In the course of maritime and shipping business, all of you would have come across the term BAF which stands for Bunker Adjustment Factor..
You might have also heard of some ships arriving at your port for Bunkering..
Bunker is simply the name given to the Fuel that is used to operate ships..
Bunkering is the action of supplying a ship with bunkers..
There are various types of Fuel Oil and within the Fuel Oils, there are many classifications, standards and grades..
Few types of Fuel Oils are :
MGO (Marine gas oil), MDO (Marine diesel oil), IFO (Intermediate fuel oil) , MFO (Marine fuel oil), HFO (Heavy fuel oil)
It is referred to as Bunker because in the past when ships used to run on steam produced from coal, the storage containers for the coal was known as a BUNKER..
This word has stuck on todate..
So the next time you hear that a ship is in port for bunkering, you know that it is there just to fill up some fuel.. Simple, isn’t it..??