What is Bunker and Bunkering..??

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..

What is bunker and bunkeringFew 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..??

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30 comments on “What is Bunker and Bunkering..??”

  1. By Kasun Jayaweera Reply

    Ashish S has a good point. It takes a lot of work and precision! When a ship comes near the port, plenty needs to be done from the shore โ€“ providing fuel, bunkering, de-bunkering, arranging ship supplies, fresh water supplies and even crew transfers between the ship and the port. All of these services, bunkering especially, should be kept in mind and arranged in advance.

  2. By Norma Reply

    Hi everyone!
    I am new to this site. It is very interesting especially terms on shipping as they are not very commonly used. I would like to thank to Ashish S, for sharing his link. It provides me a fascinating subject to read about.

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  4. By satyam7252 Reply

    In the latest report published by Credence Research, Inc. โ€œBunker Fuel industry: Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2015-2020,โ€ the global bunker fuel industry was valued at US$ 244 Bn in 2014, and is expected to reach US$ 288.3 Bn by 2020, expanding at a CAGR of 2.8% from 2015 to 2020.

  5. By Anshul Reply

    Dear Sir

    If you could help me giving few idead of how to approach ships and other people for bunkering if am in diesal sales as i am new in the company and would like to get some good contracts.


  6. By Mzwandile101 Reply

    on my side the article help us to have a knowledge and the understanding of how the two names differ as I have the knowledge of what is to bunkering and bunker and the different types of fuel oil like (marine diesel oil, intermediate fuel oil, marine fuel oil, heavy fuel oil) and how to do metainformation which includes (ref no , kin visc , dynamic visc , density and multiple temparature

  7. By Harley Cooper Reply

    Can anyone suggest how I can find out who is buying a particular quantity of crude oil and the price they are paying at a particular port

    • By Andy

      Contact Haider at Glander international bunkering.
      I dealt with him in the past, he is a good man.

  8. By Andrew Chu Reply

    Hi everyone, I’m searching on the site tips for doing oil logistics (help import/export oil and fuel) and this one comes up.

    Has anyone ever done it b4? Any general or specified tips? I would be grateful to receive any comments!

  9. By Patricia Reply

    You have just “saved my life”! I am a translator in Brazil and no dictionaries were able to tell me that bunker refers to fuel! Thanks a million!

  10. By Ashish S Reply

    Well Simple it looks like, but it is not ๐Ÿ™‚ Ask engineers out there (Sarcastically). Bunker operations needs to be taken care a lot, as it posses a great environment concern if any oil spill occurs. There have been many cases, when bunker operations gone haywire and repercussion they had were tragic.

    if some body is interested out there to read more about it you can visit this link (No i am not droping baclink, just thought to share knowledge about it ๐Ÿ™‚ http://www.marinersgalaxy.com/2013/03/what-is-bunkering-process-how-it-is.html