Can mass flow meters solve the problem with discrepancies in bunker deliveries?

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Type: Examensarbete för kandidatexamen
Bachelor Thesis
Title: Can mass flow meters solve the problem with discrepancies in bunker deliveries?
Authors: Hjertén Grahm, Elsa
Winther Olsson, Linnea
Abstract: The price on bunkers has risen steadily over the past years, and this post is now the far highest operational cost for shipping companies. It is therefore important that the bunkers delivered are the right amount, and that the shipping company can trust it to be correct every time. Unfortunately, because of both deliberate and unintended errors it is common with volume discrepancies. Many actors are involved in the process of selling and buying bunkers, and it is rare that the relation between the physical bunker supplier and the shipping company is direct. Between them are brokers and traders, who are also seeking profit in the deal. There are several ways to measure bunkers, and they all have benefits and disadvantages. Common for all methods is that they rely on manual calculations or measurements, which makes the risk for human error big. Recently, however a new way of measuring bunkers have made its way in to the market, the Coriolis Mass Flow Meter. This flow meter measures the mass directly, instead of volume and is more difficult to tamper with. The method used for this study was a qualitative method with semi-structured interviews. The selected respondents are actors within the bunker market, and chosen to represent different points of view from seller to buyer. The result of the study proves that the mass flow meter is not the single solution, neither is any other option, but several actions taken together can resolve this issue. This report is written in English.
Keywords: Annan teknik;Transport;Other Engineering and Technologies;Transport
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för sjöfart och marin teknik
Chalmers University of Technology / Department of Shipping and Marine Technology
Collection:Examensarbeten för kandidatexamen // Bachelor Theses

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