Lube oil analyses and vetting inspections

In your opinion, what is the best way to manage caution and alert lub oil samples considering also vessel’s vetting / chartering obligations?


Hi @Philip.Argyropoulos
I believe transparency and continuous improvement of the monitoring and maintenance procedures are essential in such cases.


thank you but, unfortunately, not everybody is on the same page. Some people involved in the tanker vetting sector often have a bureaucratic and not a technocratic approach and thus may “condemn” a vessel without a valid reason.


Hi everybody,
To my so far experience and with regards to the LO analysis reports with Status Caution, the inspector wants to see that this was discussed between the ship and the office and that reasonable actions were decided (eg more frequent analysis for close monitoring). With regards to LO analysis reports with Status Urgent, it may cause a problem unless it’s been already rectified and new sample is landed to confirm the status of the oil.


Agree with all the above replies. While the approach of vetting inspections is often bureaucratic, simple actions which are properly recorded (thus, evidenced), such as ,replenishment of oil, overhauling of equipment or directions for additonal sampling are normally accepted without observations.