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[post_content] => A few days ago I received an email from an old friend in the cargo inspection business. He sent me a link to a report which was issued by the Dutch Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate. It was titled: ‘Heavy Fuel Oil for Sea-going vessels, On Road Fuels for West Africa, blended in the Netherlands’.
When analysing fuel oil used for bunkers for vessels, waste oil had been used as blending material and PCBs were found in some of the samples taken. In the Road Fuels section of the report a statement was made that pygas, containing a benzene percentage of over 40 per cent, was used as blendstock for gasoline; light cycle oil (LCO), with a high aromatic and sulphur compound content including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) also related to carcinogens, was used as a blendstock to create diesel. The report talked about non-compliance with REACH, SOLAS and MARPOL.
The reason why I am writing this today is that those who may have read my previous columns will immediately understand that something is not right about such a practice. The first rhetorical question I ask is this: “Is blending hazardous materials threatening life and environment good or bad?” You already know the answer.
Without being judgemental I wanted to write something about actually controlling or managing such practices. Would a trader who blends such compounds still be able to control of manage potential risks and effects? Would he or she be able to control the risks of being found out? Again you will know the answer to these questions.
This report can therefore be considered as a non-manageable risk or a so-called non-linear effect driving the trading, shipping and storage business into entropy (disorder). If anyone involved in facilitating such blends believes that this can be controlled and managed he or she is mistaken, because it directly renders vulnerable anyone allowing this harmful practice.
Let’s talk for a moment about winners and losers. Winners are the traders, the ports, storage terminals, inspection companies, shipping agents, additive suppliers, refiners, waste terminals, transport and shipping companies. Losers are people, human and non-human life, the environment, social cohesion, society and those who know that something wrong is going on, but in order to keep their jobs, must stay quiet. Blending is therefore only possible when everyone profiting won’t speak about it. Blending toxic and hazardous materials may not be illegal, but the main question is; is it moral? Is it responsible to expose people and the environment? You already know the answer to that question.
Our conscience cannot be switched off. Remorse cannot be escaped. This is a scientific fact. Regulating this obsolete business model will not change it. It needs to be replaced. In systems science we speak about negative interdependent business models, benefiting some at the cost of others. These costs, which may not be listed on the final invoice, are also known as negative externalities. From now on, let’s start including them as the true cost of doing business.
This is the latest in a series of articles by Arend van Campen, founder of TankTerminalTraining. More information on the company’s activities can be found at www.tankterminaltraining.com. Those interested in responding personally can contact him directly at email@example.com.
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Learning by Training: Obsolete business models
// By Peter Mackay on 18 Jul 2018
This month our columnist Arend van Campen considers the morality of the business - and the costs inherent in immorality
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