Maritime transport scenario
Maritime transport is a story longer than that of written history itself.
The need for personal transport to hunt, fish and eventually trade has driven man to the sea since the beginning of time. Rafts, canoes, boats and ships have always been valuable assets to the life of humans.
Over the course of time, the simple fishing raft was eventually replaced by a freighter canoe; providing the ability to trade various goods with other peoples along the nearby shores.
The value provided by these very basic vehicles has been so important throughout history that man has spend thousands of years improving his capability to ply the seas for personal and economic reasons.
Marine transport is no less important today as it has been throughout history. As a matter of fact, 90% of all international cargo is transported by sea. That takes an estimated 57,000 ships, which currently make up the worlds merchant fleet.
Modern ships burn low-grade “residual” fuel oils called “bunker”. Residual means the material remaining after the more valuable cuts of crude oil have boiled off during the refining process.Bunker gets it’s name from the bunkers that stored coal both in ports and onboard ships, during the steamship era. Bunker is commonly a tarlike fuel that has to be heated, in some cases higher than 250 degrees Farenheit, so it can be pumped to the engine to be burned.