In the bunkering business, mishandling accounts can be a point of commercial disagreement between the client and the supplier. For this reason, it is essential to keep alert and do any type of practice that may affect fuel quantities.

In this new blog we seek to open your eyes to a bad practice of the quality victim many customers when it comes to obtaining the product, this is called the “Cappuccino Effect”.


¿What is the Cappuccino Effect?

The Cappuccino Effect is an error in the count of the liters pumped from one tank to another. In this cases , the receiver believe that he has already obtained the agreed amount of fuel when it really is not like that.

This effect is due to the bubbles or foam obtained from the pressure with which it is pumped into the tank at the time of transferring the product. This process makes the meter believe that the tank was filled to the point, but actually a percentage of the tank has the hot air bubbles that were generated from the pressure. When the revision is made it is possible to see an amount of the product decreasing. A problem like this can have great financial repercussions in high deliveries and for this reason it is essential to be willing to avoid any misunderstanding.


¿How to avoid them?

To avoid these situations it is necessary to have a surveyor bunker in the delivery. Here are some tips to detect a possible Capuchin effect:

  • Be aware of any signs of foam on the fuel surface during the bunker inspection.
  • The speed in the delivering of the fuel can have an effect on the bubbles, we must be aware of this aspect.
  • Analyze pressure fluctuations in the meter.
  • The surveyor bunker should be willing to hear unusual noises in the bunkering process and report these discomforts.