A new technology venture has completed the first trial of a system that uses synthetic DNA tracers to reduce the risk of fuel contamination ahead of IMO 2020.

BunkerTrace also uses blockchain to manage risk for bunkering operations.

The company, a joint venture between technology firms Forecast Technology and BLOC, used 900 cbm of ISO 8217:2010-compliant fuel supplied by Minerva with a unique tracer added.

The crew then successfully detected this mark with on-board analysis that took less than a minute, with the result of the test logged in a blockchain-based transaction record, it said.