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FOBAS: 10% up in bunker international off-spec cases during 2H October

11 Nov 2019

The Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) recorded 112, or 9.8% higher, off-spec bunker samples from international ports during the period between 15 to 31 (2H) October, when compared to 102 cases found during 1H of October.

Singapore and Rotterdam and Antwerp ports saw the most number of off-spec cases over a variety of issues during 2H October.

Several off-spec cases at Singapore were related to pour point; pour point cases at Singapore are “not a big issue” due to local weather conditions, a source earlier told Manifold Times.

The off-spec cases occurred when a result was outside the 95% confidence limit of either ISO 8217 6th edition test parameter or a value given by the BDN or sample label.

The top bunker ports with reported off-spec bunker fuel cases in 2H October are as follows:
 

Port  Characteristic  ISO 8217
Limit or
Advised
Value
Final result Unit
         
Singapore CCAI 860* 863 Index
Singapore Density at 15°C 0.9905** 0.9920 kg/l
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 °C
Singapore Pour point 0* 9 °C
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 °C
Singapore Pour point 0* 9 °C
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 °C
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 °C
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 °C
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 °C
Singapore ULO Detected Detected  
         
Rotterdam CCAI 860* 866 Index
Rotterdam Sulphur 0.10** 0.20 % Mass
Rotterdam Sulphur 0.09** 0.13 % Mass
Rotterdam ULO Detected Detected ULO
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 98.30** 101.0 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 66.3** 89.1 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 377.0** 396.9 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 380.0** 398.3 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 377.0** 397.9 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 151.0** 312.4 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 380.0** 398.2 cSt
         
Antwerp Sulphur 0.09** 0.12 % Mass
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 5.40** 6.31 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 5.40** 6.22 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 50°C 7.4** 89.5 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 50°C 377.0** 401.6 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 50°C 377.0** 401.0 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 50°C 495.6** 524.5 cSt

*ISO 8217 6th edition limit
**Advised value from BDN or sample label
***Due to the statutory significance of Flash Point the 95% confidence limit is not applied

Earlier FOBAS reports on off-spec fuels and bunker alerts in 2019 have been organised in chronological order below:

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RelatedFOBAS: Surge in bunker off-spec cases at Antwerp port during 2H May
RelatedFOBAS: 16% decrease in off-specs of bunker samples in 1H May
RelatedFOBAS: 69 cases of off-spec bunker cases identified in 2H April
RelatedFOBAS: High Acid number and possible fuel contamination at Fujairah
RelatedFOBAS: 72% increase in off-spec marine fuel cases in 2H March
RelatedFOBAS: Off-spec marine fuel cases down 16% in 1H March
RelatedFOBAS Alert: Low flash point residual fuels at Singapore port
RelatedFOBAS: 52% increase in off-spec marine fuel cases in 2H Feb
RelatedFOBAS: 48 off-specification marine fuel cases in 1H February
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Published: 11 November, 2019
 

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