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FOBAS: 63 off-spec bunker cases identified in 2H June 2019, says report

05 Jul 2019

The Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) identified a total of 63 off-spec marine fuel cases during the period between 15 to 30 (2H) June, when compared to 1H June 2019.

The most off-spec cases were recorded at Singapore port, while issues with sulphur content was mostly seen at Fujairah port.

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 June are as follows:
 

Port  Characteristic  ISO 8217
Limit or
Advised
Value
Final result Unit
         
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 Pour point 0* 9 °C
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 °C
Singapore Sulphur 0.09** 0.12 % Mass
Singapore Sulphur 0.09** 0.14 % Mass
Singapore Viscosity at 50°C 376.3** 409.6 cSt
Singapore Viscosity at 50°C 376.3** 401.1 cSt
Singapore Water 0.50* 0.90 % Volume
         
Fujairah Sulphur 3.48** 3.74 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.48** 3.73 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.48** 3.69 % Mass
Fujairah Water Trace* 1.20 % Volume

*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 have been organised in chronological order below:
Related: FOBAS: International off-spec bunker cases up 9% in 1H June 2019
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
RelatedFOBAS: 91 instances of off-spec bunker fuel cases in 2H January
RelatedFOBAS Alert: Off spec sediment bunker fuel oil from Singapore

Published: 5 July, 2019
 

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