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FOBAS: Cat fine issues return to Singapore port

08 Jun 2018

Five new cases of aluminium + silicon (cat fine) off spec issues have been recorded at Singapore port for the period between 15th May to 31st May 2018, according to data from Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) data using ISO 8217:2017 as a guideline.

The fuel analysis firm in an earlier report found zero incidences of cat fines and low flash point issues at the republic for the period between 1st May to 14th May 2018.

A report from the similar firm highlighted seven excessive cat fines at Singapore port between 15th and 30th April 2018.

The most recent issues of cat fines were nothing ‘too concerning’, says an industry veteran.

“Most of the bunker contracts at Singapore are based on ISO 8217:2005 standard which specifies a limit of 80 mg/kg for cat fines, while the FOBAS report uses ISO 8217:2017 which states a limit of 60 mg/kg for cat fines,” he explained to Manifold Times.

“The five cases of cat fines recorded by FOBAS are 78 to 81; if you take ISO 8217:2005 standard into consideration the results are nothing too concerning.”

The top three off-spec bunker ports for the period between 15th May to 31st May 2018 are as follows:
 

 Port Characteristic ISO 8217 Limit or Advised Value Final result Unit

 

Singapore Aluminium + Silicon 60* 78 mg/kg
Singapore Aluminium + Silicon 60* 77 mg/kg
Singapore Aluminium + Silicon 60* 79 mg/kg
Singapore Aluminium + Silicon 60* 79 mg/kg
Singapore Aluminium + Silicon 60* 81 mg/kg
Singapore Density at 15oC 0.9908** 0.9930 kg/l
Singapore Density at 15oC 0.9908** 0.9928 kg/l
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC

 

Rotterdam Viscosity at 50oC 379.8** 402.9 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50oC 696.2** 731.8 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50oC 379.3** 402.7 cSt
Rotterdam Water 0.50* 0.85 % Volume

 

Antwerp Viscosity at 40oC 6.00** 6.0 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 40oC 3.50** 6.2 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 50oC 699.5** 737.8 cSt

 

Istanbul Viscosity at 50oC 380.0** 408.1 cSt
Istanbul Viscosity at 50oC 380.0** 399.2 cSt
Istanbul Viscosity at 50oC 366.0** 401.6 cSt

 

Paradip Ash 0.100* 0.142 % Mass
Paradip Sodium 100* 244 mg/kg
Paradip Water 0.50* 4.30 % Volume

Off-spec bunker fuel cases in Singapore during April have caused players to question the traceability of oil material, suggesting the issue could be fixed through increased regulation of the entire bunker supply chain.

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Published: 8 June, 2018
 

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