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FOBAS: Global off-spec bunker samples 63% up in 2H July

02 Aug 2019
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International off-spec bunker samples tested by the Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) increased 63% to 96 instances during the period between 15 to 31 (2H) July, when compared to 1H of the similar month.

Singapore port saw the most off-spec cases where the majority of issues were related to pour point; pour point off-spec 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 July are as follows:
 

Port  Characteristic  ISO 8217
Limit or
Advised
Value
Final result Unit
         
Singapore Aluminium + Silicon 60* 133 mg/kg
Singapore Ash 0.100* 0.126 % Mass
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* 6 °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 Pour point 0* 6 °C
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 °C
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 °C
Singapore Sulphur 0.09** 0.15 % Mass
Singapore Water 0.50* 0.75 % Volume
         
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 3.50** 6.1 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 4.90** 6.1 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 6.00** 6.0 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 6.00** 6.1 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 4.90** 6.1 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 50°C 4.78** 552.1 cSt
Antwerp Water Trace* 3.20 % Volume
         
Fujairah Sulphur 3.47** 3.85 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.47** 3.90 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.47** 3.87 % Mass
Fujairah Viscosity at 50°C 379.8** 408.1 cSt
         
Rotterdam Viscosity at 40°C 3.50** 6.1 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 347.0** 401.3 cSt
Rotterdam Water 0.50* 0.90 % Volume
Rotterdam Water 0.50* 1.00 % 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 in 2019 have been organised in chronological order below:

Related: FOBAS: International off-spec bunker cases down 6% in 1H July
RelatedFOBAS: Update on contaminated fuels from St Petersburg, Russia
RelatedFOBAS: High Aluminium + Silicon levels in fuels from Chennai
RelatedFOBAS: 63 off-spec bunker cases identified in 2H June 2019
RelatedFOBAS: 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: 2 August, 2019
 

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