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FOBAS: International off-spec bunker cases down 6% in 1H July

18 Jul 2019
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The Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) found 59 off-spec marine fuel cases during the period between 1 to 14 (1H) July, 6% lower when compared to 63 identified in 2H June 2019.

The most off-spec cases were recorded at Singapore port which saw the majority of issues related to pour point.

A source earlier told Manifold Times pour point off spec cases at Singapore are “not a big issue” due to local weather conditions.

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 1H July 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* 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
         
Texas City  Aluminium + Silicon 60* 140 mg/kg
Texas City Ash 0.100* 0.131 % Mass
Texas City Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.19 % Mass
Texas City ULO Detected Detected  
Texas City Water 0.50* 0.70 % 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: Update on contaminated fuels from St Petersburg, Russia
Related: FOBAS: High Aluminium + Silicon levels in fuels from Chennai
Related: FOBAS: 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

Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 18 July, 2019
 

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