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FOBAS: International off-spec bunker cases up 9% in 1H June 2019

19 Jun 2019

A total of 63 off-spec marine fuel cases were identified by the Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) during the period between 1 to 14 (1H) June, compared to 2H May 2019.

Bunker samples collect from Antwerp port, which saw the most number of off-specs, saw issues with viscosity; while Singapore bunker samples detected off specification density parameters.

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 June are as follows:

Port Characteristic ISO 8217
Limit or
Final resultUnit
AntwerpCetane index40**39Index
AntwerpTotal Sediment Potential0.10*0.37% Mass
AntwerpViscosity at 40°C6.00**6.0cSt
AntwerpViscosity at 50°C377.0**399.9cSt
AntwerpViscosity at 50°C377.0**397.9cSt
AntwerpViscosity at 50°C377.0**399.7cSt
AntwerpViscosity at 50°C377.0**399.7cSt
Wei HaiFlash point60.0***30.0°C
Wei HaiFlash point60.0***30.0°C
Wei HaiMCR 10% bottom0.30*0.38% Mass
Wei HaiMCR 10% bottom0.30*0.37% Mass
Wei HaiSulphur0.09**0.84% Mass
Wei HaiSulphur0.09**0.78% Mass
SingaporeDensity at 15°C0.9908**0.9920kg/l
SingaporeDensity at 15°C0.9747**0.9955kg/l
SingaporeDensity at 15°C0.9900**0.9929kg/l
SingaporePour point0*9°C
SingaporeWater0.50*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 have been organised in chronological order below:

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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: 19 June, 2019

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