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FOBAS: Off-spec bunker samples up 40% at global ports in 1H October

17 Oct 2019

The Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) recorded 102, or 39.7% higher, off-spec bunker samples from international ports during the period between 1 to 14 (1H) October, when compared to 73 cases found during 1H of September.

Singapore and Rotterdam port saw the most number of off-spec cases over a variety of issues during 1H October.

Several off-spec cases at Singapore were related to pour point; pour point 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 1H October are as follows:
 

Port  Characteristic  ISO 8217
Limit or
Advised
Value
Final result Unit
         
Singapore Density at 15°C 0.9908** 0.9943 kg/l
Singapore Density at 15°C 0.9890** 0.9964 kg/l
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 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** 0.12 % Mass
Singapore Water 0.50* 0.65 % Volume
Singapore Water 0.50* 1.30 % Volume
         
Rotterdam Pour point 30* 36 °C
Rotterdam Pour point 30* 36 °C
Rotterdam Sulphur 0.09** 0.13 % Mass
Rotterdam Sulphur 0.09** 0.12 % Mass
Rotterdam Viscosity at 40°C 6.00** 6.0 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 699.0** 736.9 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 374.0** 407.6 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 7.4** 89.1 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 377.0** 398.9 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 376.0** 405.8 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 699.0** 742.6 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 376.0** 397.2 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 380.0** 404.2 cSt
         
Balboa CCAI 870* 874 Index
Balboa Water 0.50* 1.10 % Volume
Balboa Water 0.50* 1.00 % Volume
Balboa Water 0.50* 1.00 % Volume
Balboa Water 0.50* 0.80 % Volume
Balboa Water 0.50* 1.10 % Volume
Balboa Water 0.50* 0.75 % Volume
Balboa Water 0.50* 1.00 % Volume
Balboa Water 0.50* 0.90 % 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:

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RelatedFOBAS: 69 cases of off-spec bunker cases identified in 2H April
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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
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Published: 17 October, 2019
 

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