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FOBAS: Off-spec fuel quality report records 106 instances worldwide

08 Jan 2020
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The Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) recorded 106 instances of off-spec bunker samples from international ports during the period between 15 to 31 (2H) December 2019.

Singapore, Beverwijk, Rotterdam and Antwerp ports saw the most number of off-spec cases over a variety of issues during 2H December.

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 2H December are as follows:
 

Port Characteristic ISO 8217 Limit or Advised Value Final Result Unit
Antwerp Density at 15ºC 1.0039** 1.0039 kg/l
Antwerp Flash point 60.0*** 59.0 ºC
Antwerp Flash point 60.0*** 57.5 ºC
Antwerp Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.21 % Mass
Antwerp Viscosity at 50ºC 483.7** 501.6 cSt
         
Beverwijk Aluminum + Silicon 60* 193 mg/kg
Beverwijk Ash 0.100* 0.110 % Mass
Beverwijk CCAl 870* 876 Index
Beverwijk Density at 15ºC 0.9502** 1.0133 kg/l
Beverwijk Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.18 % Mass
         
Rotterdam Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.2 % Mass
Rotterdam Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.52 % Mass
Rotterdam Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.46 % Mass
Rotterdam Viscosity at 40ºC 5.50** 6.0 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50ºC 676.4** 750.5 cSt
Rotterdam Water 0.50* 1.65 % Volume
         
Singapore Flash point 60.0*** 59.0 ºC
Singapore MCR 10% bottom 0.30* 2.92 % Mass
Singapore MCR 10% bottom 0.30* 4.51 % Mass
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 9 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 12 oC
Singapore Sulphur 0.08** 0.31 % Mass
Singapore Sulphur 0.09** 0.12 % Mass
Singapore Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.35 % Mass
Singapore Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.52 % Mass
Singapore Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.16 % Mass
Singapore Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.51 % Mass
Singapore Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.41 % Mass
Singapore Total Sediment Potential 0.10* 0.26 % Mass
Singapore Viscosity at 50ºC 363.1** 573.8 cSt

*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:

RelatedFOBAS Alert: Off Specification Sediment VLSFO from Singapore port
Related: FOBAS: Cat fines and Total Sediment Potential off specs at Singapore port
RelatedFOBAS Alert: Off spec high sediment bunker fuels from Antwerp port
Related: FOBAS: 10% up in bunker international off-spec cases during 2H October
RelatedFOBAS: Off-spec bunker samples up 40% at global ports in 1H October
RelatedFOBAS: Rise in off-spec bunker samples at Malaysia ports during 1H September
RelatedFOBAS: International bunker off-spec samples down 32% in 1H August
RelatedFOBAS: Global off-spec bunker samples 63% up in 2H July
RelatedFOBAS: 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

 

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