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FOBAS: Off-spec water RMG380 fuels in Singapore

04 Jul 2018

Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) issued the following statement on Tuesday in regards to excessive water content from several Singapore bunker samples:

Recently FOBAS tested several residual fuel samples from Singapore, bunkered against an RMG380 grade, which exceeded the 0.50 % v/v limit for water as stipulated in the ISO 8217:2017 specification. Water content of these fuels range from 0.65 % v/v to 1.4 % v/v.

Water at these levels should reduce to acceptable levels (<0.20 % v/v at the engine inlet) with prolonged settling, regular draining and during purification. Particular attention should be given to optimising separator arrangements and settings and maintaining throughput temperatures at 98 Deg C to enhance separator efficiency.

If any doubt over the adequate reduction of water then vessels should take further samples for analysis from before and after the purifier(s) and at engine entry to confirm reduction of water to acceptable levels for engine entry.

Published: 4 July, 2018

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