Fifty eight off-spec marine fuel cases were identified by the Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) during the period between 15 to 31 (2H) May 2019.
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.
There was an increase in off specification marine fuel cases concerning viscosity at the Belgium port of Antwerp; the development replaces Singapore, which traditionally experiences the most number of off-spec cases due to its volume, as the top off-spec bunker port in the period of 2H May.
The top bunker ports with reported off-spec bunker fuel cases in 2H May are as follows:
|Antwerp||Viscosity at 40°C||4.00**||6.06||cSt|
|Antwerp||Viscosity at 40°C||3.50**||6.02||cSt|
|Antwerp||Viscosity at 50°C||377.0**||401.5||cSt|
|Antwerp||Viscosity at 50°C||377.0**||398.4||cSt|
|Antwerp||Viscosity at 50°C||377.0**||410.2||cSt|
|Antwerp||Viscosity at 50°C||377.0**||397.9||cSt|
|Antwerp||Viscosity at 50°C||377.0**||401.8||cSt|
|Singapore||Aluminium + Silicon||60.0*||131||mg/kg|
|Singapore||MCR 10% bottom||0.30*||3.57||% Mass|
|Singapore||Viscosity at 50°C||376.8**||404.6||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 have been organised in chronological order below:
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Published: 6 June, 2019
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