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Indonesia issues statement confirming domestic IMO 2020 compliance

17 Sep 2019

Kementerian Energi dan Sumber Daya Mineral Republik Indonesia, also known as the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia, on Tuesday (10 September) issued a statement on the regulated bunker specification for Indonesia’s shipping industry effective 1 January, 2020.

The five-page statement, seen by Singapore bunker publication Manifold Times, stated Indonesia will comply with the upcoming IMO 2020 regulation due to the country being a signatory of MARPOL.

It noted the last specification of domestic marine fuel issued for Indonesia was in 2005, “therefore the government needs to revise the standard and quality of fuel oil which to be marketed domestically.”

Along with the ministry document came a revised bunker fuel quality specification sheet detailing the new Indonesian bunker specification.

The translated document is as follows (best viewed on desktop):

No Characteristics Unit Limit Test method
MFO 180 MFO 380
Min. Max. Min. Max. ASTM Remarks
1 Density at 15 °C Kg/m3 991 991 D 1298
2 Viscosity at 50 °C Mm2/s
180 380 D 445
3 Sulphur content % m/m   0.5   0.5 D 1552
D 2622
D 4294
4 Pour point °C 30 39 D 97
5 Flash point °C 60 60 D 93
6 Acidity mg
2.5 2.5 D 664
7 Residual carbon % m/m 18 18 D 189
8 Ash content % m/m 0.1 0.1 D 482
9 Total sediment % m/m 0.1 0.1 D 473
10 Water content % v/v 0.5 0.5 D 95
11 Vanadium mg/kg 350 350 D 5708 IP 501
IP 470
12 Aluminium + silicon mg/kg 80 80 D 5184
D 5185
IP 501
IP 470
13 Used lubricating oil Free from used lubricating oil (ULO) D 5185 IP 501
IP 470
IP 500

An industry player told Manifold Times the new domestic marine fuel specification for Indonesia seemed to largely reflect ISO 8217:2005 specifications – with the exception of sulphur content.

“Critical parameters such as hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and calculated carbon aromaticity index (CCAI), which are specified in ISO 8217:2017 are missing,” he said.

“IMO 2020 was designed with the assumption that industry is using 2017 specs.”

The upcoming ISO/PAS 23263:2019 (Considerations for fuel suppliers and users regarding marine fuel quality in view of the implementation of maximum 0.50% S in 2020) makes specific reference only to the ISO 8217:2017 specification.

Related: Upcoming ISO/PAS 23263 spec to provide IMO 2020 fuel quality answers

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Published: 17 September, 2019

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