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LR FOBAS: 72% increase in off-spec marine fuel cases in 2H March

05 Apr 2019

The Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) detected a 72% increase of off-specification bunker fuel cases in samples tested between 15 to 31 (2H) March 2019.

The service identified 105 instances of off-spec bunker fuel cases in 2H March, representing an increase from 61 cases in 1H March.

The cases where considered off-spec when a result was outside the 95% confidence limit of either the 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 March are as follows:
 

Port  Characteristic  ISO 8217
Limit or
Advised
Value
Final result Unit
         
Singapore CCAI 870* 874 Index
Singapore Density at 15°C 0.9825** 0.9960 Kg/l
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* 9 oC
Singapore Pour point 0* 6 oC
Singapore Sulphur 0.09** 0.14 % Mass
         
Antwerp Aluminium + Silicon 60* 97 Mg/kg
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 5.00** 6.1 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 5.00** 6.1 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 5.00** 6.1 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 5.00** 6.1 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 40°C 4.00** 6.1 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 50°C 694.4** 746.4 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 50°C 356.0** 491.5 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 50°C 375.6** 397.9 cSt
Antwerp Viscosity at 50°C 693.6** 736.8 cSt
Antwerp Water 0.50* 10.00 % Volume
         
Fujairah Acid Number 2.50* 2.81 mgKOH/g
Fujairah MCR 10% bottom 0.30* 0.61 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.48** 3.80 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.48** 3.72 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.48** 3.75 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.48** 3.76 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.48** 3.78 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.48** 3.79 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.48** 3.81 % Mass
Fujairah Sulphur 3.48** 3.82 % Mass

*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

Related: FOBAS: Off-spec marine fuel cases down 16% in 1H March
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
RelatedFOBAS: 91 instances of off-spec bunker fuel cases in 2H January

Published: 5 April, 2019

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