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LR FOBAS: Off-spec marine fuel cases down 16% in 1H March

20 Mar 2019

The Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) detected a 16% decrease of off-specification marine fuel cases between 1 to 14 (1H) March 2019.

The service identified 61 instances pf off-spec bunker fuel cases in 1H March, down from 73 cases in 2H February.

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.

FOBAS earlier on Thursday (14 March) issued an alert informing all shipowners and operators of low flash point residual fuels at Singapore

The top bunker ports with reported off-spec bunker fuel cases in 1H March are as follows:
 

Port  Characteristic  ISO 8217
Limit or
Advised
Value
Final result Unit
         
Singapore Flash point 60.0*** 58.00 oC
Singapore Flash point 60.0*** 55.00 oC
Singapore Flash point 60.0*** 57.50 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 Viscosity at 50°C 307.5** 420.8 cSt
Singapore Water 0.50* 0.65 % Volume
         
Rotterdam Viscosity at 40°C 5.00** 6.1 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 40°C 4.90** 6.0 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 40°C 5.00** 6.0 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 40°C 4.90** 6.0 cSt
Rotterdam Viscosity at 50°C 691.5** 745.0 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

Related: FOBAS Alert: Low flash point residual fuels at Singapore port
Related: FOBAS: 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: 20 March, 2019
 

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