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Viswa Group issues alert over low flashpoint distillate bunker fuels at Turkish ports

14 Oct 2020

International marine fuel specifications testing company Viswa Group on Saturday (10 October) said it has identified four fuels with low flashpoint (57, 57, 57 and 59 deg Celsius) from the Turkish ports of Ahirkapi, Aliaga and Istanbul.

Viswa noted that the four supplies were Low Sulphur distillate fuels (LSMGO) and the off-spec fuels were supplied by two suppliers.

The fuels fall outside the SOLAS and ISO 8217 requirements of flash point of 60.00 degC minimum. As per SOLAS requirements, the minimum flash point of any fuel carried in the tanks of a ship should be not less than 60.00 deg C. 

It added that is no permissible negative tolerance, and this applies to any fuel onboard the vessel (with exception of fuel for lifeboats which can be grade DMX with a flash point min of 43 degC).

When are ordering fuels from Turkey it is advised to insist on getting the actual flash point values from the supplier.

Photo credit: Meriç Dağlı

Published: 14 October, 2020

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