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Off Specification Fuels from Balboa, Panama
Issued: 2022-01-20

In recent weeks, FOBAS has tested a number of MGO fuel samples from Balboa, Panama, which showed Sulphur levels above 0.11%m/m.

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MARPOL Annex VI – Fuel Oil Sampling Points
Issued: 2022-01-12

LR has issued a class news update sharing information regarding amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, given in Resolution MEPC.324(75). These amendments introduce new requirements for the sampling and ver...

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High Acid Number Shale oil blended fuels from Singapore
Issued: 2021-11-02

There has recently been a distinct rise in the average acid number of fuels bunkered in Singapore, along with a number of results above the 2.50mgKOH/g ISO8217 limit.

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Off Specification Sediment Fuels from Antwerp
Issued: 2021-08-13

In the last two weeks FOBAS has tested a number of samples from Antwerp which had tested Total Sediment Potential (TSP) results exceeding the ISO 8217 specification limit of 0.10% m/m.

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LR Focuses on Maritime Growth with BA&IS Divestment
Issued: 2021-06-30

Earlier this week, Lloyd’s Register announced the divestment of part of the business not related to the marine business stream. The attached bulletin updates you on our continued commitment from F...

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Additional Sample Analysis to Verify Compliance with Carb Regulation
Issued: 2021-03-08

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced an additional measure to verify compliance with the CARB emission regulations for ocean-going vessels.

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Off Specification Fuels from Singapore
Issued: 2021-02-12

In the last week, FOBAS has tested several samples from Singapore, which were ordered as ISO-F-RMG380 grades, that exceeded the ISO 8217 specification limit of 0.50 % v/v for water content.

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Off Specification Fuels from ARA, Houston and Istanbul
Issued: 2021-01-26

In recent weeks, FOBAS has tested several samples from ARA (Antwerp, Rotterdam, Amsterdam), Houston and Istanbul, which had tested Total Sediment Potential (TSP) results exceeding the ISO8217 speci...

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Low Flash Point Distillate Marine Fuels in Falmouth
Issued: 2021-01-22

In recent weeks, FOBAS has tested several samples from Falmouth, which were ordered as ISO-F-DMA grades, having tested flash points below the 60°C SOLAS minimum limit for marine fuel oil.

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Issue of Excessive Cylinder Component Wear on Large Two-Stroke Engines During the Use of 0.50% Sulphur Fuels
Issued: 2020-09-21

Since the implementation of MARPOL Annex VI regulation 14.1.3 from 1st January 2020, FOBAS have seen an upsurge in combustion related incidents resulting in cylinder liner damages of large two-stro...

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