Bulletins/alerts

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Elevated Sediment Fuels from Balboa
Issued: 2020-02-10

In the last week, FOBAS has tested a number of samples from Balboa, which were ordered as ISO-F-RMG380 grade, however Total Sediment Potential (TSP) exceeded the specified ISO 8217 limit of 0.10% m...

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Elevated Sediment Fuels from Rotterdam
Issued: 2020-02-03

In the last week, FOBAS has tested a number of samples from Rotterdam, which were ordered as ISO-F-RMG380 grade, however Total Sediment Potential (TSP) exceeded the specified ISO 8217 limit of 0.10...

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China Sample Collection and Testing
Issued: 2020-01-28

Due to the recent Coronavirus virus outbreak in China, measures are being put in place in an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus. These restrictions are impacting on our FOBAS service in Chin...

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Estonian Shale Oil in VLSFO Fuels from ARA
Issued: 2019-12-17

Recently FOBAS has tested a number of VLSFO fuels from the ARA region with very high concentrations (up to 3%m/m) of Resorcinol’s, phenols and other oxygenated compounds not usually found in marine...

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A Final Check!
Issued: 2019-12-17

With less than 15 days to go before the implementation of much anticipated IMO 2020, it has been estimated that around 93% of the world fleet will burn maximum 0.50% sulphur compliant fuels outside...

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Contnued Off Specification Sediment Fuels from ARA Region
Issued: 2019-12-16

Recently we issued a bulletin drawing attention to a number of high and off-spec sediment fuels from Antwerp. Since then we have continued to see a very high number of fuels with high and off-spec ...

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Sediment & Wax Precipitation Point (SWPP)
Issued: 2019-12-04

On 1st January 2020, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) will implement the 0.50% max limit for sulphur content in the marine fuel oil being used outside an ECA. This impending reduction ...

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Launch of SS 648:2019
Issued: 2019-11-15

Please take note that SS 648:2019 was officially launched by The Bunkering Standards Exchange on 7th Nov 2019.

Based on Technical Reference TR 48:2015, implemented on 1 Jun 2016 by Maritime and...

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Off Spec Sediment Fuels from Antwerp
Issued: 2019-11-12

In the last week, FOBAS has tested a number of samples from Antwerp, which were ordered as RMG380 (HSFO) and RMD80 (ULSFO) grades. However, Total Sediment Potential results were above the ISO 8217:...

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High Acid number and Possible Contamination of Fuels in Fujairah
Issued: 2019-10-25

Over the last month, FOBAS have tested a number of fuel oil samples from deliveries in Fujairah that have been found to have an elevated Total Acid Number (TAN). The tested TAN values were all sign...

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