International fuel testing and inspection firm VPS has recorded a leap in the variety of off-spec bunker fuel samples – notably for 0.50% sulphur content material – in the present year so far, observes the Managing Director AMEA at VPS.
“Global sulphur non-compliance stood at about 3% for final year and this quantity elevated to about 7% for 2021,” Captain Rahul Choudhuri advised delegates on the twelfth Fujairah International Bunkering and Fuel Oil Virtual Forum (FUJCON 2021).
“I imagine the problem of the marginally off-spec, that’s the 0.51% to 0.53% sulphur, will proceed to plague this business. This is as a result of a overwhelming majority of those fuels are being blended near the restrict –with sulphur content material in about 50% of bunker samples examined throughout the 0.47% to 0.50% proportion vary.
“However, it’s price noting that whereas the possibilities of getting increased non-compliance to date is actually prevalent in Europe and America; the sulphur compliance in the Middle East is often good. This is optimistic information for Fujairah, though some off-spec sulphur has been noticed in Dubai, Jeddah and Kuwait.”
“So there’s a problem for the business as to how that is dealt with. Do we’d like tighter rules the place, for instance, fuels with more than 0.47% sulphur content material can’t be equipped? Or will we enable the market this flexibility after which take this danger?”
Captain Choudhuri additional referred to VPS check knowledge which confirmed a rising development for bunker fuel off-specs this year; the corporate encountered 12% off-spec circumstances in 2021, in comparison with 8% off-spec circumstances final year.
“The majority of off-specs VPS detected in checks had been from bunker fuel samples lifted at European ports,” he shares.
“In reality, Europe stands out at more than 30% of that quantity [12% of off-spec cases in 2021], adopted by South America, North America, and Russia. Whereas, off-specs circumstances in the Middle East and Asia are extraordinarily low.”
Captain Choudhuri notes flashpoint non-compliance to be amongst points discovered inside these off-spec bunker fuel samples.
“In phrases of statutory compliance, the flashpoint of not much less than 60°C for marine fuels has been set by the IMO and the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS),” he states.
“Flashpoint is a crucial measure for sustaining security in transport and the business has a duty to maintain it that means.
“There is a renewed initiative by some members of the maritime business to decrease the flashpoint stage; presumably for industrial causes.
“Trying to scale back this flashpoint stage will likely be tantamount to happening the slippery slope of diminished security on board ships – and this should not be allowed.”
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Published: 24 March, 2021