Fuel testing information seems to indicate the IMO 2020 transition has led to a drop in off-specification fuels. File Image / Pixabay
VLSFO blends — handled as one thing of an unknown amount for the reason that IMO 2020 transition — are actually constantly coming with decrease off-spec charges than the historic ones for each HSFO and MGO, in line with testing agency VPS.
In 2021 of the samples despatched to the corporate simply 4% of the VLSFOs had been off-specification on a minimum of one property, Jack Grogan, senior account supervisor at VPS, mentioned at IBIA‘s Bunkering & Shipping in Transition Conference on Wednesday.
That compares with a 14% off-specification charge for HSFO in 2021, a 14-16% historic charge for HSFO and a 9-10% historic charge for MGO.
“VLSFO is definitely on-spec extra usually than gasoil, which is taken into account a higher-quality product,” Grogan mentioned.
“The general message is that these are good fuels.
“The issues you must watch are the chilly circulate properties and destabilisation.”
Of the VLSFO samples coming in as off-specification for sulfur content material, the ‘overwhelming majority’ are actually falling within the 0.50-0.53% hole, Grogan mentioned.
“Sulfur ranges above 0.53% are literally fairly uncommon now in our system,” he mentioned.