Off-specification Sediment Fuels Reported at Port Klang

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Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) released a bulletin warning shipowners of off-spec bunker fuels from Port Klang, reports Manifold Times.

Off specification sediment fuels from Port Klang

Between 07th – 16th of March, FOBAS tested several samples from Port Klang with Total Sediment Potential (TSP) results exceeding the ISO8217 specification limit of 0.10% m/m

The samples were all VSLFO fuels and TSP results ranged from 0.17% m/m to 0.54% m/m. Extended analysis indicated these results were due mainly to extraneous dirt.

Fuels with high sediments can result in excessive sludge deposition in tanks and throughout the handling and treatment/fuel injection systems. Furthermore, in certain cases the attempted use of such fuels may result in highly compromised combustion leading to engine and turbocharger damage.

In addition to the above, fuels containing a high amount of extraneous dirt can result in heavy loading on purifiers which can lower the purifier plant efficiency with respect to removing harmful contaminants such as Aluminium, Silicon, and / or Water. Purifiers should be monitored and operational adjustments made as necessary.

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Source: Manifold Times 

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