Sulphur Surprises in Balboa VLSFOs

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In the past two weeks, 14% (6 out of 42) of VLSFO samples tested in Panama’s Balboa have exceeded the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 0.50% sulphur cap, indicating higher sulphur levels than permitted, as published on Engine Online.

Sulphur Level Non-Compliance in Fuels

Out of the fuel samples tested, four had sulphur levels ranging between 0.51% and 0.53%, while the other two samples had 0.54% sulphur content, putting them clearly outside the specified limits. Blending fuels close to or exceeding the sulphur limit poses a heightened risk for buyers, as it means purchasing and using fuels that do not comply with global sulphur regulations.

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Source: Engine Online