Alerts

Blending of ‘unestablished’ biofuel feedstocks in marine fuels
Issued: 2024-03-15

Recently a number of ships in the Rotterdam area have, undeclared to them, received fuels with up to around 20% of an ‘unestablished1’ blend component. One of these ‘unestablished’ products appears...

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Off-specification Sulphur fuels in UAE ports
Issued: 2023-09-04

In the last month FOBAS has tested a number of samples from UAE ports which have shown Sulphur results above the required limits.

Please find attached a bulletin which provides further information.

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Possible Fuel Contamination in Houston and US Gulf Area
Issued: 2023-07-11

In the last month, FOBAS has dealt with a number of problematic VLSFO RM fuels from the US Gulf region, specifically from Houston and New Orleans. During the use of these fuels vessels have reporte...

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Low Flash Point MGO Fuels in Naples and Salerno - Italy
Issued: 2023-05-17

In the last month FOBAS has tested a number of samples from Naples and Salerno, which were ordered and supplied as DMA grade fuel however had tested flash points that were below the 60°C SOLAS mini...

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ULSFO fuels exceeding 0.10% sulphur limit in ARA region
Issued: 2023-01-27

In recent days FOBAS has tested a number of samples from ARA Region (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp), which were ordered and supplied as ULSFO (0.10%), however had tested sulphur contents which exce...

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Low flash point VLSFO fuels in Singapore
Issued: 2022-11-04

In recent days FOBAS has tested a number of samples from Singapore, which were ordered and supplied as VLSFO, however had tested flash points which were below the 60°C SOLAS minimum limit.

Pleas...

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Contaminated Fuels from ARA Region - An Update
Issued: 2022-08-04

Further to our previous bulletin issued detailing contaminated fuels found in the ARA area, we have seen further similar cases which suggests this contamination is an ongoing issue.

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Off Specification Sediment (TSP) Fuels from ARA (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp) Region
Issued: 2022-06-28

In the last three weeks FOBAS has tested several samples from the ARA region which had tested Total Sediment Potential (TSP) results exceeding the ISO 8217 specification limit of 0.10% m/m.

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Contaminated Fuels from ARA (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp) Region
Issued: 2022-06-27

Recently FOBAS has investigated a number of VLSFO samples that were bunkered in the ARA region over recent months. Feedback from a number of ships that had used such fuels indicated that they encou...

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High water in fuels from Singapore
Issued: 2022-06-10

Recently FOBAS has tested a number of VLSFO samples from Singapore that exceeded the 0.50%v/v limit for water as stipulated in the ISO 8217:2017 specification.

Please find attached an alert whic...

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