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Monday, June 18, 2018

HIGH SEDIMENT FUELS IN ISTANBUL – ATTENTION TO BUNKER QUALITY

This information is provided by DNV Petroleum Services:

Over a ten-day period, DNV Petroleum Services received several heavy fuel oil samples from bunkerings in Istanbul with sediment (TSP) values exceeding the limit set in ISO 8217-1996 of  0.10% m/m.  The average sediment value for these fuels was 0.51% m/m. Vessels receiving such fuels may experience increased sludge formation, filter plugging and other fuel handling problems. If your ship recently bunkered in this area please ensure that the fuel quality is known before using it. If sludge is excessive, our normal recommendation is to decrease the time between sludge discharges and/or run two centrifuges in parallel with minimum throughput.