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Sunday, January 21, 2018

BUNKER ALERT - LOW FLASH POINT FUELS IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA

DNV Petroleum Services (DNVPS) received during the last week of year 2000 five fuel oil samples from bunkerings in Durban with Flash Point below the minimum ISO 8217:1996 value of 60 degrees Celsius. The off-spec fuel ranged in Flash Point values from 54-59 degrees Celsius. Vessels receiving such fuels are in violation of SOLAS 1974 Amendment 1 Chapter II-2, Reg.15 Safety Standard. If your vessel recently bunkered fuel in Durban, please ensure that the fuel quality is known.

Flash Point is a measure of the tendency of the sample to form a flammable mixture with air under controlled laboratory conditions. It is only one of a number of properties which must be considered when the overall flammability hazard of a material. With respect to safety, avoid hot work and smoking or any other heat source in the vicinity of fuel storage tank and vents. The risks of electrical charges should be considered when using metallic sounding or sampling devices. Such devices should be earthed or bonded to the tank structure.

Source: Det Norske Veritas