ShipCare Monthly Technical Update – June 2017

Fuel Quality Overview
In looking at the data accumulated during June 2017, we can see that of all samples tested 10.2% showed one or more parameters to be in excess of the ISO limits as stipulated for the particular grade of fuel (above ISO limits but within the 95% confidence interval for that particular test) whilst 5.5% of all fuels tested were deemed to be off specification based on a single test result i.e. above the 95% confidence interval. Stand out cases for concern related to a supply of DMA grade fuel in the port of Sines, which showed a tested flash point of 47°C compared to a minimum limit of 60°C. In addition, two cases of high catalytic fines in fuels from (i) Singapore and (ii) Tanjung Pelepas respectively (87ppm and 81ppm – for ISO 8217: 2010 grade fuels) were also noted. One other case of particular interest was a DMA grade fuel supplied to a vessel in the port of Koper, which showed a FAME (what is FAME?) content of 1.6% m/m. For further specific details of the
overall quality of fuels supplied in June 2017 please contact our Customer Services Dept. via the


Nor-Shipping – ExxonMobil / Petrospot Round Table
The 2017 Nor-Shipping conference / exhibition was the latest venue for a jointly hosted ExxonMobil and Petrospot round table debate looking at the implications of the 2020 global sulphur cap. Representatives from ExxonMobil, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Intertek ShipCare, IBIA, the Trident Alliance, DNV GL, WWL, Torvald Klaveness and marine lawyers Clyde and Co all gathered to discuss the key issues likely to affect the whole of the shipping and bunkering industries in the lead up to midnight on 31st December 2019. The debate, expertly marshalled by Lesley Bankes-Hughes – Editor & Publishing Director at Petrospot Ltd, covered topics such as fuel availability, wide scale compliance and enforcement, fuel quality issues and new and emerging compliance technologies.

The full report of the debate was published on 19th June 2017 and can be accessed via the Bunkerspot website ( or downloaded using the enclosed link


Upcoming Events
19th July 2017 – Intertek ShipCare Technical Seminar – The Curium Palace Hotel, Limassol, Cyprus.
11th Sept 2017 – London International Shipping Week
13th Sept 2017 – IBIA Forum “2020 – Getting down to Business”