Lloyd’s Register’s Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis And Advisory Service (FOBAS) said that it was currently investigating a number of samples bunkered in St Petersburg, Russia, taken from mid-April to the beginning of May, which were ordered as ISO-F-RMG380 grade and met specification for table 2 of ISO 8217. However, FOBAS said that, during the use of these fuels, vessels had reported various problems, including damage to plungers and M/E and A/E filter damage.
Investigative analysis is currently ongoing, but initial findings had indicated the presence of chlorinated hydrocarbon compounds along with other chemical species.
FOBAS said that the presence of these contaminants in a fuel was a cause for concern.
Owners or charterers of ships planning to bunker in that region were advised to inform suppliers of the owner’s, charterer’s and insurer’s concerns regarding the quality of the fuel in the area.
Attention should be given to the collection of bunker samples. It should be ensured that all parties have witnessed the sampling process and have signed witness forms accordingly and that the supporting documentation includes records of all the samples considered representative of the fuel as loaded, said FOBAS.