High aluminium and silicon disputed by a supplier

An Intertek ShipCare client vessel bunkered in the Gulf of Mexico, and took 200MT of IFO-180 from a global bunker-oil supplier. A sample of this fuel was taken using a continuous drip sampler and couriered to Intertek ShipCare’s UK laboratory for analysis.

Analysis was conducted on the same day that the sample arrived at the laboratory, and indicated a combined aluminium and silicon content of 199 (mg/kg) against a maximum specification of 80 (mg/kg). Advice was given that the delivered fuel was off-specification and should not be used.

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