High sediment fuel in Southern Europe

An Intertek ShipCare client vessel bunkered 150MT of IFO-180 fuel in Southern Europe. The supplier was a global oil major. A sample of this fuel was taken using a continuous drip sampler and sent by courier to Intertek ShipCare’s UK laboratory for analysis.

Analysis for this (24-hour) test was commenced the same day as the sample was received at the laboratory and completed the following day. The result for total sediment potential (TSP) was found to be considerably in excess of the maximum limit for this fuel of 0.10%m/m. Intertek ShipCare contacted the client with advice that this fuel might have caused excessive fouling, blockages to filters, and poor engine performance.

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