BUNKER FLASH: Low Flashpoint Bunkers found in Singapore
Issued on 14.Dec.2021
Maritec Pte Ltd has tested several samples representing VLSFO deliveries in Singapore with flashpoint as low as 46°C for the period of 10th December 2021 to 11th December 2021 from various suppliers.
SOLAS Chapter II-2, Part B, Reg. 4. Clause 2.1.1 states
“The following limitations shall apply to the use of oil as fuel, except as otherwise permitted by this paragraph, no oil fuel with a flashpoint of less than 60°C shall be used.”
If your vessel has bunkered a low flashpoint fuel it is prudent to observe the below precautions.
Flame screens on tank vents should be maintained in good condition and there should be no sources of ignition in the vicinity of the vents. This will assist in safe natural ventilation of volatile components in the fuel.
No Smoking, No naked flame and No hot work must be allowed at any areas near to tank air vents.
Send additional tank(s) samples upon arrival in port to check the fuel properties and flash point results especially if there has been co-mingling of fuels in bunker tanks
If the vessel is out at sea it may be possible to obtain dispensation from your Flag State
Administration up to next arrival port
Put the supplier on notice promptly and notify your P&I club.
ISO 4259 interpretation for tested flashpoint temperature is not taken into consideration here as the safety of onboard crew and vessel is of higher precedence.
This document however does not reflect on the overall quality of fuel being supplied in Singapore, if you intend to bunker at this region it is recommended to obtain a Certificate of Quality in prior and evaluate the level of cleaning required for the fuel.
Maritec Pte Ltd can assist you in with further information on quality of bunkers tested in different regions. If you require any other information or assistance do not hesitate to contact us.
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