The recent drop in VLSFO viscosity has been a talked about topic. It is the result of more distillate making its way into the VLSFO blending pool. Having analysed over 15,000 VLSFO test results, viscosity was found to have dropped by over 35% between November 2019 and March 2020, from 160cst to 100cst.Read More
VLSFO quality remains a headline IMO2020 topic. As suppliers are getting
more experienced at producing VLSFO blends, the proportion of off-spec tests has been declining, although certain quality concerns remain. One of these is the reduction in viscosity, which is due to more distillate blending. This has resulted in vessels being required to adjust age old practices in order to handle and consume the fuel and moreover requires a change in tact when procuring bunkers. The choice of fuel is often limited, however checking quality before buying is as important as ever in order to minimise the risk of claims.