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SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that Lloyd’s Register FOBAS has received the 2020 GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award, sponsored by ERMA FIRST S.A., at a prestigious award ceremony which successfully concluded on March 3rd at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the 2020 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum.
Lloyd’s Register John McCurry highlights the importance of developing carbon capture and storage, after withdrawal of UK funding in 2015, and its positive impact on the environment. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) divides the CO2 produced by industry, compresses it for transportation, and permanently stores it in rock formations. Also, it stops carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere and plays a key role in climate change.
Lloyd’s Register is collaborating with COSCO Shipping LNG Investment, COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry, Jiangnan Shipyard, MARIC, SSSRI and CCS to develop 220k LNG carrier with Mark III containment system.
The previous week FOBAS tested a number of fuels from Fujairah that contained elevated acid number (TAN). The tested TAN values were all well above the average for the port (0.12mgKOH/g). Therefore, FOBAS alerts that any such contaminants even at low levels contravenes the stipulations of Revised MARPOL Annex VI regulation 18.3 and International Marine Fuel Standard ISO 8217, Clause 5.
The Lloyd’s Register Fuel Oil Bunkering Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) released an alert on 14 March, in which it warned all shipowners and operators regarding low flash point residual fuels at Singapore. The tested flash points were below the 60°C SOLAS minimum limit, with the results varying between 55 and 58 °C.
On January 9, FOBAS issued an alert informing all shipowners and operators of off spec marine fuel oil at Singapore that according to its testings, the sediment of bunker fuel oil is above the limit as specified in ISO 8217 for an RMG380. Total Sediment Potential results were unobtainable, with samples failing to filter within the 25 minutes given for the test method.
Lloyd’s Register’s FOBAS issued an alert warning that recent bunker samples in port of Houston, ordered as ISO-F-RMG380 grade, showed viscosity significantly above the specified limit of 380 cSt. Earlier in October, bunker samples at port of Antwerp had also viscosity exceeding the specified limit of 700 cSt.
Shell’s FLNG facility Prelude, the largest floating offshore facility in the world, has officially entered into Lloyd’s Register class. Last month, Prelude arrived at Browse Basin, off Australia, where it will be moored at a depth of 250 metres and will not be dry-docked for the first 25 years of its expected 50-year operational life.
FOBAS has issued alert to inform about a number of fuel samples bunkered in Fujairah which were tested and found with Aluminium and Silicon concentration (Al+Si) levels above the 95% confidence limit of the respective ordered grades.
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