VPS Bunker Alerts

Veritas Petroleum Services

Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) specialises in marine fuel management and is the market leader for contracted fuel quality testing services. VPS maintains fuel testing laboratories  in Singapore, Rotterdam, Houston and Fujairah and is also a major provider of bunker quantity surveys. Additionally, VPS offers Total Fuel Management advisory services catering to the needs of both shore management and ships.

VPS also publishes regular Bunker Alerts which are based entirely on the company’s analysis of fuel samples. Bunker Alerts are not intended to be an evaluation of overall bunker quality in the ports or areas concerned. However, they may aid the decision-making process when bunkers are required and may forewarn vessels about possible problems affecting bunkers already supplied.

The circulation of Bunker Alerts is generally limited to VPS’ own clients. However, VPS has kindly allowed the West of England to make such information available to Members and other approved users of the Club’s website not less than 10 days after they have been issued on a strictly private and confidential basis . Therefore, in accordance with the statement printed at the bottom of each VPS Bunker Alert, the details should not be circulated to other parties or reproduced elsewhere.

To view a VPS Bunker Alert, simply click on the title. Please note that you will only be able to access the Alert if you are a registered user of the Club's extranet - WestNet. You will be asked to login to WestNet (if you have not already done so) and then you will go directly to the Alert. (Depending on your web browser and security settings, you may need to give it permission to download the PDF file). 

For more information on VPS, please see www.v-p-s.com.

2016

2015

2015 20 - High Abrasives Fuels in Paranagua, Brazil

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested five (5) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Paranagua, Brazil with high Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si). The Al+Si concentration ranged from 101 to 105 mg/kg (averaging 103 mg/kg)....

2015 19 - Low Flash Point Distillates in Piraeus, Greece

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested three (3) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Piraeus, Greece, with a flash point ranging from 41.0°C to 53.0°C. The bunker deliveries were made in the period 5 May to 21 May 2015 by two (2) suppliers....

2015 14 - Low Viscosity Dstillates in Norfolk, USA - Update

On 17 March 2015, Veritas Petroleum Services issued Bunker Alert, ref.14/2015 related to low viscosity distillate fuel deliveries in Norfolk, USA, between 22 February and 12 March 2015. Since then, we have tested five (5) more samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Norfolk, USA, with low viscosity....

2015 13 - High Sediment Fuels in Singapore - Update

On 12 March 2015, Veritas Petroleum Services issued Bunker Alert, ref. 13/2015 related to high sediment fuel oil deliveries in Singapore between 03 and 05 March 2015. Since then, we have tested five (5) more fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Singapore with elevated sediment content....

2015 15 - Low Flash Point Distillates in Bergen, Norway

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested three (3) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Bergen, Norway, with a flash point ranging from 56.0°C to 59.0°C. The bunker deliveries were made in the period 4 March to 16 March 2015 by one (1) supplier....

2015 14 - Low Viscosity Distillates in Norfolk, USA

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested four (4) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Norfolk, USA, with low viscosity. The tested viscosities ranged from 1.8 to 1.9 mm2/s, with the viscosity stated on the corresponding Bunker Delivery Notes ranging from 1.9 to 2.1 mm2/s. The deliveries were made by two (2) suppliers between 22 February and 12 March 2015....

2015 13 - High Sediment Fuels in Singapore

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested three (3) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Singapore with elevated sediment content. The deliveries were made by two (2) suppliers in the period 03 March to 05 March 2015....

2015 11 - Low Flash Point Distillates in Laayoune, Morocco

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested three (3) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Laayoune, Morocco, with a flash point ranging from 48.0°C to 56.0°C. The bunker deliveries were made in the period 3 February to 12 February 2015 by one (1) supplier....

2015 10 - Low Flash Point Distillates in Marseilles, France

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested three (3) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Marseilles, France with a flash point of 58.0°C. The bunker deliveries were made in the period 10 February to 18 February 2015 by two (2) suppliers....

2015 09 - Low Flash Point Distillates in Bergen, Norway

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested three (3) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Bergen, Norway, with a flash point ranging from 57.0˚C to 59.0˚C. The bunker deliveries were made in the period 14 January to 30 January 2015 by one (1) supplier....

2015 08 - Low Flash Point Distillates in Philadelphia, USA

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested three (3) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Philadelphia and surrounding ports, USA, with a flash point ranging from 57.0˚C to 58.0˚C. The bunker deliveries were made in the period 23 January to 28 January 2015 by two (2) suppliers....

2015 07 - Low Flash Point Distillates in Miami, USA

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested seven (7) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Miami and surrounding ports, USA, with a flash point ranging from 54.0˚C to 58.0˚C. The bunker deliveries were made in the period 02 January to 26 January 2015 by three (3) suppliers....

2015 06 - Low Flash Point Distillates in Istanbul, Turkey

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested three (3) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Istanbul, Turkey, with a flash point ranging from 58˚C to 59˚C. The bunker deliveries were made in the period 7 January to 18 January 2015 by two (2) suppliers....

2015 05 - Low Flash Point Distillates in Zeebrugge, Belgium

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested three (3) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Zeebrugge, Belgium, with a flash point of 55˚C. The bunker deliveries were made in the period 8 January to 16 January 2015 by one (1) supplier....

2015 04 - Low Flash Point Distillates in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested three (3) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, with a flash point ranging from 58.0˚C to 59.0˚C. The bunker deliveries were made in the period 8 January to 15 January 2015 by one (1) supplier....

2015 03 - Low Flash Point Distillates in New York, USA

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested four (4) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in New York, USA, with a flash point ranging from 57.5˚C to 59.0˚C. The bunker deliveries were made in the period 23 December 2014 to 6 January 2015 by three (3) suppliers....

2015 02 - High Abrasives Fuels in Liverpool, UK

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested four (4) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Liverpool with high Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si). The Al+Si concentration ranged from 90 to 93 mg/kg (averaging 92 mg/kg). The deliveries were made by two (2) suppliers between 26 December 2014 and 5 January 2015....

2015 01 - Low Viscosity Distillates in Norfolk, USA

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested four (4) samples representing distillate fuel deliveries in Norfolk, USA, with low viscosity. The tested viscosities ranged from 1.695 to 1.908 mm2/s, with the viscosity stated on the corresponding Bunker Delivery Notes ranging from 1.700 to 1.912 mm2/s. The deliveries were made by three (3) suppliers between 19 December 2014 and 05 January 2015....

2014

2014 65 - High Abrasives Fuels in Singapore

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested twenty (20) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Singapore with high Aluminium and Silicon (Al + Si). The Al + Si concentration ranged from 61 to 92 mg/kg (averaging 74 mg/kg) with six (6) of the samples tested above 80 mg/kg (averaging 89 mg/kg)....

2014 63 - High Sodium Fuels in Freeport, The Bahamas

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested four (4) fuel samples with excessive sodium (Na) content. The samples represent HFO deliveries made by one (1) supplier from 30 November to 13 December 2014 in Freeport, Bahamas....

2014 61 - High Sediment Fuels in St Petersburg, Russia

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested five (5) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in St. Petersburg, Russia with elevated sediment content. The Total Sediment Potential (TSP) ranged from 0.14 to 2.2% m/m with the Total Sediment Existent (TSE) ranging from 0.14 to 2.6% m/m....

2014 60 - High Sodium Fuels in Antwerp, Belgium

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested six (6) fuel samples with excessive sodium (Na) content. The samples represent HFO deliveries made by two (2) suppliers, from 02 to 04 November 2014 in Antwerp, Belgium. The sodium content of the tested samples ranged from 102 mg/kg to 110 mg/kg. ISO 8217 2010/2012 states a maximum limit of 100 mg/kg of sodium....

2014 56 - High Abrasives Fuels in Miami and Surrounding Ports, USA - Update

On 24 October 2014, Veritas Petroleum Services issued Bunker Alert, Ref. 56/2014 related to high abrasives fuel oil deliveries in Miami (and surrounding ports), USA between 07 and 16 October 2014. Since then, we have tested ten (10) more fuel oil samples representing low sulphur HFO deliveries in Miami (and surrounding ports), USA, with a combined Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si) concentration ranging from 61 to 95 mg/kg (averaging 86 mg/kg)....

2014 56 - High Abrasives Fuels in Miami and Surrounding Ports, USA

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested eight (8) fuel oil samples representing low sulphur HFO deliveries in Miami and surrounding ports, USA, with a combined Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si) concentration ranging from 77 to 87 mg/kg (averaging 82 mg/kg)....

2014 53 - High Sediment Fuels in Piraeus and Surrounding Ports, Greece

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested six (6) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Piraeus and surrounding ports, Greece, with elevated sediment content. The Total Sediment Potential (TSP) ranged from 0.17 to 0.40% m/m while the Total Sediment Accelerated (TSA) from four samples was unfilterable indicating that the fuels are unstable....

2014 52 - High Abrasives Fuels in Busan, South Korea

Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) has tested four (4) fuel oil samples representing LSFO deliveries in Busan, South Korea, with combined Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si) concentration ranging from 105 to 117 mg/kg (averaging 112 mg/kg)....

2014 51 - High Potassium Fuels in New Orleans, USA

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested five (5) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in New Orleans, USA with excessive potassium (K) content. The deliveries were made by one (1) supplier between 17 and 21 September 2014....

2014 45 - High Sediment Fuels in Savannah, USA

Veritas Petroleum Services has tested three (3) fuel oil samples representing low sulphur HFO deliveries in Savannah, USA, with elevated sediment content ranging from 0.12% m/m to 0.15% m/m....

2014 40 - Low Flash Point Distillates in Novorossiysk, Russia - Update

On 17 June 2014 DNV Petroleum Services issued Bunker Alert ref. 40/2014 related to low flash point distillate deliveries in Novorossiysk, Russia between 04 June and 08 June 2014. Since then we have tested ten (10) more samples with a measured flash point content below the ISO 8217: 2005/2010/2012 requirement of minimum 60˚C....

2014 43 - High Abrasives Fuels in Singapore

DNV Petroleum Services has tested twenty six (26) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Singapore, with combined Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si) concentration ranging from 61 to 250 mg/kg....

2014 41 - High Density Fuels in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

DNV Petroleum Services has tested seventeen (17) fuel oil samples representing low sulphur HFO deliveries in Rotterdam, The Netherlands with densities above the ISO 8217: 2005/2010/2012 maximum limit of 991.0 kg/m3....

2014 39 - High Abrasives Fuels in Freeport, Bahamas

DNV Petroleum Services has tested four (4) fuel oil samples representing low sulphur HFO delivered in Freeport, Bahamas, with combined Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si) concentration ranging from 80 to 86 mg/kg....

2014 36 - High Sediment Fuels in St. Petersburg, Russia

DNV Petroleum Services has tested three (3) fuel oil samples representing low sulphur HFO deliveries in St. Petersburg, Russia, with sediment content exceeding the maximum Total Sediment Potential (TSP) of 0.10% m/m stated in the ISO 8217: 2005/2010/2012 specification, Table 2 requirements....

2014 35 - High Abrasives Fuels in Singapore

DNV Petroleum Services has tested twenty six (26) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Singapore, with a combined Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si) concentration ranging from 61 to 93 mg/kg (averaging 72 mg/kg)....

2014 32 - High Abrasives Fuels in Fos, France

DNV Petroleum Services has tested six (6) samples representing HFO deliveries in Fos, France, with a combined Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si) concentration ranging from 73 to 109 mg/kg (averaging 90 mg/kg)....

2014 22 - High Sediment Fuels in St Petersburg, Russia

DNV Petroleum Services has tested four (4) fuel oil samples representing low sulphur HFO deliveries in St. Petersburg, Russia, with sediment content exceeding the maximum Total Sediment Potential (TSP) of 0.10% m/m stated in the ISO 8217: 2005/2010/2012 specification, Table 2 requirements....

2014 20 - High Sediment Fuels in Los Angeles and Surrounding Ports, USA

DNV Petroleum Services has tested three (3) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Los Angeles (and its surrounding ports), USA, with sediment content exceeding the maximum Total Sediment Potential (TSP) of 0.10% m/m stated in the ISO 8217: 2005/2010/2012 specification, Table 2 requirements....

2014 19 - Contaminated Fuels in Singapore

DNV Petroleum Services recently tested four (4) HFO samples from the port of Singapore with the Calcium (Ca), Zinc (Zn) and Phosphorus (P) values above the maximum limits stated in the ISO 8217: 2005/2010/2012 specification, Table 2 requirements. The Calcium content ranged from 32 mg/kg to 58 mg/kg, Zinc from 16 mg/kg to 18 mg/kg and Phosphorus from 16 mg/kg to 19 mg/kg. These findings indicate the presence of Used Lubricating Oil (ULO)....

2014 17 - High Density Fuels in Antwerp, Belgium

DNV Petroleum Services has tested twenty three (23) fuel oil samples representing heavy fuel oil (HFO) deliveries in Antwerp, Belgium with densities above the ISO 8217: 2005/2010/2012 maximum limit of 991.0 kg/m3....

2014 09 - High Sodium Fuels in Singapore - Update

On 20 February 2014, DNV Petroleum Services issued Bunker Alert, ref. 09/2014 related to high sodium fuel oil deliveries in Singapore between 14 February and 16 February 2014. Since then we have tested and found excessive sodium content in four (4) more samples representing fuel oil deliveries in Singapore....

2014 16 - High Density Fuels in Houston, USA

DNV Petroleum Services has tested four (4) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Houston, USA, with densities above the ISO 8217: 2005/2010/2012 maximum limit of 991.0 kg/m3....

2014 15 - High Abrasives Fuels in Greater Houston Area, USA

DNV Petroleum Services has tested twenty two (22) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in the greater Houston area, USA, with a combined Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si) concentration ranging from 62 to 97 mg/kg (averaging 72 mg/kg). 20 Samples were representing low sulphur deliveries....

2014 14 - High Sodium in Tenerife, Spain

DNV Petroleum Services has tested three (3) fuel samples with excessive sodium (Na) content. The samples represent HFO deliveries from 28 February to 4 March 2014 in Tenerife, Spain. The bunker deliveries were made by one (1) supplier....

2014 13 - High Abrasives Fuels in Busan, South Korea

DNV Petroleum Services has tested five (5) fuel oil samples representing low sulphur HFO deliveries in Busan, South Korea, with a combined Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si) concentration ranging from 74 to 90 mg/kg (averaging 84 mg/kg)....

2014 10 - High Abrasives Fuels in Bahia Blanca, Argentina

DNV Petroleum Services has tested three (3) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, with a combined Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si) concentration ranging from 87 to 96 mg/kg (averaging 90 mg/kg)....

2014 09 - High Sodium Fuels in Singapore

DNV Petroleum Services has tested four (4) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Singapore, with excessive sodium content. These deliveries were made by three (3) suppliers between 14 February and 16 February 2014....

2014 08 - High Density Fuels in Malta

DNV Petroleum Services has tested four (4) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in Malta with density tested above the ISO 8217:2005/2010/2012 maximum limit of 991.0 kg/m3....

2014 06 - High Sediment Fuels in Mobile, USA

DNV Petroleum Services has tested four (4) fuel oil samples representing low sulphur HFO deliveries in Mobile, USA, with sediment content exceeding the maximum Total Sediment Potential (TSP) of 0.10% m/m stated in the ISO 8217:2005/2010/2012 specification, Table 2 requirements....

2014 04 - High Water Fuels in Brofjorden, Sweden

DNV Petroleum Services has tested three (3) fuel oil samples representing low sulphur HFO deliveries in Brofjorden, Sweden with water content exceeding the ISO 8217: 2005/2010/2012 maximum limit of 0.50% V/V. These deliveries were made by one (1) supplier between 12 January and 14 January 2014....

2014 03 - High Sodium Fuels in Tenerife, Spain

DNV Petroleum Services has tested four (4) fuel samples with excessive sodium (Na) content. The samples represent deliveries from 15 to 16 January 2014 in Tenerife, Spain. The bunker deliveries were made by two (2) suppliers....

2014 02 - High Sodium Fuels in New Orleans, USA

DNV Petroleum Services has tested six (6) fuel oil samples representing HFO deliveries in New Orleans, USA, with a sodium (Na) concentration ranging from 102 to 137 mg/kg (averaging 116 mg/kg). The deliveries were made by three (3) suppliers in the period 25 December 2013 and 7 January 2014....

2014 01 - High Abrasives Fuels in Singapore

DNV Petroleum Services has tested twenty one (21) fuel oil samples representing low sulphur HFO deliveries in Singapore, with a combined Aluminium and Silicon (Al+Si) concentration ranging from 64 to 85 mg/kg (averaging 77 mg/kg)....

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