ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF) is now able to supply a heavier grade of bunker fuel at the port of Singapore. EMMF, which recently equipped its facilities at Singapore to provide for custody sampling of bunkers a full six weeks ahead of new local bunkering regulations, says it can now supply fuel of up to 500 centiStokes at the port. Customers can benefit from cost savings in using this new fuel without impairing the performance of their vessels, as most modern ships are designed to burn fuel with viscosity above the conventional 380 centiStokes.
The new grade has typical spec properties similar to the 380 product, with the exception that it has a maximum density of 0.998 and a viscosity of 500 cSt. EMMF technical manager Steve Walker says, "As always, quality and safety are the prime considerations with all fuel supplied by EMMF. We are satisfied that there are now sufficient numbers of our customers who have the necessary equipment and expertise to enable them to use this heavier grade of fuel oil that we can supply.
"The two crucial requirements for the shipowner are the ability to heat the heavier fuel to a sufficiently high temperature to inject it into their vessels' engines, and the provision of purification equipment able to deal with the higher specific gravity of this product.
"We are delighted that our customers can benefit from this development at the world's busiest bunker port."