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New ISO standard coming for marine fuels

With the varied parameters in VLSFO there is a need to revise the ISO 8217 marine fuel standard, which could take three years to complete

New ISO standard coming for marine fuels
15 July 2020 - 10:12

International marine fuel standards are set to be revised over the next three years in reaction to the increased use of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). The uptake of VLSFO with less than 0.5% sulphur content was driven by IMO legislation that came into force on 1 January 2020.

Since IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap regulations were implemented, VLSFO is the most frequently purchased marine fuel.

Bureau Veritas (BV) VeriFuel global technical manager Charlotte Røjgaard told attendees of Riviera Maritime Media’s ‘Fuel Testing – no easy answers’ webinar, part of Marine Fuels Webinar Week, that an International Standards Organisation working group had begun revising ISO 8217, which was last updated in 2017.

“The ISO 8217 committee is currently evaluating VLSFOs in the market and this information will be used in the work revising the specification,” she said in answers to question from attendees. “The ISO 8217 committee has kicked off the work on the next revision and it takes a minimum of three years to develop an ISO standard,” she added.

This process involves discussions covering the requirements for changes. “The ISO 8217 committee evaluates whether the existing specification meets the industry needs, whether new parameters should be added and whether the existing limits need an update,” said Ms Røjgaard.

VPS group commercial and business development director Steve Bee explained what is likely to be included in this process.

Source: Riviera (cilick for further of the article)

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