State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has commenced delivery of Low Sulphur Furnace Oil (LSFO) as marine fuel at ports in the country. The first delivery was made on October 26th 2019 to LPG tanker Berlian Ekuator at Kandla port.
LSFO 0.5% S grade marine fuel is now available at Kandla and Kochi ports. Bunker fuel deliveries at other Indian ports Mumbai, Mangalore, Tuticorin, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Haldia are scheduled to start by mid-November 2019.
IOC had earlier unveiled two new IMO 2020 compliant marine fuel grades as well as a range of marine lubricants specifically formulated and complaint with IMO 2020 Low Sulphur Marine Fuel specifications in Mumbai.
IOC said that the LSFO 0.5% S grade was produced from sweet crude oil grades with kinematic viscosity in the range of 220-270 cSt and complied with ISO 8217:2017 RMG380 standard. IOC said that the fuel addressed all quality considerations detailed by the recently released ISO 23263:2019 document including the Spot test for Compatibility.