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‘We think it is time for ISO 8217 to change from maximum or minimum limits to acceptable value ranges for the relevant parameters, such as viscosity and pour point,’ says Christian Bækmark Schiolborg, Manager, Marine Environment, BIMCO.

Speaking at SIBCON yesterday (7 October), Schiolborg said revising ISO 8217 limits would ‘create more stability for the end users’.

Highlighting the importance of standardisation for ensuring a level playing field for the sector, Schiolborg said: ‘We trust that the coming review of ISO 8217 will adequately address the quality issues related to [very low sulphur fuel oils] so as to support safer operation of international shipping.’

As Bunkerspot previously reported, in August, BIMCO, along with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO, published results of an industry survey on the switch over to very low sulphur fuel oils (VLSFO).

The industry organisations which undertook the survey noted that: ‘As fuel oil properties are fluctuating, quality and safety problems will continue to be a challenge for the global shipping industry.’

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