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Use the Lab-X to measure sulfur in fuels to ensure compliance to maritime regulations

Air and water quality are becoming increasingly important concerns for the shipping and boating industries.  As part of ongoing efforts to reduce accumulating pollution released from burning fossil fuels, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently announced that the Maritime Protection Committee (MEPC) agreed to implement the proposed 0.50% global SOX cap on marine fuels on January 1, 2020.  This is a significant reduction from the current limit of 3.50% which has been in place since 2012.  Within sulfur emission control areas (ECA), the sulfur limit remains at the 0.10% level established in 2015.

Ports will use a variety of control measures, including requiring International Air Pollution Prevention (IAPP) certificates, collecting verification samples from fuel taken on board and other surveillance techniques.  On-board sulfur testing is a simple, reliable and affordable way to ensure compliance to maritime emission regulations and avoid delays, fines, sanctions, vessel forfeiture or other penalties.

The Oxford Instruments Lab-X is trusted globally for upstream and downstream quality control, and is commonly used by on-shore test laboratories.  To make it easy to operate a quality test program, the Lab-X:

  • Conforms to accepted norms ISO 8754, IP 336, ASTM D4294 and more
  • Can be operated reliably by minimally trained staff
  • Gets results in minutes
  • Prints hardcopy reports for record retention
  • Requires no purge gases, vacuum or special tools
  • Protects against damage caused by accidental sample leakage
  • Performs automatic instrument stabilization to ensure reliable results
  • Takes up minimum bench space with a small footprint and no external PC
  • Offers non-destructive testing so the sample is retained for dispute resolution
  • Is available with a factory calibration using certified, traceable standards
  • Expands to accommodate future requirements such as lower regulatory limits on sulfur (EDXRF norms permit sulfur analysis to low ppm range) or the inclusion of additional elements.

As maritime emissions regulations change, Oxford Instruments’ XRF analyzers can be depended upon to provide fast, reliable and easy fuels analysis.

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Application note: Lab-X measures sulfur in fuels for maritime regulations

Lab-X for marine fuels analysis

App note "Lab-X for marine fuels analysis"

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