Marine Fuels: Specifications, Testing, Purchase, and Use

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    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    5/19/2015 - 5/21/2015

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    San Francisco, CA

    10/27/2015 - 10/29/2015

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    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Recall the history of marine fule
    • Describe how properties of marine fuels affect fuel handling, combustion and cost
    • Describe the sampling process
    • Take precautions to decreate fuel contamination

    Who Should Attend
    Supervisors and managers in laboratory operations; purchasing; fuel supply and handling; and quality control. Also for shipping company employees, and those dealing with the sale, purchase, trade, or use of marine fuels, who need a detailed understanding of fuel quality requirements and why they are necessary for good handling and combustion performance.

    (Not intended as a training course for lab technicians or those who run the tests, because it does not address detailed conduct of the various test methods.)

    Course Description
    Registration: 7:30 am-8:00 AM on first day.
    Class: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. Following lunch on the third day, the class will tour a testing laboratory.

    This class explains how the properties of marine fuels affect fuel handling, combustion, and cost. It provides a detailed understanding of fuel quality requirements, and why they are necessary for good handling and combustion performance. Class interaction will be stressed by using practical examples of applications of the course material to past and current problems.

    Day 1

    • Brief History of Marine Fuel
    • Marine Fuel Specifications
    • Chemistry Primer
    • Crude Quality/Characteristics
    • Refining (Fuels Manufacture)
    • Refining (Blending Practices)
    Day 2
    • Quality Parameters, Significance and Testing
    • Sampling
    • Current Marine Fuel Quality
    • IMO Environmental Issues/Low Sulphur/ECA/GHG - Marpol Annex VI
    • Diesel Engines
    • Ignition Quality
    Day 3
    • Fuel Purchasing
    • Fuel Pre-treatment (Centrifuging)
    • Fuel Handling and Delivery
    • Fuel Contamination
    • Resolution of Conflicts

    ASTM Standards Referenced
    D 2069 Marine Fuels

    Test Methods
    D 93 Flash Point by Pensky-Martens Closed Cup Tester
    D 95 Water in Petroleum Products & Bituminous Materials by Distillation
    D 97 Pour Point of Petroleum Products
    D 189 Conradson Carbon Residue of Petroleum Products
    D 445 Kinematic Viscosity of Transparent & Opaque Liquids
    D 482 Ash from Petroleum Products
    D 976 Calculated Cetane Index of Distillate Fuels
    D 4294 Sulfur in Petroleum Products by Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy
    D 4530 Determination of Carbon Residue (Micro-Method)
    D 4737 Calculated Cetane Index by Four Variable Equation
    D 4870 Total Sediment in Residue Fuels

    D 1298 Density, Relative Density, or API Gravity of Crude Petroleum & Liq. Petrol. Prods by Hydrometer Method

    CIMAC Std.-Rec. 11, Fuel Req. for Diesel Eng.

    Fee Includes
    * All Referenced Standards and Manuals
    * Course Notes
    * Transportation for Demonstrations
    * Certificate of Attendance and 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
    * Coffee Breaks

    About the Instructor
    ROBERT BERNER, marine fuels and lubricants consultant, has 45 years of experience in the marine fuels research and technical service. He served in the American Merchant Marine, holds a Chief Engineers license, worked for Esso International's Tanker Department as a Repair Superintendent, served in the Exxon International Marketing Department, Industrial and Wholesale Division, and was responsible for Exxon's marine fuels sales including product quality, claim dispute resolution, and policy implementation. Following his retirement from Exxon, Berner served as sales director for a bunker dot com company. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Engineering from the State University of New York Maritime College and a Masters of Business in Management and Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

    About Sponsoring Committee
    Organized in 1898, ASTM is one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations. ASTM standards have grown to be among the world's most widely used and accepted documents. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards (available on CD ROM) contain 11,000 standards written by 34,000 members on our 140 technical committees. Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants developed the standards used in this course. For more information, contact David Bradley at (610) 832-9681 or go to our D02 technical committee page.

    Free ASTM Membership
    Attend this course and receive a FREE 1-year membership to ASTM International and Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. (Applies to new members only and may not be used to renew existing memberships)

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    How Learning Will Be Assessed
    Learning will be assessed through a series of question and answer sessions.