Online Bunker Fuel Blending Course

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Bunker Fuel Blending 

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For more than a decade, Conference Connection has organized the 3-day Gasoline and Diesel Blending Course that has been successfully held in various global locations including: Singapore, Rotterdam, Fujairah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Kuwait, with attendance by traders, refiners, analysts, schedulers, and operations personnel.

The Gasoline & Diesel course is now available as a separate multi-module, fully online version, which you can take over a period of 20 days, at your convenience.

The online course will provide participants with a deeper understanding on:

  • How to make a variety of fuel oils economically, precisely tailored for a specific application, meeting ISO 8217  
  • How to make real VLSFO, the VLSFO number right now circulating around the world is of very low viscosity and very similar to MGO. 
  • VLSFO pollution and issues to the engine that can cause high risk for ships and workers.
  • Using best practice and application of US and International standards to improve your ability to source, supply and use the fuels required now and in the medium term.

What You Will Get

  • High quality videos and content
  • Ten (10) gasoline and eight (8) diesel modules with each module having one or more videos for theory and exercises
  • Real-life and hands-on Exercises
  • Electronic version of the course book (PDF) with over 800 pages
  • Demo of Diesel GHG Blender
  • Short quiz to test what you have learned during the course

Course Director

Mr. Ara Barsamian

President & CEO
Refinery Automation LLC, USA

Ara Barsamian is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Refinery Automation Institute, LLC (RAIL). A fuels blending automation consulting firm, Refinery Automation Institute specializes in the profitable growth, development, and implementation of blending operations and technology.

Previously, he served as a group head of Exxon Research and Engineering Company where he designed, implemented, started up, and commissioned over 20 blending and oil movement systems across the United States, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Asia.

In 1985, he formed 3X Corporation, which was later acquired by ABB, building on his 40+ years of experience in over 60 blending automation and optimization projects.

Ara is a fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, life-time member of International Society for Automation, member of ASTM working group on using spectrometers for certifying in-line gasoline blends, and a member of IBIA’s Future Fuels working group.

He graduated from the City University of New York with a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering.

Course Highlights

    Introduction to Bunker Blending 

    • Bunker Specifications ISO 8217-17 and more
    • Bunker Blend component properties, specifications and their usage
    • Bunker Grades and Blend Recipes
    • Bunker Blending Schemes and Practices
    • Estimating Price of Components and Products
    • Linear vs. Non-Linear
    • Introduction to Bunker Blending Optimization
    • Typical Blend Optimizer Usage
    • Blending economics
    • Lab Test Methods, Precision and Dispute Resolution
    • Scrubbers as Alternatives, Costs and ROI
    • VLSFO Bunker Patents
    • The Environment, Alternative Fuels and Green House Gas
    • Best Practices for Blending VLSFO Fuels and related issues

Who Should Attend

Traders & Blenders

Gasoline, Fuel Oil, Middle Distillates

Business Managers

Marketing, Marine, Products Trading, Business Development


Operational Engineers, Project Engineers


Refiners, Oil Terminals, Port & Fuel Truck


Business, Fuel, Project


Supervisors, Sales Reps

Programme at a Glance

  • Overview of the Bunker Business – Current and Post 2020
  • Marine Fuels Specifications, Components, and Additives
  • 2020 0.5%S Bunker Blends
  • Blend Components Availability and Pricing
  • 2020 Bunker Blends Compatibility
  • Blending Economics: Pricing Blend Component and Finished Product
  • Blending Property Calculations and Blending Tools
  • Introduction to Blend Optimization (Cheapest Blend)
Day 2
  • Introduction to Quality Assurance
  • Delivery Quantity Measurement
  • 2020 and Scrubbers: How, Costs, ROI Economics
  • 2020 Issues: Compatibility, Stability, Market Prices (LSFO vs.HSFO vs. LSMGO), Patents and Infringement Potential
  • In-Line Bunker Blending vs. Tank Blending
  • Future Low GHG Fuels vs. Fossil Fuels

Get In Touch With Us!

+65 6338 0064