Over the course of three-days, the program seeks to focus on bunker fuel blending techniques concentrating on the creation and optimization of profitable blend formula. In addition to comprehensive analysis of blend components including pricing and the environmental impact, the program seeks to educate participants through real life case studies and exercises.
Take home after the course:
In order to get the maximum benefit for the course, participants should have Windows laptop installed with Adobe PDF Reader, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
MCF Training Grant is available for eligible course participants. Please refer to www.mpa.gov.sg/mcf for information on the MCF Training Grant.
President, Refinery Automation Institute 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.
Fuel Oil / Products Traders & Operators
Bunker Marketers / Traders
Middle & Senior Managers
Business Development Managers
Trading Managers / Operators
Commercial / Chartering Managers
Supply & Operation Managers
Blend Schedulers / Specialists
Cargo Inspector / Surveyors
1. Introduction to Bunker Blending and Bunker Business
2. Bunker Specifications: ISO 8217-17, 2020 PAS, VLSFO “Proposed Specs”
3. Typical Blend Components and Properties
4. Bunker Compatibility and Stability
5. Bunker Grades and Blend Recipes
6. Bunker Blending Schemes and Practices
1. Pricing of Bunker Components and Products
2. Blending Linear – Non-Linear Property Calculations
3. Introduction to Blend Optimization
4. Lab Test Methods, Precision and Dispute Resolution
5. Delivery Quantity Measurements
6. Scrubbers as Alternatives to Low Sulfur Bunkers, Costs and ROI
1. VLSFO Bunker Patents
2. The Environment, Alternative Fuels, and Green House Gas
3. Best Practices of Blending VLSFO Fuels
4. Bunker References
“Ara is a great communicator and made this difficult topic simple, a great course, delivered very well"
“I got really good insights into the topic and now have a better understanding of what blending is all about”
“I learnt a lot - and was able to tie my previous information and knowledge to a more structured format”
“I was deeply impressed how comprehensive, thoroughly composed and well structured the course was. It was well balanced between lectures and exercises”
“Must attend course for ship operators involved in fuel blending process”