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All 2020 News

Singapore: MPA reports 2020 bunker sales volume increased by 5% despite pandemic

In general, the Port of Singapore’s performance stood resilient throughout 2020 with bunker sales amounting to 49.8 million tonnes at a 5% year-on-year increase.

Jan 14 2021

The Signal Ocean Platform: Reflections on 2020 bunker fuel prices

Bunker prices saw an uptick through the end of November compared to the first wave of Covid-19, but have remained low compared to the start of the year, it said.

Dec 30 2020

Shipowners should use pandemic downtime to retrofit, advises Wärtsilä

With most retrofits requiring docking, the pandemic offers an economically sound opportunity to upgrade old ships into leaner vessels for the future, it said.

Dec 23 2020

Infineum clarifies indicators from certain testing protocols about VLSFO stability

Over an extended period of time, the Reserve Stability Number test is unable to accurately predict the compatibility and stability of marine fuels, it said

Dec 09 2020

Clyde & Co: Lowering ship emissions in a ‘COVID-Normal’ world

Shipyards in China were reportedly offering discounts on new builds, giving an opportunity to shipowners to transition to be IMO 2030 compliant, it said.

Dec 09 2020

ICS FUEL 2020 webinar: ISO 8217:2017 marine fuel quality standard takes center stage in panel discussions

Representatives of Veritas Petroleum Services, Maersk, INTERTANKO, ElbOil Singapore, and SDE International provide insight from their respective fields of expertise on what lies ahead.

Dec 09 2020

Argus Media: Bunker quality disputes rare but global issue – Law firm

Majority of problems with 0.5% sulphur fuel oil have arisen over sediment or sulphur content, and most disputes are resolved commercially, it said.

Dec 03 2020

Veritas Petroleum Services summarises bunker fuel related issues of 2020 in three main points

While Covid-19 concerns are important, Captain Rahul Choudhuri was quick to note this does not mean bunker fuel related issues have indeed disappeared from the shipping sector.

Nov 20 2020

First batch of Tianjin blended bunker fuel exported to Yangtze Delta in the south

35,000 mt of bunker fuel was loaded from Sinochem Tianjin Port warehouse onto its Lipingtan tanker to be exported, said General Administration of Customs.

Nov 18 2020

BIMCO ‘concerned’ on IMO suggestion to amend sulphur testing and sampling regulation

New suggestion can cause confusion between the ship, bunker supplier, time charter etc, especially if the testing results turn out to be different, said BIMCO.

Nov 18 2020

IBIA Convention 2020: Session summary of the APAC – Legal, Compliance and Regulations Panel

Representatives of INTERTANKO, Helmsman and Rajah & Tann gather to discuss IMO 2020, legal frameworks for the purchase and supply of alternative marine fuels, and the handling of bunker claims.

Nov 16 2020

IBIA Convention 2020: Session summary of the APAC – Bunker Suppliers and Buyers Panel

Representatives of Oldendorff, Stena Bulk, Fratelli Cosulich, and TOTAL Marine Fuels Global Solutions discuss IMO 2020, activities in the last 12 months, and future bunker industry developments.

Nov 12 2020

KPI OceanConnect: Can bunkering overcome 2020 challenges and grow in 2021?

European banks stepping back from the bunker industry is a cause for concern, and conversations are now about when will more industry consolidation emerge, it said.

Oct 28 2020

SIBCON 2020: Executive summary of the world’s top bunkering event hosted ‘in a very special year’

Event welcomed over 1,100 attendees from 42 countries; delegates visited virtual booths about 4,800 times; while around 5,800 connections were made, according to data from organiser Informa.

Oct 20 2020

WWF: IMO must close loopholes to stop world’s dirtiest fuel polluting Arctic waters

HFO produces higher levels of air and climate pollutants than any other marine fuel, and its use must be banned in the Arctic, says World Wide Fund For Nature.

Oct 16 2020

Clean Arctic Alliance: Implications of the IMO’s Draft Heavy Fuel Oil Ban in the Arctic

Organisation’s webinar discusses concerns and flaws within the IMO’s proposed Arctic shipping regulation and how it is a ‘fit for purpose’ and ‘a ban in name only’.

Oct 14 2020

Infineum explains: The ability of additives to ‘save’ off-spec VLSFO bunkers depends on these factors

‘We still see circumstances where a product is ‘off-spec’ and the holder of the fuel is then trying to move it back ‘on-spec’ through the use of appropriate additive technology,’ says spokesman.

Oct 08 2020

Pavilion Energy and Gasum to develop global LNG bunker supply network

Partners agreed to leverage on each other’s LNG bunker infrastructure and supply capabilities to provide global supply points across for their customers.

Oct 08 2020

SIBCON 2020: VPS proposes mandate of latest bunker fuel quality standards for Singapore market

Captain Rahul Choudhuri, Managing Director AMEA at VPS, suggests a ban on the obsolete marine fuel quality standards of ISO 8217:2005 and 2012 which no longer apply to the shipping sector.

Oct 08 2020

SIBCON 2020: Senior Minister highlights ‘quality resilience and sustainability’ for bunkering sector

‘We will continue to review and adopt a multi-pronged approach to uphold Singapore as a trusted and quality bunkering hub,’ states Chee Hong Tat in opening address.

Oct 06 2020

Infineum explains: ISO 8217:2017 should be viewed as a ‘minimum performance benchmark’ for VLSFOs

‘The current specifications were developed for the high sulphur bunker fuels of the past and do not yet necessarily address performance issues with the newer VLSFOs and/or ULSFOs,’ says spokesman.

Oct 05 2020

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