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Argus Media: LNG demand may rise with discount to bunkers

Northwest Europe LNG to conventional marine fuels price discount continued to deepen in July, meaning LNG/fuel oil dual-fuel ship owners could cut their bunker expenses by switching to LNG bunker fuel.

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The northwest Europe LNG to conventional marine fuels price discount continued to deepen in July, meaning LNG/fuel oil dual-fuel ship owners could cut their bunker expenses by switching to LNG.

24 July 2023

In June the price of northwest Europe LNG delivered on truck slipped below the price of high-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) at -$10/t, Argus data showed. The discount widened to -$50/t average from 1-24 July. LNG's discount to very low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) on 1-24 July was even deeper, at $112/t, from a $81/t discount in June. LNG was also assessed at $300/t discount to marine gasoil (MGO) on 1-24 July, from a $231/t discount in June.

LNG emits "virtually no sulphur oxides (SOx)" when burned, according to LNG energy industry coalition SEA-LNG. Thus LNG can be used in lieu of 0.1pc sulphur MGO in the global emission control areas (ECAs) such as Rotterdam, where marine fuel sulphur content is capped at 0.1pc to keep down SOx emissions. LNG for bunkering demand accounted for 2pc of Rotterdam total marine fuel demand in the first quarter of the year, up from less than 0.3pc in the first quarter of 2022, but down from 5pc in the third quarter of 2021.

Compared with MGO, LNG emits 14pc less CO2 from combustion, according to a 2021 study by the independent, nonprofit organization international council on clean transportation (ICCT). Starting next year, ship owners traveling EU territorial waters will have to pay for 40pc of their emissions from combustion. EU-traded CO2 was assessed at $95/t average on 1-24 July, which would amount to about $17/t in CO2 cost savings for vessels burning LNG instead of MGO.

Europe faces less severe natural gas supply security risks in the run-up to winter 2023-24 than it did ahead of the previous winter. Countries have succeeded in rebuilding stocks and the EU can count on much larger, and growing, LNG import capacity. But Russian pipeline deliveries to Europe are a fraction of what they were before the onset of the war in Ukraine, so supply could still be tight if gas demand rebounds. Thus it is unclear if LNG prices would remain below fuel oil's this winter.

By Stefka Wechsler

 

Photo credit and source: Argus Media
Published: 28 July, 2023

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.

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Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.

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Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.

 

Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.

 

Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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