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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (14 Dec 2023)

Prompt availability tight in Houston; demand low in Panama; rough weather disrupts USGC and Zona Comun bunkering.

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The following article regarding bunker fuel availability in the Americas region has been provided by online marine fuel procurement platform ENGINE for post on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times:

  • Prompt availability tight in Houston
  • Demand low in Panama
  • Rough weather disrupts USGC and Zona Comun bunkering

North America

Houston's demand for bunker fuel has been good this week. Availability of both VLSFO and LSMGO has gotten tighter, and some suppliers can only deliver them with a lead time of seven days. Prompt HSFO supply is also tight and lead times of 8-9 days are recommended for the grade.

Prompt supply of VLSFO and LSMGO is typical in Bolivar Roads. Multiple suppliers can deliver both fuel grades with 2–5-day lead times.

Bunkering was suspended in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) and off Corpus Christi on the US Gulf Coast on Wednesday due to strong gale-force wind gusts of up to 46 knots in the region. Calmer weather is forecast from Sunday evening, which could allow bunkering to resume.

Securing prompt stems in GOLA is extremely difficult amid the ongoing weather disruptions.

Securing prompt VLSFO and LSMGO stems is possible at the New Orleans Outer Anchorage (NOLA). Several suppliers are able to offer both fuel grades with a lead time of 3-5 days. Overall bunker demand has slowed down this week at the anchorage.

Demand has been low for all grades in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, as it has been for the past two weeks. Despite low demand, all grades remain extremely tight for prompt delivery dates in the West Coast ports.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO has been good in the East Coast port of New York. Both grades can be secured within 3-4 days of lead time, as demand has slowed down in the port this week.

Caribbean and Latin America

Demand for all fuel grades has been low in Panama’s ports of Balboa and Cristobal in the past week amid the ongoing drought-triggered restrictions. Availability has been very good for VLSFO and LSMGO, and most suppliers are able to offer stems within 3-4 days in Balboa. HSFO can be secured with a lead time of about seven days.

VLSFO and LSMGO delivery is possible for prompt dates off Trinidad, but these offers are generally quoted on a subject to enquiry basis, a source says.

Bunker deliveries are suspended in the Bahamas’ Freeport as well due to strong wind gusts of up to 43 knots. The weather is expected to remain rough throughout the week.

Bunker operations have been suspended in Argentina's Zona Comun anchorage since Monday due to strong wind gusts. Rough weather conditions are forecast until Friday, which could keep bunkering suspended there.

Availability of both VLSFO and LSMGO has been tight in Zona Comun this week.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO availability is good in most Brazilian ports.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 15 December, 2023

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (20 June 2024)

Bunker report panellists include Island Oil Limited, Cockett Marine Oil Pte, Monjasa A/S and KPI OceanConnect.

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (20 June 2024)

The following bunker report has been provided by freight market information provider Baltic Exchange for post on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times:

Note:

All values are in US$/metric ton, all-in (invoice price), delivered on board
Delivery in 7-10 days
ISO 8217:2010
IFO 380 3.5% Sulphur
IFO 380 0.5% Sulphur
DMA 0.1% Sulphur

Rotterdam – Waalhaven – Maasvlakte range
Houston – Houston Harbor
Singapore – Anchorage, under SBA Scheme
Fujairah – Offshore Anchorage Area

Submitted weekly at Close of Business UK time, on Tuesday & Thursdays

Panellists:
Island Oil Limited, Cockett Marine Oil Pte, Monjasa A/S, KPI OceanConnect

 

Photo credit and source: Baltic Exchange
Published: 21 June, 2024

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ENGINE: Europe & Africa Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (19 June 2024)

Prompt availability tight off Skaw; bunker supply improves in Gibraltar; HSFO is tight in Nacala.

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RESIZED ENGINE Europe and Africa

The following article regarding Europe and Africa bunker fuel availability has been provided by online marine fuel procurement platform ENGINE for post on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times:

  • Prompt availability tight off Skaw
  • Bunker supply improves in Gibraltar
  • HSFO is tight in Nacala

Northwest Europe

Availability is normal in Rotterdam and in the wider ARA hub. Lead times have largely remained unchanged in recent weeks. A trader advises lead times of 3-5 days for optimal coverage across all grades.

The ARA’s independently held fuel oil stocks have held steady this month compared to May, according to Insights Global data.

The region has imported 215,000 b/d of fuel oil so far this month, down from 252,000 b/d of fuel oil imported in May, according to data from cargo tracker Vortexa. The ARA imported low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) and HSFO in a 54/46 ratio in May, but coming into June, the ratio has tilted more towards HSFO and changed to 49/51.

Lithuania has been the ARA’s top fuel import source this month, accounting for 21% of the region’s total imports. France has come second at 20%, and the UK has ranked third at 14% of the total imports. Other fuel oil import sources include Spain (10%), Sweden (9%) and Estonia (8%).

The ARA hub’s independent gasoil inventories — which include diesel and heating oil — have declined by 2% in June so far. 

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges authority announced that clean-up operations near the Deurganck dock were completed on Tuesday. Quay walls are now fully available, and the selective navigation ban has been lifted, the port authority stated in its latest update.

The oil spill incident occurred during a bunker operation on 6 June and a selective ban on navigation was imposed after this incident. Bunkering, however, remained unaffected.

In the French ports of Saint-Nazaire and Montoir, dock workers continue industrial action and strikes. Another strike action is scheduled for Thursday and is set to continue intermittently until 28 June in both ports. The strikes could impact bunkering in these ports, with suppliers unlikely to offer on the days when the strike action takes place, a trader told ENGINE. 

Bunker fuel availability is good in the German port of Hamburg, a trader said. Lead times are unchanged from the last few weeks, with 3-5 days advised for all three grades in the port.

Securing stems for prompt dates remains a challenge off Skaw, with most suppliers only able to offer non-prompt dates across all grades. A trader advises lead times of 7-10 days for all three grades. Adverse weather is forecast off Skaw on Thursday and Friday, which may trigger bunkering disruptions in the port.

Mediterranean

Supply tightness in Gibraltar has eased since last week, a trader told ENGINE. Prompt availability of all grades was tight in the port last week, with 8-10 days recommended for VLSFO and 5-7 days for both HSFO and LSMGO. Lead times have now come down to 3-5 days for all grades.

Availability is normal in the port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Lead times of 4-6 days are advised for all grades, a trader said. The port is likely to experience adverse weather conditions intermittently from Wednesday to Tuesday next week. This may impact bunkering in the region.

Demand has increased slightly in other Mediterranean ports like Piraeus, Malta Offshore and Istanbul, a trader said. These ports had witnessed subdued demand in the last few weeks.

Bunker availability is good in the Greek port of Piraeus, according to a trader. Lead times are unchanged from last week, with 3-4 days still advised across all grades. Rough weather may impact bunkering in the port between Wednesday and Saturday.

Malta Offshore also has good availability for all bunker grades. A trader advises lead times of 3-4 days for all three grades in the port. Bad weather is forecast in the area on Thursday and Friday, which may hamper bunkering.

In the Turkish port of Istanbul, bunkering has been put on hold due to Eid-al-Adha holidays declared until Thursday, according to traders. Availability is good for all grades in the port.

Southbound vessel traffic in the Dardanelles was suspended on Wednesday morning, with resumption planned later that afternoon, according to GAC Hot Port News. The traffic suspension comes amid a forest fire near the city of Canakkale on Tuesday, with efforts being made to extinguish the fire.

Africa

VLSFO availability is slightly tight for prompt delivery dates in the South African ports of Durban and Richards Bay, a trader said. Lead times of 7-10 days are advised in both ports, according to a trader.

Prompt LSMGO supply is tight in Durban. Wind gusts of 24 knots are forecast to hit the region on Friday and may impact bunkering in the port.

In Mozambique’s port of Nacala, HSFO availability remains tight amid steady demand, a source said.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is good in Mozambique’s Maputo port and demand is stable for both grades.

By Manjula Nair

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 20 June 2024

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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (18 June 2024)

HSFO availability tight in Zhoushan; VLSFO and LSMGO availability good across several Chinese ports; several East Asian ports could face weather disruptions.

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RESIZED ENGINE East of Suez

The following article regarding regional bunker fuel availability outlook for the East of Suez region has been provided by online marine fuels procurement platform ENGINE for publication on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times:

  • HSFO availability tight in Zhoushan
  • VLSFO and LSMGO availability good across several Chinese ports
  • Several East Asian ports could face weather disruptions

Singapore and Southeast Asia

Lead times for VLSFO in Singapore have fluctuated lately, with most suppliers now indicating up to 17 days. However, some can accommodate stems within seven days. This reflects tightness compared to the previous week, when traders suggested lead times ranging between 2-11 days.

HSFO supply in the port remains limited, with recommended lead times of 11-14 days, virtually unchanged from last week. For LSMGO, lead times vary between 3-7 days.

Singapore’s residual fuel oil stocks have averaged 5% higher so far this month compared to May, according to Enterprise Singapore’s latest data. Despite a significant 43% decline in the port's net fuel imports this month, fuel oil stocks have risen above 19 million bbls. Fuel oil imports have fallen by 1.66 million bbls this month, while fuel oil exports have increased by a modest 30,000 bbls. In contrast, Singapore’s middle distillate stocks have averaged 7% lower this month.

In Malaysia’s Port Klang, both VLSFO and LSMGO grades are in ample supply, with some suppliers able to provide prompt deliveries for smaller parcel sizes. HSFO availability remains constrained due to limited product availability.

In the Indonesian ports of Jakarta and Surabaya, VLSFO and LSMGO availability remains good. Additionally, the port of Balikpapan has ample VLSFO supply, with recommended lead times of around four days.

East Asia

VLSFO and LSMGO supply in Zhoushan remains strong, with most suppliers maintaining lead times of 3-5 days, unchanged from last week. HSFO availability has tightened in Zhoushan, with most suppliers running low on HSFO stocks. The high-sulphur grade's lead times may differ across suppliers and are subject to firm enquiry, compared to lead times of 7-10 days last week. Some suppliers expect replenishment stocks to arrive early next month.

In Northern China, both VLSFO and LSMGO grades are available at Dalian port. Similarly, these grades are readily available in Qingdao and Tianjin, although HSFO supply is limited in these ports. In Shanghai, VLSFO and LSMGO availability remains good, while HSFO supply is scarce. In Fuzhou and Xiamen, VLSFO and LSMGO grades are readily available. Conversely, in Guangzhou and Yangpu, prompt availability of both low sulphur fuel grades is restricted.

In the Taiwanese ports of Hualien, Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Keelung, both VLSFO and LSMGO grades remain readily available, with short lead times of 2-4 days, consistent with last week.

All grades remain in ample supply in Hong Kong, with recommended lead times of around seven days.

All bunker fuel grades are available in South Korean ports, with most suppliers recommending lead times of 3-9 days. Strong winds and high waves could potentially affect bunker operations at the South Korean ports of Ulsan, Onsan, Busan, Daesan, Taean, and Yeosu on Friday and Saturday.

In Japan, varying lead times are advised across key ports. Suppliers in Tokyo, Chiba, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, and Yokkaichi recommend approximately 8-10 days of lead times, with longer lead times of 12-20 days in Mizushima and Oita.

The ports of Ho Chi Minh and Leam Chabang in Vietnam are bracing for inclement weather, which is expected to create difficult bunkering conditions intermittently during this week. Similarly, the Thai ports of Koh Sichang and Leam Chabang expect adverse weather from 21-24 June, potentially impacting bunker operations in these regions.

Oceania

In Western Australia, VLSFO and LSMGO are available in the ports of Kwinana, Fremantle, and Kembla, with typical lead times of 7-8 days. In New South Wales, Sydney has readily available LSMGO, while HSFO is mostly available upon inquiry. In Victoria, both Melbourne and Geelong offer good availability of VLSFO and LSMGO, though prompt HSFO supply can be limited. In Queensland, Brisbane and Gladstone maintain sufficient stocks of VLSFO and LSMGO, with lead times of 7-8 days, but HSFO availability is constrained in Brisbane.

In New Zealand, Tauranga and Auckland have ample VLSFO supply, and LSMGO supply is decent in Auckland. However, adverse weather conditions throughout this week may impact bunker operations.

South Asia

In several Indian ports, including Kandla, Tuticorin, Chennai, Cochin, Visakhapatnam, and Haldia, VLSFO and LSMGO availability has been restricted due to supply shortages.

Adverse weather conditions are intermittently predicted throughout the week in the ports of Sikka, Kandla, Cochin, and Visakhapatnam, potentially disrupting bunker operations in these locations.

Additionally, bad weather is forecast in the Sri Lankan port of Colombo over the weekend, which may impact bunker deliveries.

Middle East

In the UAE ports of Fujairah and Khor Fakkan, prompt availability of all grades is limited, with most suppliers requiring lead times of 5-7 days.

In Saudi Arabia's Jeddah port, VLSFO and LSMGO supply is ample. VLSFO supply is tight in nearby Djibouti, while LSMGO is more readily available there.

In Iraq's Basrah, both VLSFO and LSMGO are readily available, but both grades are tight in Ras Laffan, Qatar.

LSMGO is readily available in the Omani ports of Sohar, Salalah, Muscat, and Duqm.

By Tuhin Roy

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 19 June 2024

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