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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

01 Jul 2022

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:

30 June 2022

  • Several suppliers offer prompt products in Houston
  • HSFO remains limited in Los Angeles
  • VLSFO availability is tight in Colombian ports


North America

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO are available with several suppliers in the Houston area. A supplier that typically has tighter availability has resumed offers for prompt deliveries, sources say.

Securing VLSFO for prompt dates in New York is mostly tight. Only few suppliers can offer the grade for prompt deliveries. A supplier is avoiding offers for smaller stem sizes, sources say.

A supplier is running low on LSMGO stock in New York adding pressure on others’ supply, while has better stocks of VLSFO and HSFO.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability are tight for prompt dates in San Francisco. A supplier requires 6-7 days of lead time to supply vessel at anchorage.  

HSFO supply continues to be limited in Los Angeles and other West Coast ports. VLSFO and LSMGO availability are tight for prompt dates in Los Angeles. A supplier is not accepting standalone LSMGO orders, but rather in combinations with other grades, sources say.

VLSFO availability is tight in Philadelphia for prompt dates. A supplier is running low on stock adding pressure on others’ supply.

Bunker suppliers in Canada will observe a public holiday on 1 July. The earliest bunker delivery dates with a supplier in Montreal is seven days out.

VLSFO availability is tight in Mexico’s Veracruz. A supplier has paused offers for the grade.


Latin America

Prompt availability remains tight for all grades in Panama. A supplier can offer VLSFO and LSMGO in Balboa with lead times of 5-6 days. Another supplier’s earliest estimated delivery date is five days out for VLSFO, while has no LSMGO stock.  

One supplier has tight barge availability in Balboa and can supply the grade via pipeline at Rodman port.

Prompt availability is tight in Zona Comun, several suppliers have limited delivery slots for early July dates, but a supplier can offer VLSFO and LSMGO from 5 July onwards.

Bunker fuel availability is normal in Bahia Blanca. Recommended lead times for VLSFO and LSMGO are around five days. A supplier can offer limited quantities for prompt dates, sources say.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability are tight in Colombia’s Santa Marta and Cartagena. VLSFO in particular is tighter as several suppliers are almost out of stock, sources say. One supplier can offer limited LSMGO quantities for prompt dates.

VLSFO is typically sourced from local refinery in Colombia and the refiner is unable to match production with demand, a trader says.


Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 1 July, 2022

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