Connect with us

Business

ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Prompt stems generally available in the region; supply tight in Panama, especially gasoil; Santos VLSFO back to discounts amid good availability.

Admin

Published

on

Resized Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook image for Manifold Times

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:

21 July 2022

  • Prompt stems generally available in the region
  • Supply tight in Panama, especially gasoil
  • Santos VLSFO back to discounts amid good availability

 

North America

Prompt HSFO deliveries are available with several suppliers in the Houston area, although one supplier has reportedly been unable to accommodate a prompt stem.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO grades are readily available in the Houston area and in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA). LSMGO can be delivered in three days with a supplier, VLSFO in just one day.

Smaller stem sizes are typically priced more competitively than larger ones in Houston, but this can vary from stem to stem.

Availability of prompt product can be slightly tighter in New Orleans, where a supplier can offer VLSFO and LSMGO with five days of lead time, while another’s earliest delivery dates are 7-8 days out. But it varies between suppliers. One supplier can deliver within a day in the port.

Availability is mixed in the US Gulf Coast port of Pascagoula. One supplier has no LSMGO availability for dates 4-5 days out, while another supplier can accommodate.

 

Caribbean and Latin America

Bunker availability continues to be under pressure in Panama and Trinidad, especially for LSMGO. Balboa’s LSMGO price has shot up to big premiums of $120-130/mt over Houston in the past two days.

The earliest delivery dates for LSMGO and HSFO in Balboa vary between 12 days with one supplier and 8-10 days with another.

A supplier in Panama can deliver LSMGO and VLSFO with six days of lead time in Balboa, but has more constrained availability in Cristobal for those dates, and bunker schedules are overall busy for the remaining dates of the month across both sides of the Panama Canal.

VLSFO is in limited supply well into the first half of August with a supplier in Cristobal. Availability is slightly better in Balboa, but is still under pressure for prompt dates with certain suppliers.

VLSFO and LSMGO deliveries are available with a supplier off Trinidad with 4-5 days of lead time, while another supplier can only deliver VLSFO on prompt dates.

The grades are also available with roughly four days of lead time off Aruba.

Prompt availability of VLSFO, LSMGO and HSFO is normal in St. Eustatius, where a supplier can accommodate stems with 4-5 days of lead time. Cruise ships will take priority in the bunker line-up when they arrive, however.

Suppliers in both Santos and Zona Comun have good VLSFO availability for dates towards the end of the month, but the Brazilian port has been pricing the grade more competitively to Zona Comun.

Zona Comun’s VLSFO benchmark flipped to a premium over Santos on Thursday for the first time in over a week. It had previously been at sustained discounts to both Santos and other Brazilian ports.

Most suppliers in Uruguay’s Montevideo can accommodate VLSFO and LSMGO deliveries on dates towards the end of the month, but prices remain elevated against Argentina’s nearby Zona Comun anchorage.

Montevideo prices VLSFO around $130/mt higher than in Zona Comun, and LSMGO over $300/mt higher.

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 21 July, 2022

Continue Reading

Fuel Testing

Singapore: CTI-Maritec shares testing protocols ahead of mandatory enhanced bunker fuel checks

In light of mandatory enhanced checks for marine fuel delivered at Singapore port coming into effect on 1 June, CTI-Maritec shares recommendations for fuel testing protocols, primarily focused at COCs and SAN detection for bunker supply in Singapore.

Admin

Published

on

By

Louis Reed from Unsplash

With mandatory enhanced checks for marine fuel delivered at Singapore port coming into effect on 1 June, bunker fuel testing and marine surveying business Maritec Pte Ltd (CTI-Maritec) has published a newsletter providing recommendations on vital pre-emptive fuel testing measures vessels should be taking as part of their routine fuel testing and also recommendations on optimal testing options available when deep-dive analysis is required to determine a root cause: 

Introduction

On 8 February 2024 the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) issued a Port Marine Circular No 3 of 2024 regarding the implementation of enhanced testing parameters for marine fuel batches intended to be delivered as bunkers in the Port of Singapore in addition to the existing quality assurance measures.

In accordance with the MPA’s Port Marine Circular No 3 of 2024, from 1 June 2024 onwards, bunker suppliers in the Port of Singapore must ensure that:

  • Residual & Bio-residual bunker fuel do not contain Chlorinated Organic Compounds (COC) above 50mg/kg and are free from inorganic acids.
  • COC must be tested using the EN 14077 accredited test method and shall be reported in the “Certificate of Quality” (COQ) provided to receiving vessels.
  • Inorganic acids must use the ASTM D664 accredited test method as prescribed in ISO 8217 and the Strong Acid Number (SAN) (in addition to the Total Acid Number (TAN) shall be reported in the COQ (i.e. SAN = 0) provided to receiving vessels. For distillate / bio-distillate bunker marine fuel batches, SAN must be tested as per ASTM D664 test method and reported in the COQ.
  • Residual marine fuels are free from polystyrene, polypropylene & polymethacrylate. These can be tested by filtration, microscopic examination, & Fourier-Transform Infrared spectroscopy analysis.

Testing Recommendations in line with MPA Enhanced Parameters to Protect Your Vessels:

In view of the above, CTI-Maritec recommends fuel testing protocols as depicted in the chart below (as routine pre-emptive measures and/or for deep dive requirements to detect the root cause) to help safeguard vessel health.

Our recommendations are primarily focused at COCs and SAN detection for bunker supply in Singapore, while recommendations for testing Polymers are advised for requirements of reported problem cases or when highly abnormal GCMS findings of chemical compounds like Styrene, DCPD and Indene are detected.

COC & SAN GCMS testing Packages A to E

Related: Singapore: CTI-Maritec publishes whitepaper on upcoming mandatory enhanced bunker fuel tests
Related: Singapore: Marine fuel quality testing agencies applaud move for mandatory enhanced bunker fuel tests
Related: Singapore: MPA tightens testing parameters to reduce contaminated bunker fuels
Related: MPA: Glencore and PetroChina supplied contaminated bunkers to about 200 ships in the Port of Singapore

 

Photo credit: Louis Reed from Unsplash
Published: 29 May 2024

Continue Reading

Methanol

VPS conducts assessment on first SIMOPS methanol bunkering op in Singapore

Firm was appointed by OCI Methanol Europe to conduct a quantity and quality assessment of a methanol bunker fuel delivery to “Eco Maestro” in Singapore.

Admin

Published

on

By

VPS conducts assessment on first SIMOPS methanol bunkering op in Singapore

Marine fuels testing company VPS on Tuesday (28 May) said it was appointed by OCI Methanol Europe, part of the OCI Global Group, to conduct a quantity and quality assessment of a methanol fuel delivery to Eco Maestro in Singapore.

Captain Rahul Choudhuri, President Strategic Partnerships, VPS, said VPS survey experts Rafael Theseira and Muhd Nazmi Abdul Rahim were at hand during the methanol bunkering to ensure the 300 metric tonnes of methanol transfer was carried out smoothly, having been involved in the first methanol bunkering a year ago. 

Manifold Times recently reported X-Press Feeders, Global Energy Trading Pte Ltd (GET), and PSA Singapore (PSA) successfully completing the first simultaneous methanol bunkering and cargo operation (SIMOPS) in Singapore.

A X-Press Feeder container vessel, Eco Maestro, on its maiden voyage from Asia to Europe was successfully refuelled with close to 300 mt of bio-methanol by GET, a MPA licensed bunker supplier, using MT KARA

The ISCC-certified bio-methanol used for the SIMOPS was produced by green methanol producer OCI Global and supplied via GET, a ISCC-certified supplier.

Captain Choudhuri said the role of the marine, petroleum or bunker surveyor has evolved over the years in shipping and maritime affairs, but the principles have not - and that is to provide independent assessment of the quality and quantity of the product transfer. 

“This may seem obvious but this quality and quantity control is crucial to avoid commercial discrepancies, shortages or fraud,” he said.

“Safety training is critical and we have been on top of this having completed the required MPA fire-fighting course and the IBIA Methanol training course. We will work more with the Singapore Maritime Academy for trainings in future,” he added.

In August last year, Singapore-headquartered independent common carrier X-Press Feeders launched its first ever dual-fuel vessel Eco Maestro in China.

Manifold Times previously reported VPS stating it was the first company to complete a methanol bunker quantity survey (BQS) operation in Singapore on 27 July last year.

VPS was appointed by Maersk and Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd, to undertake the very first bunker quantity survey (BQS) of a methanol fuel delivery, supplied by Hong Lam to the Maersk vessel on its maiden voyage to Europe. 

Related: First SIMOPS methanol bunkering operation completed in Singapore
Related: VPS completes quantity survey on Singapore’s first methanol bunkering op
Related: Singapore bunkering sector enters milestone with first methanol marine refuelling op
Related: X-Press Feeders launches its first methanol dual-fuel vessel “Eco Maestro” in China

 

Photo credit: VPS
Published: 29 May 2024

Continue Reading

LNG Bunkering

Gasum and Equinor ink continuation of long-term LNG bunkering agreement

Agreement builds on the success of the previous contract Gasum has had with Equinor; Gasum’s bunker vessels “Coralius”, “Kairos” and “Coral Energy” will be used for the bunkering operations.

Admin

Published

on

By

Gasum and Equinor ink continuation of long-term LNG bunkering agreement

Nordic liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supplier Gasum on Tuesday (28 May) said it signed a long-term contract with Norway-based global energy company Equinor whereby Gasum continues to supply LNG to Equinor’s dual-fuel chartered fleet of vessels. 

The agreement builds on the success of the previous contract Gasum has had with Equinor. Gasum’s bunker vessels Coralius, Kairos and Coral Energy will be used for the bunkering operations.

The agreement also includes additional support services such as cooling down and gassing up, which has also been a part of Gasum’s previous collaboration with Equinor. 

Gasum has organised three separate LNG cool down operations for Equinor in Skagen so far this year.

Both Gasum and Equinor have committed to sustainability goals to enable a cleaner energy future. Equinor’s ambition is to become a net-zero emissions energy company by 2050.

Using LNG in maritime transport means complete removal of sulfur oxides (SOx) and particles, and reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions of up to 85 percent as well as a reduction in CO2 emissions by at least 20%. LNG is interchangeable with liquefied biogas (LBG/bio-LNG), which reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 90% compared to conventional fuel such as marine gasoil (MGO).

With LNG and bio-LNG the maritime industry can reduce emissions already today, instead of waiting for future solutions. Gasum’s strategic goal is to bring yearly seven terawatt hours (7 TWh) of renewable gas to market by 2027. Achieving this goal would mean combined carbon dioxide reduction of 1.8 million tons per year for Gasum’s customers.

Related: Equinor Energy AS extends LNG bunkering agreement with Gasum
Related: Gasum expands LNG bunkering business to ARA region through partnership with Equinor

 

Photo credit: Gasum
Published: 29 May 2024

Continue Reading
Advertisement
  • RE 05 Lighthouse GIF
  • EMF banner 400x330 slogan
  • SBF2
  • Consort advertisement v2
  • Aderco advert 400x330 1
  • v4Helmsman Gif Banner 01

OUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS

  • HL 2022 adv v1
  • 102Meth Logo GIF copy
  • Triton Bunkering advertisement v2
  • Singfar advertisement final


  • Cathay Marine Fuel Oil Trading logo
  • Auramarine 01
  • endress
  • Golden Island logo square
  • Central Star logo
  • E Marine logo
  • CNC Logo Rev Manifold Times
  • pro liquid
  • metcore
  • intrasea
  • 400x330 v2 copy
  • VPS 2021 advertisement
  • Headway Manifold
  • Advert Shipping Manifold resized1

Trending