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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (26 Oct 2023)

Weather still disrupts Zona Comun and GOLA bunkering; VLSFO and HSFO tight in Houston; strong demand in Panama ports.

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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:

  • Weather still disrupts Zona Comun and GOLA bunkering
  • VLSFO and HSFO tight in Houston
  • Strong demand in Panama ports

North America

Demand for bunker fuel in Houston has been good this week. VLSFO has become tighter as some suppliers are running low on stocks. The earliest estimated delivery dates for VLSFO range from 6-8 days. LSMGO is readily available for prompt delivery days in the port, with a recommended lead time of 3-5 days.  

HSFO has been in demand this week and become tighter. Several suppliers are unable to offer stems for delivery dates until the second week of November.

In Beaumont and Bolivar Roads, suppliers are able to deliver LSMGO and VLSFO stems with a shorter lead time of 3-5 days.

Bunker operations in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) have been suspended since Monday due to rough weather conditions. The situation is expected to persist until next week, potentially causing delays.

As a result, securing VLSFO and LSMGO deliveries for prompt dates in GOLA can be difficult. One supplier is reluctant to provide prompt stems as it is still working to clear last week's weather backlogs. The supplier cannot guarantee prompt delivery dates at this time.

Similarly, suppliers in Port Arthur and Corpus Christi have also been grappling with weather-related disruptions this week.

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.

Demand has been low for all grades in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and suppliers are mostly able to accommodate deliveries for prompt dates. LSMGO prices in Los Angeles and Long Beach have declined steeply with the tepid demand.

Demand for bunker fuel in Vancouver has been better for dates further out than for prompt dates, and availability is good with most suppliers.

Bunker fuel oil availability for prompt dates is normal in the East Coast port of New York. Most suppliers are able to deliver stems within 3-4 days.

Caribbean and Latin America

Demand for all fuel grades has strengthened in Panama’s ports of Balboa and Cristobal in the past week. Availability has been very good for VLSFO and LSMGO, and one supplier is able to offer stems immediately in Balboa. HSFO can be secured with a lead time of 4-7 days.

In Jamaica's Kingston, there has been more demand for VLSFO and LSMGO on delivery dates further out than for prompt ones. Most suppliers are able to deliver stems on enquired dates.

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.

Demand has been good for all grades in the Brazilian ports. Most suppliers can deliver VLSFO and LSMGO in Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande and Santos with advised lead times ranging between 3-7 days.

Bunker One resumed bunker operations in Brazil's port of Itaqui on Tuesday, after a licensing dispute with local authorities had triggered a two-week suspension of port operations.

Due to strong wind gusts, bunker operations have been suspended in Argentina's Zona Comun anchorage area since Monday. Calmer weather is forecast from Thursday onwards and could allow bunker operations to resume at the anchorage.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is still tight in Zona Comun, with more than seven days of lead times recommended.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

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Published: 27 October, 2023

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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (18 July 2024)

Low demand in Houston and other US Gulf Coast ports; bad weather could disrupt St. Eustatius bunkering; one bunker barge in Zona Comun remains offline.

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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:

  • Low demand in Houston and other US Gulf Coast ports
  • Bad weather could disrupt St. Eustatius bunkering
  • One bunker barge in Zona Comun remains offline

North America

Earlier this week, Houston and other US Gulf Coast ports removed all port restrictions, allowing barge traffic to move both ways, according to a source. Since many loaded tankers and bunker barges were unable to leave oil terminals last week due to draft restrictions, there was a significant backlog.

However, congestion subsided by Wednesday, and most suppliers were able to reload their barges.

Bunker demand has been low in Houston this week. Availability of all fuel grades has been normal for prompt supply in Houston. Several suppliers can deliver stems with lead times of 5-7 days.

Bunker demand has picked up again at the New Orleans Outer Anchorage (NOLA) this week. This uptick is due to VLSFO and LSMGO prices in NOLA dropping below those in Houston. Bunker fuel availability is good in NOLA, with several suppliers able to offer both fuel grades for prompt delivery dates.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO has been good for prompt dates in Bolivar Roads. Deliveries there are still subject to weather conditions and delivery schedules, a source says.

Bunkering was proceeding normally at the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) as of Thursday morning. Most suppliers are able to deliver VLSFO and LSMGO stems within 3-5 days of lead time.

Demand has been normal in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles this week. Availability of all grades is normal, with lead times of around 5-7 days.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is normal in the East Coast port of New York. HSFO requires a longer lead time of more than five days, a source said.

Caribbean and Latin America

Bunker fuel demand has been low in Panama's Balboa and Cristobal. VLSFO and LSMGO availability is also good in both locations, and several suppliers are able to supply all fuel grades with a lead time of 5-7 days

Bunker deliveries are expected to be disrupted in St. Eustatius later today due to strong wind gusts of up to 31 knots, which could intermittently disrupt bunker deliveries until Sunday.

VLSFO and LSMGO grades are readily available at Argentina’s Zona Comun anchorage. However, limited barge availability has continued to cause bunkering delays in Zona Comun. The bunker barge Gustavo U has been dry docked since 5 July due to periodic inspections and repairs. A source said the barge is now at the berth and is expected to be operational again later this week.

Bunker demand has remained low in the anchorage, a source says.

Bunker fuel demand has been mostly low in most of the Brazilian ports this week. VLSFO availability is good in most of the ports, according to most suppliers.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

 

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Published: 19 July, 2024

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ENGINE: Europe & Africa Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (17 July 2024)

HSFO is still tight in the ARA hub; demand is low in Las Palmas; low LSMGO demand in Maputo.

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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:

  • HSFO is still tight in the ARA hub
  • Demand is low in Las Palmas
  • Low LSMGO demand in Maputo

Northwest Europe

Prompt supply of HSFO has been tight in Rotterdam since last week, according to a trader. The availability of the high-sulphur grade is tight because of delays in the arrival of replenishment cargoes. Lead times of 5–7 days are recommended for HSFO deliveries in Rotterdam, unchanged from last week. VLSFO and LSMGO grades are available in the port for prompt delivery dates, with recommended lead times of 3–5 days.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is normal in the port, with some suppliers offering prompt delivery dates. Lead times have remained unchanged over the past few weeks, with a trader advising 3–5 days for optimal coverage from suppliers. Compared to last week, demand in the ARA hub has somewhat improved this week, a trader said.

The ARA’s independently held fuel oil stocks have averaged 9% lower coming into July than across June, according to Insights Global data.

The region has imported 182,000 b/d of fuel oil so far this month, down from 235,000 b/d of fuel oil imported in June, according to data from cargo tracker Vortexa. 17% of all imports into the ARA have come from the Caribbean region. Italy has accounted for 12% of the total imports this month, followed by France (11%) and Germany (9%).

The ARA hub’s independent gasoil inventories — which include diesel and heating oil — have declined by 3% coming into July. The region has imported 303,000 b/d of gasoil so far this month, a decline from 356,000 b/d imported in June, according to Vortexa data.

Bunker availability is good for prompt delivery dates in Hamburg, a trader told ENGINE. Lead times of 3–5 days are advised for optimal coverage in the port, which has remained consistent in the past few months.

Mediterranean

Bunker demand in Gibraltar has shown a slight increase from last week, yet it continues to be slow, a trader said. Availability is normal at the port, with prompt delivery dates available. A trader advised lead times of 3–5 days for optimal coverage from suppliers. 

In nearby Ceuta port, bunkering delays were reported at one of the terminals on Wednesday, with a bunker supplier reporting 4-5 hours of delay, said shipping agent Jose Salama & Co. The port has been witnessing bunker delays intermittently over the past two weeks. Dredging work is currently being carried out in the port, which is impacting bunker operations, the shipping agent told ENGINE. These dredging operations are aimed at increasing the vessel draft limits in certain areas of the port. Nine vessels were due to arrive for bunkers in Ceuta on Wednesday, up from three on Tuesday, the shipping agent added.

Bunker demand has been slow in the Canary Islands’ port of Las Palmas. All grades remain in normal supply in the port, with some suppliers offering grades for prompt delivery dates. Traders have advised lead times of 3–5 days for all bunker grades to ensure smooth coverage.

Demand has been low in other Mediterranean ports like Piraeus, Malta Offshore and Istanbul, a trader said.

In the Greek port of Piraeus, bunker availability across all grades is said to be normal amid low demand. A trader recommended lead times of 3–4 days for maximum coverage. The port area is expected to experience rough weather from Wednesday through Saturday, which could make bunkering more difficult.

Bunker fuel availability is normal across all grades off Malta, a trader told ENGINE. But demand remains muted in the Mediterranean port. Prompt delivery dates are available off Malta with a trader recommending lead times of 3–4 days for all grades. The weather is forecast to remain calm for the remaining days of this week to allow smooth bunkering.

Turkey’s Istanbul port has good availability across all three grades, with suppliers able to supply grades for prompt delivery dates. Lead times of 3–4 days are recommended across all grades, according to a trader. The port may experience bunkering disruptions between Wednesday and Saturday when rough weather is forecast in the area, according to a source.

Africa

LSMGO availability remains tight in South Africa’s Durban. Most suppliers can offer the grade for non-prompt delivery dates. Lead times of up to two weeks are recommended for the grade, which has remained unchanged in the past several weeks.

VLSFO is available for comparatively shorter lead times of 7–10 days in Durban and Richards Bay. Rough weather may impact bunkering in Durban on Friday, when strong wind gusts of up to 28 knots are forecast, according to a source.

In Mozambique’s Nacala, HSFO supply remains extremely tight, and demand for the grade has been low, a source told ENGINE. VLSFO and LSMGO availability is good amid steady demand.

Maputo currently has tight availability of both VLSFO and LSMGO. While demand is steady for VLSFO in Maputo, LSMGO is facing a slump in demand, a source said.

By Manjula Nair

 

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Published: 11 July 2024

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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (16 July 2024)

Bunkering disrupted in weather-exposed Zhoushan; bunker demand is low in South Korean ports; LSMGO supply good across Omani ports.

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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:

  • Bunkering disrupted in weather-exposed Zhoushan
  • Bunker demand is low in South Korean ports
  • LSMGO supply good across Omani ports

Singapore and Southeast Asia

In recent weeks, lead times for VLSFO have fluctuated significantly in Singapore, with most suppliers now suggesting up to 14 days. However, some suppliers can manage stems within five days. Last week, the recommended lead times were approximately 7–11 days for the grade.

The availability of prompt HSFO supply remains tight, with lead times ranging between 9-14 days, which is almost unchanged from the previous week. Meanwhile, lead times for LSMGO have remained stable at 3–7 days.

According to Enterprise Singapore, Singapore’s residual fuel oil stocks have averaged 11% lower so far this month than compared to June. The port’s fuel oil stocks have dropped below 18 million bbls because of a significant 31% decline in net fuel imports this month. Both imports and exports have decreased, with fuel oil imports falling by 1.28 million bbls, surpassing the 283,000-bbl drop in exports.

The port’s middle distillate stocks have also declined, averaging 8% lower this month.

In Malaysia's Port Klang, VLSFO and LSMGO grades are abundantly available. Some suppliers can offer VLSFO and LSMGO for prompt deliveries for smaller stem sizes, but HSFO supply is mostly limited.

In the Indonesian ports of Jakarta and Surabaya, VLSFO and LSMGO grades are readily available. Additionally, Balikpapan port has prompt VLSFO supply available.

East Asia

All grades are readily available in Zhoushan, with suppliers recommending lead times of 5-7 days. However, bunker deliveries at Zhoushan’s Tiaozhoumen and Xiazhimen outer anchorages have remained suspended since Friday due to rough weather. Most suppliers are unsure when operations will resume in these anchorages. Overall, demand has been low in Zhoushan.

In Northern China, VLSFO and LSMGO grades are easily accessible in Dalian, Qingdao, and Tianjin, although HSFO supply is limited in Qingdao and Tianjin. Shanghai has a good supply of VLSFO and LSMGO, but HSFO remains scarce. In Fuzhou and Xiamen, VLSFO and LSMGO grades are readily available, while prompt availability is restricted in Guangzhou and Yangpu.

Chinese refiners produced 1.29 million mt of VLSFO in June, slightly down from 1.31 million mt in May, market intelligence provider JLC reported.

In Taiwanese ports such as Hualien, Kaohsiung, and Keelung, VLSFO and LSMGO deliveries are available with lead times of 2-3 days, similar to last week. Suppliers in Taichung require slightly longer lead times of 4-5 days for both grades.

Hong Kong has an ample supply of all bunker fuel grades, with lead times of approximately 3-5 days.

In South Korean ports, the availability of all fuel grades remains good due to low bunker demand. Most suppliers are recommending lead times of approximately three days for VLSFO and LSMGO across the country. For HSFO, lead times of around 2-3 days are advised in western South Korean ports, while suppliers in southern ports require a slightly longer six days. This week, strong winds and high waves may intermittently affect bunker operations in the South Korean ports of Ulsan, Onsan, Busan, Daesan, Taean, and Yeosu.

In Japan, bunker demand remains low. Lead times differ across major ports, with 5-7 days needed in Tokyo, Chiba, Osaka, Kobe, and Mizushima, while longer periods of 12–13 days are required in Nagoya, Yokkaichi, and Oita.

Adverse weather conditions are expected throughout the week in the Thai port of Koh Sichang. Similarly, the Vietnamese port of Ho Chi Minh is anticipated to experience adverse weather from 18-22 July, which could potentially impact bunker deliveries.

Oceania

In Western Australia, VLSFO and LSMGO grades are available at ports including Kwinana, Fremantle, and Kembla, with typical lead times of 7-8 days. In New South Wales, LSMGO is readily available in Sydney, while prompt HSFO supply depends on the enquiry.

Victoria's ports of Melbourne and Geelong have good availability of VLSFO and LSMGO, though prompt HSFO deliveries can be challenging. In Queensland, Brisbane and Gladstone have ample stocks of VLSFO and LSMGO, with lead times around 7-8 days, but HSFO availability is limited in Brisbane.

In New Zealand, Tauranga and Auckland have ample VLSFO supply, with Auckland also having good LSMGO availability. However, Tauranga is expected to experience rough weather conditions over the weekend, which may impact bunker operations.

South Asia

In several Indian ports, including Kandla, Tuticorin, Chennai, Cochin, Visakhapatnam, and Haldia, the availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is currently limited.

Mumbai, Kandla, Sikka, Cochin, and Visakhapatnam are expected to encounter intermittent rough weather conditions this week, potentially disrupting bunker operations.

Similarly, the Sri Lankan port of Colombo is forecast to experience intermittent rough weather, which may impact bunker deliveries.

Middle East

In Fujairah, prompt availability of all grades has tightened, with most suppliers now requiring lead times of 7–10 days, up from 5-7 days last week.

Similarly, in the UAE port of Khor Fakkan, prompt availability of all grades is tight, with recommended lead times of 7-10 days.

In Saudi Arabia's Jeddah port, there is an ample supply of VLSFO and LSMGO. In Djibouti, some suppliers are experiencing shortages of VLSFO, while LSMGO remains unaffected.

In Iraq’s Basrah, there is good availability of VLSFO and LSMGO, whereas Qatar’s Ras Laffan is nearly depleted of both low-sulphur fuel grades.

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

By Tuhin Roy

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 17 July, 2024

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