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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (30 Nov 2023)

Slow demand in several Americas ports; fog season hits US Gulf Coast bunkering; prompt availability tight in Santos.

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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:

  • Slow demand in several Americas ports
  • Fog season hits US Gulf Coast bunkering
  • Prompt availability tight in Santos

North America

Demand for all grades has mostly dropped across major bunkering ports in the Americas. But Houston has seen a jump in enquiries for all grades this week. While prompt VLSFO and LSMGO availability was reported tight at the beginning of this week, it returned to normal levels in the port as the week progressed. Lead times of 3-4 days are recommended for both grades. One supplier can offer HSFO stems with 4-5 days of lead time.

Prompt supply of VLSFO and LSMGO is normal in Bolivar Roads. Several suppliers can deliver both grades with 2-5 days of lead times. Similarly, the availability of fuel grades in Beaumont has been good this week.

Bunkering was suspended in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) and off Corpus Christi in the US Gulf Coast on Thursday due to strong gale-force wind gusts of up 47 knots in the region. Calmer weather is forecast from Friday evening, which could allow bunkering to resume.

A moderate to high risk of fog and reduced visibility is forecast around Corpus Christi, Lake Charles, Port Arthur, Galveston and Freeport from Thursday, which could delay vessel traffic around the region and through the Houston Ship Channel until Sunday, Norton Lilly says.

The channel is a key waterway for vessels going in and out of ports in the Houston area, including Galveston, Baytown and Texas City.

Similarly, a high risk of fog and reduced visibility is also forecast at the New Orleans Outer Anchorage (NOLA). A supplier said they can deliver VLSFO and HSFO stems within three days of lead time if the weather permits.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is good in the West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Several suppliers can deliver both grades with 5-7 days of lead times. However, demand has been extremely low in both ports this week.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is said to be normal in the East Coast port of New York. Securing HSFO in the port can be difficult for prompt dates. One supplier is unable to offer fuel grades for both prompt and non-prompt dates in New York.

Caribbean and Latin America

The ongoing drought in Panama has led to increased transit delays through the channel, impacting the demand for bunkers in the region. As a result, many shipowners are opting to lift bunkers at alternative ports in the Caribbean region due to the delays in the Panama Canal.

Despite the slowdown in vessel traffic, some suppliers are offering stems with lead times of 5-7 days in the Panamanian ports of Balboa and Cristobal.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is good for prompt dates off Trinidad and in Jamaica’s Kingston.

Bunker operations have been running smoothly in Argentina’s Zona Comun anchorage so far this week. Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is normal in Zona Comun. Overall, bunker demand has been muted at the anchorage this week.

Strong winds of up to 31 knots are forecast to hit the region on Friday, which could disrupt bunkering at the anchorage.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO availability is tight in Brazil’s biggest port – Santos. Lead times can stretch out to the second week of December, a trader says. Bunker fuel availability appears to be normal in other Brazilian ports like Rio Grande, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

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Published: 1 December, 2023

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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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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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Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.7% in May 2024

4.83 million mt of various marine fuel grades were delivered at the world’s largest bunkering port in May, up from 4.53 million mt recorded during May 2023, according to MPA data.

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Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.7% in May 2024

Sales of bunker fuel at Singapore port increased by 6.7% on year during May 2024, according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) data.

In total, 4.83 million metric tonnes (mt) (exact 4,826,837 mt) of various marine fuel grades were delivered at the world’s largest bunkering port in May, up from 4.53 million mt (4,525,330 mt) recorded during May 2023.

Deliveries of marine fuel oil, low sulphur fuel oil, ultra low sulphur fuel oil, marine gas oil and marine diesel oil in May (against on year) recorded respectively 1.74 million mt (+20% from 1.45 million mt), 2.64 million mt (-2.2% from 2.70 million mt), zero (from zero), 14,300 mt (-48% from 27,500 mt) and zero (from zero).

Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.7% in May 2024

Bio-blended variants of marine fuel oil, low sulphur fuel oil, ultra low sulphur fuel oil, marine gas oil and marine diesel oil in May (against on year) recorded respectively 5,300 (-98.9% from 500), 48,400 mt (+39.9% from 34,600 mt), zero (from zero), zero (from zero) and 300 (from zero).

LNG and methanol sales were posted respectively at 48,800 mt (+587% from 7,100) and 1,626 (from zero).

The methanol sales for May 2024 was contributed by Singapore’s first simultaneous methanol bunkering and cargo operation (SIMOPS) when close to 300 mt was bunkered and another bunkering operation involving about 1,340 mt of methanol. 

Related: Singapore reaches new milestone with methanol bunkering op of “Stena Prosperous”
Related: First SIMOPS methanol bunkering operation completed in Singapore

Articles on Singapore bunker volumes for 2024:

Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales down by 0.6% on year in April 2024
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.4% on year in March 2024
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales up by 18.8% on year in February 2024
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales up by 12.1% on year in January 2024

A complete series of articles on Singapore bunker volumes by Manifold Times in 2023 can be found below:

Related: Singapore achieves milestone with record year for bunker sales in 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales fell 2.5% on year in November 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 3.5% on year in October 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 7.7% on year in September 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 3.4% on year in August 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 9.7% on year in July 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue to increase by 4.7% on year in June 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 11.8% on year in May 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 13.4% on year in April
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 10.8% on year in March
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, up 8.3% on year in February
Related: Singapore’s bunker sales kickstarts well with 8.6% increase on year in January 

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 18 June 2024

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