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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Bunkering resumes across Florida following Hurricane Ian; Houston prices recover from multi-month lows; high winds trigger suspension in Zona Comun.

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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:

6 October 2022

By Nithin Chandran

  • Bunkering resumes across Florida following Hurricane Ian
  • Houston prices recover from multi-month lows
  • High winds trigger suspension in Zona Comun

North America

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO grades are readily available in the Houston area, New York and off the US Gulf Coast. Houston's VLSFO and HSFO benchmarks fell to multi-month lows last week, but have recovered some of these losses mainly due to Brent’s rebound.

Houston’s HSFO price fell to rare discounts to Rotterdam’s in rent days, before flipping back to a small premium now. Its HSFO availability has held up better than Rotterdam’s, where prompt supply can be hard to find.

Houston's bunker fuel availability has remained normal in recent weeks, compared to other bunker hubs where lead times can be more unpredictable.

Prompt LSMGO can be tight in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA). The earliest delivery dates with two suppliers are about 4-5 days ahead. One supplier expects LSMGO resupply this week, which should ease some pressure.

Port operations and bunkering resumed in Florida’s Port Tampa Bay last weekend, following Hurricane Ian that hit the port last Wednesday. Several suppliers have resumed offering deliveries for prompt dates and for dates further out in Port Tampa Bay. But bunker deliveries by truck have been difficult to find this week as some trucks have been deployed for disaster relief work after Hurricane Ian struck, sources say.

Supply remains tight across all fuel grades in US West Coast ports. Some suppliers in Long Beach and Los Angeles are fully booked for prompt dates. A lead time of at least 10 days is generally recommended to ensure timely deliveries.

VLSFO supply for prompt dates in San Francisco is tight. The earliest delivery date with a supplier is 6-8 days out, another can offer deliveries from 20 October.

Availability remains steady across all grades in Mexico’s Manzanillo. Recommended lead times for HSFO, VLSFO and LSMGO are about five days out.

Caribbean and Latin America

All grades are tight for prompt dates in Panama’s Cristobal. The earliest delivery dates with two suppliers are about 8-9 days for VLSFO and LSMGO. Several suppliers have insisted that deliveries should instead be made in Balboa, where prompt VLSFO and LSMGO grades are slightly easier to find, sources say.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is tight for prompt dates off Trinidad. The earliest delivery date with two suppliers is about 6-7 days out. Another can offer LSMGO only.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is normal in Colombia’s Santa Marta. The earliest delivery date with a supplier there is about three days out.

VLSFO supply is normal in Brazil’s Rio Grande. A supplier can offer deliveries for prompt dates, sources say.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO is tight at the Zona Comun anchorage in Argentina. Recommended lead times are about 7-8 days. Bunker operations were suspended on Wednesday at Zona Comun amid high winds. Calmer weather conditions could allow bunkering to resume on Thursday.

But wind speeds are set to pick up again with potential bunker disruptions from Friday evening through to Sunday.

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 7 October, 2022

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Poland: ORLEN to strengthen position in bunker fuels sector with new oil terminal

With the terminal’s commissioning, the company plans to introduce a bunkering vessel to service the Tri-City ports with conventional marine fuels and biofuels.

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Polish multinational oil refiner ORLEN Group on Wednesday (12 June) said it is solidifying its presence in the marine fuels market with the construction of a new oil terminal that is scheduled for completion by the second half of 2025.

Construction of the Martwa Wisła terminal, located on the Martwa Wisła river, has already exceeded 70%.

The Martwa Wisła terminal will enhance the logistics capabilities of the Gdańsk refinery, allowing for the transshipment of approximately 2 million tonnes of fuel products annually.

The first four loading arms have already arrived at the construction site and the remaining four loading arms are slated for delivery by the end of June. The devices, with a throughput capacity of up to 500m³/h, will be used at transshipment points to load tankers.

With the terminal's commissioning, the company plans to introduce a bunkering vessel to service the Tri-City ports (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot) with conventional fuels and biofuels.

For over 20 years, the Group has been supplying quality marine fuels to all Polish seaports. Its refinery product portfolio encompasses a wide range of fuels that guarantee quality and strict compliance with regulations, including MGO (DMA 0.1%S), ULSFO (RMD80 0.1% S) and LNG, which will in the near future be complemented with ‘green’ alternatives.

All marine fuels offered by ORLEN comply with the international ISO 8217:2017 standard and meet the requirements of the MARPOL Convention.

 

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Published: 14 June 2024

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Australia: Crew of bunker tanker “Champion 63” to strike following employer’s refusal to negotiate

‘BP has decided they can’t pay industry standards in Brisbane and want to keep their workers’ wages low,’ states MUA spokesman.

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Champion 63

The crew of Champion 63, a 2022-built Australia-registered bunker tanker with home port of Brisbane, is set to go on strike after bargaining for a new enterprise agreement has stalled, stated the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) on Wednesday (12 June).

Members of the Australian Maritime Officers Union, the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers, and MUA voted up protected industrial action on 11 June 2024.

The crews have been trying to formalise their employment conditions with ASP Ship Management since the bunkering operations commenced in February 2023. It took ASP approximately six months to issue the Notice of Employee Representational Rights (NERR) and start bargaining.

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“The crew of the new bunker barge on the Brisbane River and the maritime unions bent over backwards to make this vessel work,” said MUA Assistant Branch Secretary Paul Gallagher.

“Including low wages, excessive hours and a roster that does not allow crew to take leave. 18 months down the track when it comes time for BP to reward their crew and pay industry standards what do they do? They deny them fair wages, a workable roster and threaten their back pay!”

The AMOU filed a bargaining dispute after ASP refused to take their claim for a roster that does not demand that crews work every weekend seriously.

“Having to work every weekend because ASP does not have suitable relief arrangements is unacceptable,” said AMOU Industrial Officer Tracey Ellis.

“Crews have a right to be rostered time off to spend with their family. Waiting for ASP to fix the issue did not work, filing a Bargaining Dispute in the Fair Work Commission did not work, so the crews will take protected industrial action until their concerns are taken seriously.”

The crews onboard the Champion 63 voted up an unlimited number of stoppages of work of between one hour and 48 hours.

Gallagher added that, “the Maritime unions will not tolerate the big multinational fuel barons of this world undermining the Australian maritime wages and conditions of seven local mariners who are trying their best to support our own local shipping and Cruise Ship industry. If your cruise holiday gets delayed it is because, after recording over $40 billion profit in last two years, BP has decided they can’t pay industry standards in Brisbane and want to keep their workers’ wages low.”

 

Photo credit: Maritime Union of Australia
Published: 13 June 2024

 

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Infineum releases Sustainability Report 2023 outlining its sustainability progress

Infineum celebrates 25 years of operations and looks forward to the next 25 years of progress towards its net zero ambition by 2050, says CEO.

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Press release Infineum remains focused on our purpose to become a sustainable world class specialty chemicals company

Infineum, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in the UK, on Thursday (13 June) released its fourth annual Sustainability Report, reinforcing its purpose to create a sustainable future through innovative chemistry.

Aligned with the company’s strategic plan to achieve its vision and purpose, Infineum announces:

Publication of its Sustainability Report 2023 (Sustainability.Infineum.com), which outlines the efforts and progress that the company has achieved through the year, including:

  • Championing of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) throughout the organisation
  • Achievement of 28% of colleagues volunteering, surpassing its 2025 target of 25%
  • Increased share of relevant supplier spends covered by sustainability assessments to 62%

Launch of revamped corporate website (www.Infineum.com) to better represent Infineum as a specialty chemicals company, showcasing Infineum’s existing capabilities, as well as diversification in the new markets

The joint venture, formed in 1999 between Shell and Exxon Mobil, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and recently shared its restructure strategy to two business units, Sustainable Transportation and Energy Applications.

“As Infineum celebrates 25 years of operations and we look forward to the next 25 years of progress towards our net zero ambition by 2050, I am pleased to share our fourth annual sustainability report,” says Infineum CEO Aldo Govi.

“This is a journey and we have made excellent progress, but improvement will not always be linear, especially when set against the backdrop of a challenging external environment, but our purpose of creating a sustainable future through innovative chemistry, continues to drive us forward.

“We remain focused on our vision to become a sustainable world-class specialty chemicals company. Sustainability was at the core of reshaping Infineum to better enable us to contribute to sustainable mobility and the transition to a low-carbon economy.”

 

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Published: 13 June 2024

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