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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Prompt availability normal in Houston; bunker supply remains tight in Panama; low demand 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:

23 February 2023

  • Prompt availability normal in Houston
  • Bunker supply remains tight in Panama
  • Low demand in Zona Comun

 

North America

Very prompt (0-3 days) deliveries of LSMGO and VLSFO are possible in Houston. One supplier can deliver stems of the grades with one day lead time. However, there has generally been greater demand for delivery dates in the first week of March, and suppliers are generally able to accommodate those deliveries.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO availability is tight in Beaumont. A supplier can only deliver the fuel grades in the port with after 7 March.

Bunker operations were proceeding normal in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) on Thursday, amid calmer weather. However, there have been fewer bunker suppliers in the area and some suppliers have cautioned buyers about possible weather disruptions, a source says.

Securing prompt HSFO stems is tough in New Orleans Outer Anchorage (NOLA). A supplier needs at least 10 days of lead time to deliver the grade. Availability of LSMGO is also tight in the location and prices can fluctuate greatly between suppliers, a source says.

Demand has been low for all grades in the East Coast port of New York, and suppliers are mostly able to accommodate deliveries for prompt dates. Similarly, demand in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles has also been low in the past week, sources say.

Bunker fuel availability remains normal in Mexico’s Manzanillo. Recommended lead times are about five days for HSFO, VLSFO and LSMGO. 

 

Caribbean and Latin America

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO availability is under pressure in Panama’s Balboa and Cristobal. One supplier can deliver VLSFO stems in Balboa with a long lead time of 10 days. Another supplier can deliver HSFO stems in Balboa with five days of lead time.

Prompt delivery dates for HSFO are not available off Trinidad. Prompt availability of both VLSFO and HSFO is tight and delivery prospects are subject to enquiries, a source says.

Bunker fuel availability is normal in Colombia’s Cartagena. Recommended lead times for VLSFO and LSMGO are about three days.

Demand for bunker fuel in Argentina’s Zona Comun anchorage has been very low this week. Availability for prompt dates is also tight in the port.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

 

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Published: 24 February, 2023

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Winding up

Singapore: Liquidators arrange creditors meeting for Otto Marine Limited

Meeting will be held from 3pm on 24 July at 8 Wilkie Road #03-08 Wilkie Edge Singapore 228095, according to Government Gazette notice.

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A meeting for creditors of Otto Marine Limited, which is in liquidation, has been scheduled to take place on 24 July, according to a Government Gazette notice on Thursday (11 July). 

The meeting will be held from 3pm at 8 Wilkie Road #03-08 Wilkie Edge Singapore 228095

The agenda of the meeting will be as follows:

  • To update on the liquidation administration;
  • To approve the Liquidators’ fees and disbursements;
  • To approve the declaration of preferential dividend(s) pursuant to Section
  • 328(1)(b) to 328(1)(f) of the Companies Act, Cap. 50;
  • To consider and if thought fit, to appoint a committee of inspection; and
  • Any other business.

The details of the liquidators are as follows: 

Chee Yoh Chuang
Lin Yueh Hung
Liquidators
c/o 8 Wilkie Road
#03-08 Wilkie Edge
Singapore 228095

 

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Published: 12 July, 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Titan completes first STS LNG bunkering operation in Cuxhaven

Port of Cuxhaven in Germany had previously only seen LNG operations conducted via truck and currently only permits LNG bunkering at one berth, says Titan.

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Titan completes first STS LNG bunkering operation in Cuxhaven

LNG bunker fuel supplier Titan on Thursday (11 July) said it completed the first-ever LNG bunkering operation by ship in the port of Cuxhaven.

Titan’s bunker vessel Optimus successfully delivered LNG to dredger Vox Ariane operated by its long-term client Van Oord. 

“Our ship-to-ship bunkering in Cuxhaven represents a pioneering step in the region's LNG infrastructure development, as the port had previously only seen LNG operations conducted via truck and currently only permits LNG bunkering at one berth,” it said in a social media post. 

“LNG infrastructure development is part of a broader trend, with more ports across Germany adopting LNG operations to support shipping’s clean fuels transition.”

Titan added the improved LNG bunkering capabilities in Cuxhaven, a Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG port, also opened up the pathway to maritime decarbonisation via liquified biomethane (LBM) and then renewable e-methane going forward.

 

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Published: 12 July, 2024

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LNG Bunkering

UECC “Auto Achieve” receives first LNG bunker fuel delivery by barge in home country

Firm said it received the first ever supply of LNG by barge to their multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid car carrier in the Port of Drammen, Norway.

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UECC “Auto Achieve” receives first LNG bunker fuel delivery by barge in home country

Norwegian roll-on/roll-off shipping line United European Car Carriers (UECC) on Wednesday (10 July) said it received the first ever supply of LNG by barge to their multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid car carrier Auto Achieve in the Port of Drammen on 4 July.

The firm said this was the first time UECC received LNG by barge to any of their vessels in their home country Norway. 

“We also believe that it was the first time LNG was delivered by barge to any vessel in Drammen, and most likely the entire Oslofjord,” UECC said in a social media post.

The LNG was supplied by the Molgas Energy Holding vessel Pioneer Knutsen, owned by Knutsen Group OAS.

“UECC is very pleased to see the expansion of the LNG barge network in Norway,” it said. 

 

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Published: 12 July, 2024

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