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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

24 Feb 2023

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


Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 24 February, 2023

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