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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Prompt supply remains tight in Houston; sluggish demand in Los Angeles and Long Beach; VLSFO supply improves 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:

09 March 2023

  • Prompt supply remains tight in Houston
  • Sluggish demand in Los Angeles and Long Beach
  • VLSFO supply improves in Santos

 

North America

All grades remain tight for prompt delivery dates in the Houston area and bunker locations off the Gulf Coast. A longer lead time of at least seven days is generally recommended to ensure full coverage from all suppliers in the Houston area.

The Houston Ship Channel has been facing fog-related disruptions since the past week. This has resulted in barge loading delays across Houston, Galveston, Freeport and Beaumont, a source says.

Securing VLSFO and LSMGO stems for prompt dates is possible in Beaumont. One supplier can supply VLSFO and LSMGO stems within 2-3 days. Also, both grades are available for prompt dates in Bolivar Roads. Some suppliers can deliver VLSFO and LSMGO stems there within 2-4 days of lead time.

Demand has been low for all grades in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles as it has been for the past two weeks, and suppliers are mostly able to accommodate deliveries for prompt dates.

Similarly, the availability of all fuel grades for prompt dates is normal in the East Coast port of New York. Demand is said to be slow in the port.

Caribbean and Latin America

VLSFO demand has been strong in Panama's Balboa this week. Product availability is normal with several suppliers able to supply VLSFO with a lead time of 4-5 days, down from last week's seven days.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO supplies are tight in Jamaica's Kingston. Some suppliers can only supply stems for delivery dates further out.

VLSFO supply has improved in Brazil's Santos. One supplier can accommodate stems with a lead time of six days.

Prompt VLSFO availability is normal in Argentina’s Zona Comun. One supplier can deliver VLSFO stems within 5-6 days of lead time. However, bunker operations at the anchorage could be suspended due to the rough weather forecast this weekend.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

 

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Published: 10 March, 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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