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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Prompt supply remains tight in Houston; sluggish demand continues 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:

23 March 2023

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


North America

Prompt availability remains tight for all grades in Houston and a lead time of 6-7 days is generally recommended to ensure full coverage from all suppliers in the area. The Houston Ship Channel is expected to face fog-related disruptions on Saturday.

Prompt supply of VLSFO and LSMGO is tight in Bolivar Roads. Most suppliers are able to deliver VLSFO and LSMGO stems with long lead times of 11-12 days.

Bunker operations have been suspended in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) for the entire week due to strong wind gusts. Operations are expected to resume with calmer weather from Saturday. A supplier is able to offer HSFO stems in GOLA for delivery in the second week of April.

Securing prompt VLSFO and LSMGO stems has been easier at the New Orleans Outer Anchorage (NOLA). Most suppliers can deliver stems with a lead time of seven days, down from last week's recommended lead times of 11 days.

The West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles continue to see muted demand for all fuel grades. The ports' container throughput slumped by 43% in February from a year earlier. Demand has been slightly better in Vancouver, further up the North American west coast. A supplier is only able to deliver LSMGO stems there in the first week of April.

Demand for HSFO and LSMGO in the East Coast port of New York has improved for prompt dates this week. Availability is also good and suppliers are able to deliver stems with a lead time of 3-4 days.


Caribbean and Latin America

Prompt supply of all grades can be tight in Panama’s Balboa. One supplier can deliver VLSFO on delivery dates after 5 April. Another supplier is neither able to accommodate HSFO deliveries for prompt dates or for dates further out.

However, the expected arrival of a tanker carrying a 532,000-bbl VLSFO cargo in Panama next week can improve VLSFO availability in Balboa and Cristobal.

VLSFO delivery is possible for prompt dates off Trinidad. Suppliers are able to deliver VLSFO stems within 4-5 days. However, bunker deliveries are also expected to be suspended due to strong wind gusts of up to 33 knots off Trinidad from Saturday onwards.

VLSFO can be delivered very prompt in Jamaica’s Kingston. One supplier can deliver VLSFO stems with just 1-2 days of lead time.

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

Prompt availability of VLSFO has become tight in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro. A supplier is only able to deliver stems in the port after 6 April.

Demand for VLSFO and LSMGO has gone up in Argentina’s Zona Comun in the past week. Most supplier are able to deliver the stems for prompt dates as well as for dates further out. However, high winds are forecast at Zona Comun between Friday and Sunday morning and can trigger a bunker suspension or delays.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee


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

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.






Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker


Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.






Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.


Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.





Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.


Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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