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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

HSFO availability tight in New York; VLSFO “super tight” in Zona Comun; demand improves in NOLA.





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:

20 July 2023

  • HSFO availability tight in New York
  • VLSFO "super tight" in Zona Comun
  • Demand improves in NOLA


North America

Demand has remained good for all fuel grades in Houston this week. Several suppliers in the Houston area can deliver VLSFO and LSMGO for prompt delivery dates, with a recommended lead time of 4-5 days. HSFO availability has been tight with most suppliers in Houston, the grade requires a longer lead time of more than seven days, a source says.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is tight in Bolivar Roads. Deliveries are subject to weather conditions and anchorage schedules, a source says.

Suppliers in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) can accommodate prompt VLSFO and LSMGO stems with 4-5 days of lead time amid calm weather conditions this week. One supplier can deliver HSFO stems with a longer lead time of eight days. While others can offer the fuel grade on a subject to enquiry basis.

Demand for LSMGO and VLSFO have improved at the New Orleans Outer Anchorage (NOLA) and stems can be secured for very prompt (0-3 days) dates.

Bunker fuel availability in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles has improved this week. One supplier can offer LSMGO and HSFO stems in Los Angeles within 4-5 days of lead time.

Demand has been weak in Seattle and Vancouver further up the North American west coast. Some suppliers can deliver LSMGO and VLSFO stems in Vancouver with a recommended lead time of seven days.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO for prompt dates is normal in the East Coast port of New York. HSFO availability remains tight in the port.


Caribbean and Latin America

Tropical Storm Calvin brushed through the southern part of Hawaii on Wednesday. Port operations in Big Island, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Honolulu and Kahoolawe resumed on Thursday after being suspended for a day. The storm had minimal impacts on port operations in the area, a source says.

VLSFO and LSMGO demand has been strong in Panama's Balboa port this week. Product availability is normal with several suppliers able to supply both fuel grades with a lead time of 4-5 days. Demand for HSFO has been relatively muted in Balboa and Cristobal, and prompt supply is readily available in both ports.

VLSFO and LSMGO stems are available for prompt dates in Jamaica's Kingston. A supplier can deliver VLSFO and LSMGO stems with a lead time of 3-4 days.

Bunker operations have been running smoothly in Argentina’s Zona Comun anchorage. However, strong winds of up to 35 knots are forecast between Friday and Sunday, which could disrupt bunkering at the anchorage.

VLSFO availability is said to be super tight in Zona Comun, with lead times of more than seven days recommended. The earliest delivery dates with a supplier in Zona Comun stretch up to the second week of August.

Demand has improved in the Brazilian ports of Santos, Rio Grande and Rio de Janeiro this week. Several suppliers can offer VLSFO and LSMGO stems in these ports within 5-6 days of lead time.

Two suppliers can deliver prompt stems in Rio Grande, but these deliveries are subject to enquiry, a source says.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee


Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 21 July, 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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