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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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GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the “TIHAMA”, a 19,870 TEU container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd in final trial; marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022.





GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) on Thursday (18 July) said it has successfully completed its final supply chain trial for biofuel blended with very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). 

This marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022 as part of a larger pilot to develop a framework to provide quality, quantity and GHG abatement assurances for drop-in fuels.

In this final trial, bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the TIHAMA, a 19,870 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd.

The biofuel component used is certified to the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standard – a multistakeholder certification scheme for biobased materials. The biofuel component comprised neat Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) produced from food waste.

Authentix, a tracer solutions provider, supplied and dosed the FAME with an organic-based tracer at the storage terminal outside the Netherlands. The dosed FAME was then transported to the Port of Rotterdam for blending with VLSFO to achieve a B30 blend, before the blend was bunkered onboard the TIHAMA.

Similar to previous trials, GCMD engaged fuel testing company Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) to witness the operations at all stages – from biofuel cargo transfer to bunkering. VPS also collected and conducted extensive laboratory tests on samples of the biofuel and biofuel blend collected at pre-determined points along the supply chain to assess quality per Standards EN 14214 and ISO 8217.

With well-to-wake emissions of 13.74 gCO2e/MJ, the neat FAME presented a 85.4% emissions reduction compared to the emissions of the fossil marine fuel. The reduced emissions complies with the MEPC 80, which requires a minimum emissions reduction of 65% in order for biofuels to be classified as sustainable.

GCMD and Hapag-Lloyd determined that consumption of the 4,500 MT B30 blend of FAME and VLSFO resulted in 27.9% emissions reduction compared to sailing on VLSFO.

A newly developed tracer deployed with this supply chain

GCMD collaborated with Authentix to develop and deploy a new organic-based tracer to authenticate the origin and verify the amount of FAME present in the blend. The proprietary tracer blended homogeneously with FAME and was detected at expected concentrations at all sampling points along the supply chain.

This trial marks the first deployment of this tracer in a marine fuel supply chain. Previously, similar tracers were used to authenticate and quantify biofuels in road transport and LPG supply chains.

Development of a comprehensive biofuels assurance framework underway

With the completion of this trial, GCMD has deployed a diverse range of tracer technologies, including synthetic DNA and element-based tracers, in addition to the organic-based tracer used in this trial. The trials have also included the development of a chemical fingerprinting methodology and the evaluation of lock-and-seal and automatic identification systems (AIS) as additional solutions to ensure the integrity of the biofuels supply chain.

Learnings on tracer limitations and benefits will be incorporated into a framework that recommends appropriate use to ensure consistent and robust performance. This effort will complement existing ISCC by providing additional supply chain assurance through physical traceability.

The insights from these trials will be shared in a series of reports covering issues, such as traceability, biofuel degradation, supply chain optimisation and abatement costs. These findings will culminate in a comprehensive assurance framework to provide guidance on biofuels use, slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2024.


Photo credit: Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
Published: 19 July 2024

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MPA, ITOCHU and partners sign MoU on ammonia-fuelled bulk carriers study

As a government agency, MPA,will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations, says ClassNK.





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Classification society ClassNK on Thursday (18 July) said it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ITOCHU Corporation, Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd., and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) regarding a joint study for the design and safety specifications of ammonia-fuelled ships which are under development by ITOCHU and partners.

“The discussion for a specification of ammonia-fuelled ships with a governmental body related to their operation is essential for a social implementation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK said. 

“As one of parties of the MoU, MPA, a government agency overseeing the world’s busiest bunkering hub, will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations.”

The MoU is based on the premise that 200,000 deadweight ton class bulk carriers will be built by Nihon Shipyard with an ammonia dual-fuelled engine.

“The necessary clarifications of the specification for the ammonia-fueled ship to carry out ammonia bunkering in Singapore will be conducted among parties of this MoU, for the commercialisation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK added.


Photo credit: Venti Views on Unsplash
Published: 19 July 2024

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“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels “Viking Ocean”, “Viking Diamond” and “Viking Coral” while bunkering in Singapore, says Gram Car Carriers.





“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Norwegian transportation firm Gram Car Carriers (GCC) on Thursday (18 July) said Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” LINE) will use biofuel on three vessels chartered from GCC from July onwards. 

“The biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels Viking Ocean, Viking Diamond and Viking Coral while bunkering in Singapore, an Asian hub for marine biofuels,” GCC said on its social media. 

“The use of biofuel is a key environmental initiative to reduce emissions across the entire value chain (well-to-exhaust) and an effective way of transitioning to low-carbon marine fuels amid globally tightening environmental regulations.”

“We support the green mobility shift. This means that GCC commit to supporting the transition of both vehicles and their logistic chain towards a zero-emission future in close cooperation with leading customers such as K-Line,” said Georg A. Whist, CEO of GCC.


Photo credit: Gram Car Carriers
Published: 19 July 2024

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