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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (7 Dec 2023)

Prompt supply tight in Houston; strong bunker demand in New York; VLSFO tight in Rio de Janeiro.

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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:

  • Prompt supply tight in Houston
  • Strong bunker demand in New York
  • VLSFO tight in Rio de Janeiro

North America

Prompt availability is tight for all grades in Houston. One supplier requires lead times of six days to supply VLSFO and LSMGO in the port. Some suppliers have cautioned about potential bunker delays over the weekend due to fog and reduced visibility.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is normal in Bolivar Roads. One supplier requires lead times of five days to deliver both grades.

VLSFO availability is tight for very prompt dates (0-2 days) in the Port of Mobile.

Strong wind gusts are forecast to hit the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) on Friday, with wind speeds forecast to intensify further and touch 48 knots on Sunday. Strong winds could complicate bunker deliveries in GOLA.

HSFO and LSMGO availability is tight in the West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The earliest delivery date with a supplier for both grades is 18 December. Another supplier can supply LSMGO with shorter lead times of 3-7 days, but is unable to offer HSFO for prompt dates.

LSMGO availability is normal in Port Newark and New Jersey. One supplier requires six days of lead times to deliver the grade there.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is normal in the East Coast port of New York. Overall, bunker demand has been robust in New York so far this week. 

Caribbean and Latin America

Availability of LSMGO and VLSFO is good for prompt dates in Balboa. Several suppliers can deliver both grades with lead times of 5-7 days, a source says. However, bunker demand remains slow in Balboa and Cristobal due to fewer vessels transiting the Panama Canal.

The severe congestion in the Panama Canal, caused by reduced transit limits amid drought, has led to ships seeking alternative shipping routes. This has had a knock-on effect on bunker demand in the canal.

VLSFO is very tight in the Chilean port of Valparaiso. One of the major bunker suppliers in the region is running low on stocks, adding supply pressure on others’ supply. The supplier expects to resume offers after replenishment VLSFO cargoes arrive later this week, a source says.

VLSFO availability is tight in the Brazilian port of Rio de Janeiro. Lead times of over 10 days are generally recommended to ensure smooth coverage.

By Nithin Chandran and Debarati Bhattacharjee

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Published: 8 December, 2023

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Panama bunker fuel sales volume drops by 2.3% on year in April 2024

Total bunker sales at Panama was 375,848 mt in April 2024, compared to sales of 384,656 mt during the similar period in 2023, according to PMA data.

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Bunker fuel sales at Panama fell by about 2.3% in April 2024, according to the latest data from La Autoridad Maritima de Panama, also known as the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA).

Total bunker sales at Panama was 375,848 metric tonnes (mt) in April 2024, compared to sales of 384,656 mt during the similar period in 2023. 

In April 2024, the Pacific side of Panama posted bunker sales of 302,207 mt; 170,075 mt of VLSFO, 108,242 mt of RMG 380, 3,770 of marine gas oil (MGO), and 20,120 mt of low sulphur marine gas oil (LSMGO) were delivered.

The similar region saw total marine sales of 312,199 mt a year before on April; with VLSFO sales at 219,001 mt, RMG 380 sales at 63,690 mt, MGO sales at 5,662 mt, and 23,846 mt of LSMGO being sold.

Panama’s Atlantic side, meanwhile, recorded total bunker fuel sales of 73,641 during April 2024; the figure comprised 55,657 mt of VLSFO, 5,851 mt of RMG 380, 2,565 mt of MGO, and 9,568 mt of LSMGO.

It saw total sales of 72,457 mt in April a year before; with VLSFO sales of 54,346 mt, RMG 380 sales of 6,251, 4,720 mt of MGO, and LSMGO sales of 7,140 mt.

 

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Published: 20 May 2024

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (16 May 2024)

On 15 April, intraday volatility was heightened, Brent as low as $81.05 and hitting highs of $83.07, over $2/bbl spread, which equates to roughly $12/mt in bunker fuel terms.

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (16 May 2024)

The following bunker report has been provided by freight market information provider Baltic Exchange for post on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times:

Commentary:

Yesterday, intraday volatility was heightened, Brent as low as $81.05 and hitting highs of $83.07, over $2/bbl spread, which equates to roughly $12/mt in bunker fuel terms. IEA reported a decline in its global demand growth outlook causing oil prices to deepen losses. EIA stats reported a drop in US crude oil inventories (- 2.5mbbls) and modest declines in refined products, aiding the bounce back to positive territory.

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All values are in US$/metric ton, all-in (invoice price), delivered on board
Delivery in 7-10 days
ISO 8217:2010
IFO 380 3.5% Sulphur
IFO 380 0.5% Sulphur
DMA 0.1% Sulphur

Rotterdam – Waalhaven – Maasvlakte range
Houston – Houston Harbor
Singapore – Anchorage, under SBA Scheme
Fujairah – Offshore Anchorage Area

Submitted weekly at Close of Business UK time, on Tuesday & Thursdays

Panellists:
Island Oil Limited, Cockett Marine Oil Pte, Monjasa A/S, KPI OceanConnect

 

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Published: 17 May, 2024

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ENGINE: Europe & Africa Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (15 May 2024)

Bunker supply is normal in the ARA hub; bunkering partially suspended in Las Palmas; LSMGO very tight in Maputo.

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The following article regarding Europe and Africa bunker fuel availability has been provided by online marine fuel procurement platform ENGINE for post on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times:

  • Bunker supply is normal in the ARA hub
  • Bunkering partially suspended in Las Palmas
  • LSMGO very tight in Maputo

Northwest Europe

Bunker fuel availability is good in Rotterdam and in the wider ARA hub. Lead times for VLSFO in Rotterdam have come down from 4-5 days noted last week to 3-5 days now, a trader said. Similar lead times of 3-5 days are recommended for HSFO and LSMGO in the ARA hub.

The ARA hub has imported 362,000 b/d of fuel oil so far this month, up from 252,000 b/d of fuel oil imported in April, according to cargo tracker Vortexa.

Lithuania and Algeria have emerged as the ARA’s biggest fuel oil import sources so far this month, each accounting for 18% of the region’s total imports. Denmark holds the second spot, accounting for 17% of the region’s total imports, followed by France (13%) and Estonia (9%).

The region has imported 538,000 b/d of gasoil so far this month, up from 358,000 b/d in April.

Bunker fuel availability is normal in the German port of Hamburg. Suppliers are able to offer prompt supply for all grades in the port. Lead times of 3-5 days are advised to ensure full coverage from suppliers, a trader said.

Very prompt availability is tight across all bunker fuel grades off Skaw, with some suppliers able to offer stems only for non-prompt dates. A trader advises lead times of 7-10 days for all bunker fuel grades in the port. 

Mediterranean

Bunkering was proceeding smoothly in Gibraltar on Wednesday, with minimal congestion reported, a trader told ENGINE. The trader advised lead times of 2-4 days across all grades, down from 4-6 days seen last week.

Bunkering has been suspended in Las Palmas' outer anchorage since Monday because of rough weather conditions. Operations are unlikely to resume at the outer anchorage until Friday afternoon due to a forecast of rough weather conditions, a trader said.

Most suppliers continue to deliver stems at Las Palmas' more sheltered inner anchorage or alongside, the trader added. Availability is normal across all grades, but adverse weather conditions have increased lead times for all grades from 3-5 days advised last week to 4-6 days now.

Bunker demand has been steady in other Mediterranean ports like Piraeus, Malta Offshore and Istanbul, according to a trader.

Availability is normal in the Greek port of Piraeus. Lead times of 3-4 days are advised across all grades in the port. Calm weather has made it conducive to bunkering in the port, a source said.

Bunker fuel availability is also good off Malta. A trader recommends lead times of 3-4 days for all grades in the port. Bad weather is forecast to hit in periods until Saturday and may complicate bunker deliveries in the region, a source said. 

In Turkey’s Istanbul port, securing grades for very prompt dates can be difficult. Lead times of 3-4 days are recommended for all grades. Adverse weather conditions on Wednesday and Thursday could impact bunkering there.

Yacht races are scheduled to take place in the Bosphorus Strait on Sunday on the occasion of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day, according to GAC Hot Port News. During this period, ship traffic will be temporarily suspended for a few hours.

Africa

Suppliers can offer VLSFO for non-prompt delivery dates in the South African ports of Durban and Richards Bay. A trader advises lead times of 7-10 days for the bunker fuel grade in both ports.

Durban also has normal availability of LSMGO. Lead times of 7-10 days are recommended. Wind gusts of up to 24 knots are forecast on Friday, which could impact bunkering in Durban.

Mozambique’s port of Nacala has good availability of HSFO and LSMGO. Demand has been steady for both grades, a source said. VLSFO availability is extremely tight in the port amid high demand for the grade.

In contrast, VLSFO availability has been good in Maputo port in Mozambique. The grade's demand has been steady there. Meanwhile, LSMGO demand has been relatively high in Maputo, which has contributed to tighten supply in the port.

By Manjula Nair

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 16 May 2024

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