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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Slow demand in several Americas ports; supply very tight in Zona Comun; demand picks up in GOLA.

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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:

14 September 2023

  • Slow demand in several Americas ports
  • Supply very tight in Zona Comun
  • Demand picks up in GOLA

North America

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO grades in Houston has been good so far this week. Several suppliers are able to deliver the grades with 2-3 days of lead time, down from last week’s 4-5 days. However, demand in Houston has been relatively slower so far this week compared to the earlier week. Meanwhile, HSFO availability is tight in Houston, where there is limited supply available with most suppliers.

Securing VLSFO and LSMGO stems for prompt delivery dates remains difficult in Bolivar Roads. Bunker deliveries there are subject to weather conditions and availability of anchorage space, a source says. One supplier is able to offer stems there with lead times of 12-14 days.

At the New Orleans Outer Anchorage (NOLA), demand for VLSFO and LSMGO has been more for delivery dates further out. Most suppliers are able to offer stems for these dates.

Calmer weather conditions have allowed bunkering to run smoothly in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA). Demand for all fuel grades has also picked up in GOLA this week. Suppliers in the GOLA can accommodate LSMGO and VLSFO stems within 2-3 days of lead time.

With the rise in demand, bunker supplier Bunker One has announced that it will start HSFO supply in GOLA, off Sabine and off Corpus Christi from 18 September. HSFO supply has been tight with most suppliers in the lightering area.

Demand has dropped in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. VLSFO and LSMGO availability has held better in both ports. HSFO supply is tight in the West Coast ports, as one supplier awaits resupply cargo. Delivery dates for the grade can go up to the end of September.

Delivery prospects in Port Angeles, further north on the US West Coast, remain subject to enquiry, a source says.

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.

Demand for fuel oil has dropped significantly by 21% from August to 166,000 b/d this month – the lowest level since May 2020.

Hurricane Lee, which has downgraded to Category 2 from Category 3 is expected to hit the Eastern Coast of Canada over the weekend. It also poses a threat of coastal flooding in some of the regional ports. However, the storm is unlikely to impact bunkering on the Canadian East Coast as ports like Quebec and Montreal are well sheltered and not in the storm's direct path.

Caribbean and Latin America

Prompt availability of all fuel grades is normal in Panama’s Balboa and Cristobal. Several suppliers can deliver VLSFO and LSMGO stems in the ports with a lead time of 3-4 days in Balboa. Demand has been very low in both Balboa and Cristobal in recent weeks.

Prompt availability of both VLSFO and LSMGO remains tight off Trinidad.

Bunkering was running normally in Argentina's Zona Comun anchorage on Thursday morning. However, strong wind gusts of up to 37 knots are forecast to hit the region from Thursday evening onwards, which could cause prolonged delays and disruptions through the rest of the week, a source says.

Due to persistent weather disruptions and a refinery outage in the region, the availability of fuel grades in Zona Comun has become extremely limited. One supplier is almost running out of VLSFO and LSMGO stocks, while several other suppliers are only able to offer stems for delivery dates after the first week of October.

Prompt availability of VLSFO and LSMGO remains tight in Brazilian ports. One supplier is able to supply stems for prompt dates in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande on a subject to enquiry basis.

Suppliers in Santos have been facing delays due to weather-related disruptions caused by heavy rainfall in the region.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 15 September, 2023

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ENGINE on Fuel Switch Snapshot: Bunkering gets pricier in Singapore

All prices rise sharply in Singapore; LNG inches closer to VLSFO; Rotterdam’s B24-VLSFO premium over LNG widens.

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ENGINE on Fuel Switch Snapshot: Bunkering gets pricier in Singapore

Once a week, bunker intelligence platform ENGINE will publish a snapshot of alternative and conventional bunker fuel prices in the world’s two biggest bunkering hubs. The following is the latest snapshot:

24 June 2024

Singapore's bunker fuel prices have increased across the board over the past week. Conventional fuel prices have climbed $17-20/mt higher, while bio-bunker blends have gained slightly less, at $12-17/mt. LNG has increased by $14/mt in the port.

The price gap between Rotterdam's LNG and VLSFO grades has narrowed in the past week. LNG is now only $2/mt cheaper than VLSFO in Rotterdam with estimated EU Allowance (EUA) costs for voyages between two EU ports added, down from $15/mt a week earlier. The price difference is wider without EUAs, at $8/mt, and has come down from $21/mt.

The B24-VLSFO premium over pure VLSFO has moved $2/mt lower in Rotterdam and $8/mt lower in Singapore.

VLSFO

Rotterdam’s VLSFO benchmark has increased by $7/mt in the past week. Steady availability of the grade in Rotterdam and the wider ARA region could explain its gains falling short of a $19/mt ($2.62/bbl) jump in front-month Brent futures.

Singapore's VLSFO benchmark has climbed $20/mt in the past week, mirroring Brent's rise.

A sharp tightening of VLSFO availability in the port has supported price gains. Most suppliers indicate lead times of 7-17 days for the grade, a significant increase from 2-11 days the week prior.

Biofuels

Rotterdam’s B24-VLSFO HBE price has been steadier in the past week, with only a $5/mt gain. Availability of bio-blended bunkers remains good in Rotterdam and the ARA hub, a source says. 

Singapore’s B24-VLSFO price has gained $12/mt in the past week. The bio-bunker price has gone up despite a $5/mt drop in the UCOME FOB China benchmark, according to PRIMA Markets.

“Lower offers last week of $960-980/t were still mostly met by limited demand, with other optimistic sellers still offering above $1,000/t in other areas of the country,” PRIMA said.

LNG

A $7/mt decline in Rotterdam’s LNG bunker price can be attributed to a drop in the front-month NYMEX Dutch TTF Natural Gas benchmark amid the abundant gas storage levels in European countries.

In contrast, Singapore’s LNG bunker price has jumped higher by $14/mt in the past week.

The price rise in Singapore is supported by higher prices in the Asian LNG market and the Japan/Korea Marker (JKM) price, as well as an extended outage at Chevron's Wheatstone LNG facility in Australia.

By Konica Bhatt

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 25 June 2024

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (20 June 2024)

Bunker report panellists include Island Oil Limited, Cockett Marine Oil Pte, Monjasa A/S and KPI OceanConnect.

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (20 June 2024)

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

Note:

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

 

Photo credit and source: Baltic Exchange
Published: 21 June, 2024

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ENGINE: Europe & Africa Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (19 June 2024)

Prompt availability tight off Skaw; bunker supply improves in Gibraltar; HSFO is tight in Nacala.

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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:

  • Prompt availability tight off Skaw
  • Bunker supply improves in Gibraltar
  • HSFO is tight in Nacala

Northwest Europe

Availability is normal in Rotterdam and in the wider ARA hub. Lead times have largely remained unchanged in recent weeks. A trader advises lead times of 3-5 days for optimal coverage across all grades.

The ARA’s independently held fuel oil stocks have held steady this month compared to May, according to Insights Global data.

The region has imported 215,000 b/d of fuel oil so far this month, down from 252,000 b/d of fuel oil imported in May, according to data from cargo tracker Vortexa. The ARA imported low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) and HSFO in a 54/46 ratio in May, but coming into June, the ratio has tilted more towards HSFO and changed to 49/51.

Lithuania has been the ARA’s top fuel import source this month, accounting for 21% of the region’s total imports. France has come second at 20%, and the UK has ranked third at 14% of the total imports. Other fuel oil import sources include Spain (10%), Sweden (9%) and Estonia (8%).

The ARA hub’s independent gasoil inventories — which include diesel and heating oil — have declined by 2% in June so far. 

The Port of Antwerp-Bruges authority announced that clean-up operations near the Deurganck dock were completed on Tuesday. Quay walls are now fully available, and the selective navigation ban has been lifted, the port authority stated in its latest update.

The oil spill incident occurred during a bunker operation on 6 June and a selective ban on navigation was imposed after this incident. Bunkering, however, remained unaffected.

In the French ports of Saint-Nazaire and Montoir, dock workers continue industrial action and strikes. Another strike action is scheduled for Thursday and is set to continue intermittently until 28 June in both ports. The strikes could impact bunkering in these ports, with suppliers unlikely to offer on the days when the strike action takes place, a trader told ENGINE. 

Bunker fuel availability is good in the German port of Hamburg, a trader said. Lead times are unchanged from the last few weeks, with 3-5 days advised for all three grades in the port.

Securing stems for prompt dates remains a challenge off Skaw, with most suppliers only able to offer non-prompt dates across all grades. A trader advises lead times of 7-10 days for all three grades. Adverse weather is forecast off Skaw on Thursday and Friday, which may trigger bunkering disruptions in the port.

Mediterranean

Supply tightness in Gibraltar has eased since last week, a trader told ENGINE. Prompt availability of all grades was tight in the port last week, with 8-10 days recommended for VLSFO and 5-7 days for both HSFO and LSMGO. Lead times have now come down to 3-5 days for all grades.

Availability is normal in the port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. Lead times of 4-6 days are advised for all grades, a trader said. The port is likely to experience adverse weather conditions intermittently from Wednesday to Tuesday next week. This may impact bunkering in the region.

Demand has increased slightly in other Mediterranean ports like Piraeus, Malta Offshore and Istanbul, a trader said. These ports had witnessed subdued demand in the last few weeks.

Bunker availability is good in the Greek port of Piraeus, according to a trader. Lead times are unchanged from last week, with 3-4 days still advised across all grades. Rough weather may impact bunkering in the port between Wednesday and Saturday.

Malta Offshore also has good availability for all bunker grades. A trader advises lead times of 3-4 days for all three grades in the port. Bad weather is forecast in the area on Thursday and Friday, which may hamper bunkering.

In the Turkish port of Istanbul, bunkering has been put on hold due to Eid-al-Adha holidays declared until Thursday, according to traders. Availability is good for all grades in the port.

Southbound vessel traffic in the Dardanelles was suspended on Wednesday morning, with resumption planned later that afternoon, according to GAC Hot Port News. The traffic suspension comes amid a forest fire near the city of Canakkale on Tuesday, with efforts being made to extinguish the fire.

Africa

VLSFO availability is slightly tight for prompt delivery dates in the South African ports of Durban and Richards Bay, a trader said. Lead times of 7-10 days are advised in both ports, according to a trader.

Prompt LSMGO supply is tight in Durban. Wind gusts of 24 knots are forecast to hit the region on Friday and may impact bunkering in the port.

In Mozambique’s port of Nacala, HSFO availability remains tight amid steady demand, a source said.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is good in Mozambique’s Maputo port and demand is stable for both grades.

By Manjula Nair

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 20 June 2024

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