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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Slow demand in Houston and GOLA; supply very tight in Zona Comun; LSMGO availability is tight in Brazilian ports.

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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:

  • Slow demand in Houston and GOLA
  • Supply very tight in Zona Comun
  • LSMGO availability is tight in Brazilian ports

North America

Houston has experienced a drop in bunker demand this week after robust demand last week. Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO has been good, and some suppliers can deliver both grades within 3-5 days. Prompt HSFO supply is also possible now with a new supplier entering HSFO bunker market in the region. Lead times of 4-5 days are recommended for the grade.

Demand has picked up in Beaumont and Nederland this week, leading to a rise in bunker fuel prices in both locations.

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.

Bunker operations have been running smoothly in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) amid calm weather conditions this week. Most suppliers are able to deliver VLSFO and LSMGO stems within 4-5 days of lead time, while some can offer both grades on a subject to enquiry basis. However, demand has been very low for all fuel grades in GOLA this week.

At the New Orleans Outer Anchorage (NOLA), VLSFO and LSMGO can be secured for very prompt (0-3 days) dates.

Demand has been low in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles this week. Availability of all grades is better than normal, with lead times of around 5-7 days. Meanwhile, availability is very tight in Seattle further up the North American west coast, with only one supplier offering VLSFO and LSMGO currently there.

In the East Coast port of New York, all grades are available for prompt delivery dates.

Caribbean and Latin America

VLSFO and LSMGO demand has been normal in Panama's Balboa port this week. Product availability is good 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.

Bunkering in Argentina's Zona Comun anchorage resumed on Thursday morning after being suspended since Monday. But strong wind gusts of up to 34 knots are forecast to hit the region from Friday 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 tight. One supplier is 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.

Availability of LSMGO has been very tight in the Brazilian ports of Rio de Janeiro and Santos. VLSFO can be secured for prompt dates with most suppliers in the ports.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 22 September, 2023

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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (5 Dec 2023)

VLSFO availability tight in Singapore and Zhoushan; bunker fuel availability tight in Tokyo; VLSFO almost out of stock in Omani ports.

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The following article regarding regional bunker fuel availability outlook for the East of Suez region has been provided by online marine fuels procurement platform ENGINE for publication on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times:

  • VLSFO availability tight in Singapore and Zhoushan
  • Bunker fuel availability tight in Tokyo
  • VLSFO almost out of stock in Omani ports

Singapore

Prompt VLSFO availability remains super tight in Singapore. Recommended lead times for the grade range up to 12-16 days. Several suppliers need more than seven days to deliver VLSFO stems in Singapore, a trader says.

At least seven bunker suppliers in Singapore are currently facing tight delivery schedules, a source claims.

HSFO availability also remains tight for both prompt and non-prompt delivery dates in Singapore. Lead times of 14-15 days are recommended for the grade. The grade is even more difficult to secure for stem size of below 500 mt, partly because only a few suppliers can offer them and these are typically priced at steep premiums, a source explains.

LSMGO availability is relatively better than the other two grades in Singapore. Shorter lead times of around five days are recommended for smaller stems, while lead times of more than seven days are recommended for larger stems, a source says.

According to Enterprise Singapore, the port’s residual fuel oil stocks averaged 1% lower in November than in October. Fuel oil imports declined by 20% in November and to their lowest level since May. Fuel oil exports also fell by 22% last month.

Fuel oil cargoes into Singapore primarily arrived from Russia (23% of the total imports), followed by Brazil (10%) and Malaysia (9%) in November, according to cargo tracker Vortexa data.

The port’s middle distillate stocks, however, surged 12% in November.

China, East Asia and Oceania

VLSFO availability remains tight for both prompt and non-prompt delivery dates in Zhoushan. Lack of inflows of VLSFO replenishment cargoes has tightened the supply of the grade there, a source says. Several suppliers are running low on stocks and have refrained from providing lead times. Deliveries of the grade remain subject to enquiries.

In contrast, HSFO and LSMGO availability is normal in the Chinese bunker hub. Lead times of 3-5 days are recommended for HSFO, and 2-4 days for LSMGO.

In northern China, VLSFO and LSMGO supply is good in Dalian. In Tianjin, VLSFO availability is good, but LSMGO and HSFO supply is tight, with deliveries subject to enquiries. In Qingdao, prompt VLSFO and LSMGO availability is limited, and HSFO availability is also subject to enquiry.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is tight for prompt delivery dates in the southern Chinese ports of Shanghai and Xiamen. HSFO availability is under pressure in Shanghai, as it has been in recent weeks.

Bunker fuel availability is normal in Hong Kong. Lead times of 5-7 days are recommended for all grades in the port, a source says.

Lead times for VLSFO deliveries varied widely between 5-12 days in southern ports in South Korea. Meanwhile, one supplier is able to supply the grade for prompt delivery dates. HSFO requires lead times of 5-10 days.

Bunker fuel availability is normal in western ports in South Korea, where lead times of five days are recommended.

Availability has tightened for all grades in the Japanese port of Tokyo. Lead times of 10-12 days are generally recommended there, up from seven days last week. One Japanese refinery is experiencing delays at one of the product loadings/unloading berths, which has resulted in tight bunker fuel availability in Tokyo, a source says.

Most suppliers in Japan will likely accept new bunker orders until 21 December, before the Christmas and New Year holidays, the source added.

Adverse weather conditions are forecast to hit the Kiwi port of Tauranga on Thursday, which could impact bunkering there.

South Asia

All grades remain in normal availability in India’s Mumbai port. One supplier can supply the grades with lead times of up to two days.

Cyclone Michaung over the southwest Bay of Bengal Sea and the adjoining areas could impact port operations in Bangladesh, according to GAC Hot Port News. Cyclone warning has also been issued in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in India. Strong wind gusts of 24 knots are forecast to hit India’s east coast port Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, which could impact bunker operations in the port.

Middle East

Prompt availability remains tight in the UAE port of Fujairah. Lead times of 9-10 days are generally recommended for all bunker fuel grades in the port, slightly up from 7-10 days in the previous week. Bunker demand has been robust in Fujairah, resulting in further tightened supply there, a source says.

VLSFO is almost out of stock in most Omani ports. One major Omani supplier has taken a VLSFO bunker tanker offline because of low demand for the grade and high barge operating costs. This has increased supply pressure on the grade there, a trader says. The grade is only available in the southern port of Salalah in Oman.

LSMGO availability is normal across most Omani ports, including Sohar and Salalah. Lead times of 1-2 days are generally recommended in Sohar.

By Nithin Chandran

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 6 December, 2023

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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (30 Nov 2023)

Slow demand in several Americas ports; fog season hits US Gulf Coast bunkering; prompt availability tight 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:

  • Slow demand in several Americas ports
  • Fog season hits US Gulf Coast bunkering
  • Prompt availability tight in Santos

North America

Demand for all grades has mostly dropped across major bunkering ports in the Americas. But Houston has seen a jump in enquiries for all grades this week. While prompt VLSFO and LSMGO availability was reported tight at the beginning of this week, it returned to normal levels in the port as the week progressed. Lead times of 3-4 days are recommended for both grades. One supplier can offer HSFO stems with 4-5 days of lead time.

Prompt supply of VLSFO and LSMGO is normal in Bolivar Roads. Several suppliers can deliver both grades with 2-5 days of lead times. Similarly, the availability of fuel grades in Beaumont has been good this week.

Bunkering was suspended in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) and off Corpus Christi in the US Gulf Coast on Thursday due to strong gale-force wind gusts of up 47 knots in the region. Calmer weather is forecast from Friday evening, which could allow bunkering to resume.

A moderate to high risk of fog and reduced visibility is forecast around Corpus Christi, Lake Charles, Port Arthur, Galveston and Freeport from Thursday, which could delay vessel traffic around the region and through the Houston Ship Channel until Sunday, Norton Lilly says.

The channel is a key waterway for vessels going in and out of ports in the Houston area, including Galveston, Baytown and Texas City.

Similarly, a high risk of fog and reduced visibility is also forecast at the New Orleans Outer Anchorage (NOLA). A supplier said they can deliver VLSFO and HSFO stems within three days of lead time if the weather permits.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is good in the West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Several suppliers can deliver both grades with 5-7 days of lead times. However, demand has been extremely low in both ports this week.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is said to be normal in the East Coast port of New York. Securing HSFO in the port can be difficult for prompt dates. One supplier is unable to offer fuel grades for both prompt and non-prompt dates in New York.

Caribbean and Latin America

The ongoing drought in Panama has led to increased transit delays through the channel, impacting the demand for bunkers in the region. As a result, many shipowners are opting to lift bunkers at alternative ports in the Caribbean region due to the delays in the Panama Canal.

Despite the slowdown in vessel traffic, some suppliers are offering stems with lead times of 5-7 days in the Panamanian ports of Balboa and Cristobal.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is good for prompt dates off Trinidad and in Jamaica’s Kingston.

Bunker operations have been running smoothly in Argentina’s Zona Comun anchorage so far this week. Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is normal in Zona Comun. Overall, bunker demand has been muted at the anchorage this week.

Strong winds of up to 31 knots are forecast to hit the region on Friday, which could disrupt bunkering at the anchorage.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO availability is tight in Brazil’s biggest port – Santos. Lead times can stretch out to the second week of December, a trader says. Bunker fuel availability appears to be normal in other Brazilian ports like Rio Grande, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 1 December, 2023

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (30 November, 2023)

Bunker fuel prices for most grades / locations are more or less inline with last week, moving only a few percentage points up or down; Singapore specifically should be booked two weeks in advance.

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (30 November, 2023)

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

Commentary

Bunker fuel prices for most grades / locations are more or less inline with last week, moving only a few percentage points up or down. Availability in Singapore has eased up a bit but still a bit thin compared to other areas. Singapore specifically should be booked two weeks in advance, and both Fujairah and Khor Fakkan also showing somewhat limited availability in the first half of December.

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 on Thursdays 

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

Photo credit and source: Baltic Exchange
Published: 24 November, 2023

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