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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

VLSFO availability tight in Singapore; availability good across all grades in Zhoushan; demand good in Fujairah.

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RESIZED ENGINE East of Suez

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:

22 August 2023

  • VLSFO availability tight in Singapore
  • Availability good across all grades in Zhoushan
  • Demand good in Fujairah

 

Singapore

A source says that Singapore has been witnessing average demand so far this week. VLSFO availability has been getting tighter in the port, with lead times doubling from 3-5 days last week to 7-11 days now.

Lead times for HSFO, on the other hand, have come down from 9-11 days last week to 6-8 days now. LSMGO remains readily available, with unchanged lead times of 2-3 days.

Singapore’s residual fuel oil stocks have averaged 9% higher so far in August than in July, according to Enterprise Singapore. The Southeast Asian bunker hub’s net fuel oil imports have fallen by 9% so far this month. Both fuel oil imports and exports have also declined this month.

The port’s middle distillate stocks, on the other hand, have slumped 6% on the month.

 

East Asia and Oceania

In Zhoushan, all grades remain in ample supply amid muted demand, a source says. Several suppliers are recommending lead times of 3-5 days across all bunker fuel grades in the Chinese bunkering hub – virtually unchanged from last week.

Availability also remains good across all grades in Hong Kong, with most suppliers advising unchanged lead times of around seven days.

Meanwhile, some suppliers are now offering all grades at lead times of 5-9 days in South Korean ports – slightly up from 5-7 days last week.

Bad weather conditions are forecast in the South Korean ports of Ulsan and Onsan between 24-25 August, in Busan and Yeosu between 24-27 August, and in Daesan and Taean on 27 August, which could disrupt bunker operations at these ports.

Adverse weather conditions are also predicted in the Vietnamese port of Ho Chi Minh between 28-29 August, which might impact bunkering.

 

South Asia

Several Indian ports, including Kandla on the northwest coast, and Cochin and Chennai on the southern coast, have good availability of VLSFO and LSMGO, with short lead times of around 2-3 days.

On the other hand, the supply of both grades remains subject to availability in the Indian ports of Mumbai and Visakhapatnam as it has been in the past few weeks. Meanwhile, both grades remain subject to enquiry in Tuticorin port on the southeast coast and Haldia on the east coast, a source says.

Rough weather is forecast to hit the Indian ports of Kandla and Sikka between 22-29 August, and Mumbai on 24 August, which may affect bunker deliveries.

 

Middle East

Prompt availability of all grades remains tight in Fujairah as it has been in recent weeks. A source says that good demand has been keeping prompt availability under pressure in the Middle Eastern bunkering hub. Several suppliers are advising lead times of 5-7 days in Fujairah – virtually unchanged from last week.

Meanwhile, the other UAE port of Khor Fakkan has an ample supply of all grades, with unchanged lead times of 5-7 days.

By Tuhin Roy

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 23 August, 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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