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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

VLSFO and HSFO availability tight in Singapore; several East Asian ports brace for possible weather-related disruptions; demand good in Fujairah.





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
  • Weak bunker demand in Zhoushan
  • LSMGO availability good across Omani ports



After a spike in bunker demand last week, the demand has been relatively quiet so far this week, a source says. Availability of VLSFO has tightened in Singapore, with lead times increasing slightly from 8-10 days last week to 10-12 days now

On the other hand, lead times for HSFO have come down from 6-11 days last week to 6-9 days now. LSMGO remains readily available, with most suppliers offering unchanged lead times of 2-4 days.

Residual fuel oil stocks in Singapore averaged 9% higher in August than in July, data from Enterprise Singapore shows. Despite the port's net fuel oil imports declining by 14% in August, the port’s fuel oil stocks grew above 21 million bbls in August. Overall, there was less cargo trade, with fuel oil imports slumping by 13%, and exports by 9%.

The Southeast Asian hub’s middle distillate stocks remained roughly steady at above 7 million bbls in August.


East Asia and Oceania

A source says bunker demand remains weak in Zhoushan. Some suppliers are offering VLSFO and LSMGO with lead times of 4-6 days – slightly up from 3-5 days last week. Lead times of 3-5 days are advised for HSFO.

Bunker deliveries resumed at Zhoushan’s outer port limits (OPL) area on Tuesday after being suspended by Typhoon Saola-induced bad weather since Thursday. All four anchorages in the Chinese bunkering hub are operational now, a source says.

Availability has improved across all bunker fuel grades in Hong Kong, with recommended lead times halving from almost 14 days last week to around seven days now.

Meanwhile, availability of VLSFO and LSMGO has improved in South Korean ports amid average bunker demand, a source says. Most suppliers are advising lead times of 7-13 days for both grades now, compared to lead times of up to 15 days recommended last week. On the other hand, lead times of HSFO have risen from 10-11 days last week, to 7-13 days now.

Rough weather is forecast in the South Korean ports of Ulsan, Onsan, Busan and Yeosu between 5-10 September, which might disrupt bunker operations at these ports.

Adverse weather conditions are also predicted in the Thai ports of Koh Sichang and Leam Chabang between 10-12 September, and in the Kiwi port of Tauranga on 11 September, which might impact bunker operations.


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 some suppliers advising short lead times of around 2-3 days.

Meanwhile, both grades still remain subject to availability in the Indian ports of Mumbai and Visakhapatnam, and subject to enquiry in Tuticorin on the southeast coast and Haldia on the east coast.

Bad weather is forecast to hit the Indian ports of Kandla and Sikka between 8-12 September, and in Visakhapatnam on 17 September, which may hamper bunker deliveries


Middle East

Prompt availability remains “super tight” in Fujairah, with most suppliers recommending unchanged lead times of 5-7 days across all grades. However, some can offer prompt supply, but these deliveries depend on stem sizes.

All grades remain in ample availability across all grades in the UAE port of Khor Fakkan, with lead times of 5-7 days – virtually unchanged from last week.

LSMGO availability remains good across the Omani ports of Duqm, Sohar, Salalah and Muscat, with prompt supply available.

By Tuhin Roy


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

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Poland: ORLEN to strengthen position in bunker fuels sector with new oil terminal

With the terminal’s commissioning, the company plans to introduce a bunkering vessel to service the Tri-City ports with conventional marine fuels and biofuels.





ORLEN oil terminals

Polish multinational oil refiner ORLEN Group on Wednesday (12 June) said it is solidifying its presence in the marine fuels market with the construction of a new oil terminal that is scheduled for completion by the second half of 2025.

Construction of the Martwa Wisła terminal, located on the Martwa Wisła river, has already exceeded 70%.

The Martwa Wisła terminal will enhance the logistics capabilities of the Gdańsk refinery, allowing for the transshipment of approximately 2 million tonnes of fuel products annually.

The first four loading arms have already arrived at the construction site and the remaining four loading arms are slated for delivery by the end of June. The devices, with a throughput capacity of up to 500m³/h, will be used at transshipment points to load tankers.

With the terminal's commissioning, the company plans to introduce a bunkering vessel to service the Tri-City ports (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot) with conventional fuels and biofuels.

For over 20 years, the Group has been supplying quality marine fuels to all Polish seaports. Its refinery product portfolio encompasses a wide range of fuels that guarantee quality and strict compliance with regulations, including MGO (DMA 0.1%S), ULSFO (RMD80 0.1% S) and LNG, which will in the near future be complemented with ‘green’ alternatives.

All marine fuels offered by ORLEN comply with the international ISO 8217:2017 standard and meet the requirements of the MARPOL Convention.


Photo credit: ORLEN Group
Published: 14 June 2024

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Australia: Crew of bunker tanker “Champion 63” to strike following employer’s refusal to negotiate

‘BP has decided they can’t pay industry standards in Brisbane and want to keep their workers’ wages low,’ states MUA spokesman.





Champion 63

The crew of Champion 63, a 2022-built Australia-registered bunker tanker with home port of Brisbane, is set to go on strike after bargaining for a new enterprise agreement has stalled, stated the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) on Wednesday (12 June).

Members of the Australian Maritime Officers Union, the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers, and MUA voted up protected industrial action on 11 June 2024.

The crews have been trying to formalise their employment conditions with ASP Ship Management since the bunkering operations commenced in February 2023. It took ASP approximately six months to issue the Notice of Employee Representational Rights (NERR) and start bargaining.

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“The crew of the new bunker barge on the Brisbane River and the maritime unions bent over backwards to make this vessel work,” said MUA Assistant Branch Secretary Paul Gallagher.

“Including low wages, excessive hours and a roster that does not allow crew to take leave. 18 months down the track when it comes time for BP to reward their crew and pay industry standards what do they do? They deny them fair wages, a workable roster and threaten their back pay!”

The AMOU filed a bargaining dispute after ASP refused to take their claim for a roster that does not demand that crews work every weekend seriously.

“Having to work every weekend because ASP does not have suitable relief arrangements is unacceptable,” said AMOU Industrial Officer Tracey Ellis.

“Crews have a right to be rostered time off to spend with their family. Waiting for ASP to fix the issue did not work, filing a Bargaining Dispute in the Fair Work Commission did not work, so the crews will take protected industrial action until their concerns are taken seriously.”

The crews onboard the Champion 63 voted up an unlimited number of stoppages of work of between one hour and 48 hours.

Gallagher added that, “the Maritime unions will not tolerate the big multinational fuel barons of this world undermining the Australian maritime wages and conditions of seven local mariners who are trying their best to support our own local shipping and Cruise Ship industry. If your cruise holiday gets delayed it is because, after recording over $40 billion profit in last two years, BP has decided they can’t pay industry standards in Brisbane and want to keep their workers’ wages low.”


Photo credit: Maritime Union of Australia
Published: 13 June 2024


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Infineum releases Sustainability Report 2023 outlining its sustainability progress

Infineum celebrates 25 years of operations and looks forward to the next 25 years of progress towards its net zero ambition by 2050, says CEO.





Press release Infineum remains focused on our purpose to become a sustainable world class specialty chemicals company

Infineum, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in the UK, on Thursday (13 June) released its fourth annual Sustainability Report, reinforcing its purpose to create a sustainable future through innovative chemistry.

Aligned with the company’s strategic plan to achieve its vision and purpose, Infineum announces:

Publication of its Sustainability Report 2023 (, which outlines the efforts and progress that the company has achieved through the year, including:

  • Championing of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) throughout the organisation
  • Achievement of 28% of colleagues volunteering, surpassing its 2025 target of 25%
  • Increased share of relevant supplier spends covered by sustainability assessments to 62%

Launch of revamped corporate website ( to better represent Infineum as a specialty chemicals company, showcasing Infineum’s existing capabilities, as well as diversification in the new markets

The joint venture, formed in 1999 between Shell and Exxon Mobil, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and recently shared its restructure strategy to two business units, Sustainable Transportation and Energy Applications.

“As Infineum celebrates 25 years of operations and we look forward to the next 25 years of progress towards our net zero ambition by 2050, I am pleased to share our fourth annual sustainability report,” says Infineum CEO Aldo Govi.

“This is a journey and we have made excellent progress, but improvement will not always be linear, especially when set against the backdrop of a challenging external environment, but our purpose of creating a sustainable future through innovative chemistry, continues to drive us forward.

“We remain focused on our vision to become a sustainable world-class specialty chemicals company. Sustainability was at the core of reshaping Infineum to better enable us to contribute to sustainable mobility and the transition to a low-carbon economy.”


Photo credit: Infineum
Published: 13 June 2024

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