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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Prompt availability is tight in Fujairah; VLSFO and LSMGO availability is good in several Chinese ports; LSMGO availability good across Omani ports.

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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:

  • Prompt availability is tight in Fujairah
  • VLSFO and LSMGO availability is good in several Chinese ports
  • LSMGO availability good across Omani ports

Singapore

Singapore has witnessed average bunker demand so far this week. VLSFO availability remains tight in Singapore, with lead times of 8-11 days advised. A source says that some suppliers have extended their delivery lead times for the grade due to term contract commitments, which has pushed the lead times up.

Meanwhile, lead times of 6-9 days and 3-5 days are recommended for HSFO and LSMGO at the Southeast Asian bunkering hub – virtually unchanged from last week.

Residual fuel oil stocks in Singapore averaged 3% lower in September compared to August, data from Enterprise Singapore shows. Net fuel oil imports to Singapore surged 17% in September. While imports rose 12%, exports dipped 2%.

The Southeast Asian bunker hub’s middle distillate stocks, on the other hand, climbed 18% higher in September than in August.

China, East Asia and Oceania

Bunkering remains muted in Zhoushan due to the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays observed from 29 September to 8 October in the country.

A source says that most suppliers will resume bunker deliveries in the Chinese bunkering hub starting on Monday after the holiday period. Lead times of up to 14 days were recommended for all grades in the past week.

Meanwhile, the northern Chinese port of Dalian has a good supply of VLSFO and HSFO. The nearby port of Tianjin also has good availability of VLSFO, but LSMGO and HSFO remain under pressure, and deliveries are subject to enquiry. HSFO is subject to enquiry in another northern Chinese port of Qingdao, but there is ample supply of VLSFO and LSMGO.

Availability of both grades remains good in the southern Chinese ports of Shanghai and Xiamen as well. HSFO supply remains tight in Shanghai. Meanwhile, the prompt availability of VLSFO and LSMGO remains under pressure in Yangpu.

Supply of both grades remain subject to enquiry in the Chinese ports of Fuzhou and Guangzhou.

Availability of all grades remains good in Hong Kong, with unchanged lead times of 5-7 days. Strong wind gusts of 20-22 knots and swells of close to a metre are forecast to hit Hong Kong between 6-7 October, which may disrupt bunker deliveries.

Rough weather conditions are predicted in the South Korean ports of Ulsan, Onsan, Busan and Yeosu between 5-8 October, and in Daesan and Taean between 4-6 October, which might hamper bunker operations at these ports.

Availability for VLSFO and LSMGO has improved in South Korea, with lead times coming down from 5-11 days last week to 3-9 days now. HSFO requires lead times of 3-9 days as well. A source says that one supplier can offer all grades for prompter dates, but these stems are typically priced at a steep premium.

Adverse weather conditions are also forecast in the Kiwi port of Tauranga between 9-10 October, which may impact bunkering.

South Asia

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

Meanwhile, supply of both grades remains under pressure in the Indian ports of Mumbai and Visakhapatnam, where deliveries are subject to availability. In Tuticorin, both grades remain subject to enquiry as it has been in recent weeks.

A supplier says that the port of Chennai on the southern coast, and Haldia and Paradip on the eastern coast of India are almost out of stock for both grades.

The Sri Lankan port of Colombo has good avails of VLSFO and LSMGO, a source says.

Middle East

Prompt availability remains “super tight” across all grades in the UAE port amid good demand. Several suppliers are recommending lead times of 5-7 days. Some suppliers can still offer prompt dates for all grades depending on stem sizes, a source says.

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

LSMGO remains readily available in the Omani ports of Duqm, Sohar, Salalah and Muscat, with prompt supply possible.

By Tuhin Roy

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 4 October, 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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RESIZED ENGINE Europe and Africa

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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