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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (14 May 2024)

Bunker demand improves in Singapore; VLSFO and LSMGO supply good across several Chinese and Australian ports; tight VLSFO and LSMGO supply across several Indian ports.





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:

  • Bunker demand improves in Singapore
  • VLSFO and LSMGO supply good across several Chinese and Australian ports
  • Tight VLSFO and LSMGO supply across several Indian ports

Singapore and Malaysia

Bunker demand in Singapore has increased since the beginning of the week. VLSFO availability has improved, with most suppliers suggesting lead times of 4-7 days, much shorter than the previous week's 6-12 days.

HSFO supply remains constrained in the port, with recommended lead times of 7-11 days, almost unchanged from last week. LSMGO remains more readily available, with lead times of 2-4 days.

Singapore's residual fuel oil stocks in the first week of May averaged 4% higher compared to April, according to Enterprise Singapore. Net fuel oil imports in Singapore have surged by a significant 62% so far in May, with imports rising to a record 3.02 million bbls. This increase surpasses the rise of 799,000 bbls in fuel exports, contributing to the stock build. Conversely, middle distillate stocks in Singapore have remained relatively stable compared to April levels.

In Malaysia's Port Klang, VLSFO and LSMGO grades are readily available, with some suppliers offering prompt deliveries for smaller parcel sizes. HSFO remains scarce in the port due to limited supply.

China, East Asia, and Oceania

Bunker fuel availability in Zhoushan remains constrained due to limited barge availability, with most suppliers indicating unchanged lead times of 5-7 days.

In Northern China, Dalian port boasts abundant availability of VLSFO and LSMGO. Similarly, both grades are readily accessible in Qingdao and Tianjin, although HSFO supply remains constrained in these ports. In Shanghai, the availability of VLSFO and LSMGO has seen some improvement, while HSFO remains in short supply. In Fuzhou and Yangpu, VLSFO and LSMGO are readily available. But in Guangzhou, prompt availability for low-sulphur fuel grades remains limited. Meanwhile, VLSFO availability has tightened in Xiamen, while LSMGO supply remains unaffected.

In the Taiwanese ports of Hualien, Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Keelung, the availability of VLSFO and LSMGO remains steady, with recommended lead times of 3-4 days, virtually unchanged from last week.

In Hong Kong, all fuel grades are readily available, with recommended lead times of about seven days, but some suppliers can offer early deliveries for smaller stems. Rough weather conditions are expected to affect bunker deliveries at the port on Thursday.

In South Korean ports, the availability of all grades remains ample despite sluggish bunker demand. Most suppliers are advising lead times of around three days for all grades, consistent with the previous week.

Strong winds and high waves are forecast intermittently throughout this week and could impact bunker operations at the South Korean ports of Ulsan, Onsan, Busan, Daesan, Taean and Yeosu.

In Japan, bunker demand remains slow due to high prices. Tokyo's VLSFO was priced about $24/mt higher than Singapore's VLSFO and $34/mt higher than Zhoushan's VLSFO price on Tuesday. Lead times differ across major Japanese ports, ranging from around seven days in Tokyo, Chiba, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, and Yokkaichi, to longer periods of 11-15 days in Mizushima and Oita.

In Western Australia, both Kwinana and Fremantle ports can readily offer VLSFO and LSMGO, with recommended lead times of 7-8 days. In New South Wales, LSMGO is readily available in Sydney, while HSFO availability is subject to enquiry. In Victoria, VLSFO and LSMGO are easily available in Melbourne, while ample VLSFO supply is available in Geelong. Prompt HSFO supply can be tight in both ports.

In Queensland, both Brisbane and Gladstone ports have sufficient VLSFO and LSMGO stocks, with suggested lead times of 7-8 days. HSFO availability remains limited in Brisbane.

In the ports of Tauranga and Auckland in New Zealand, LSMGO availability is good, and VLSFO supply is also ample in Auckland.

Adverse weather conditions may impact bunkering operations in Hai Phong (Vietnam) on Thursday and in Tauranga (New Zealand) on Wednesday and Thursday.

South Asia

In several Indian ports, including Mumbai, Kandla, Tuticorin, Chennai, Cochin, Visakhapatnam, and Haldia, VLSFO and LSMGO availability has been tight due to supply shortages. One supplier in Paradip is almost running out of both grades.

Sikka and Kandla ports in India are forecast to experience adverse weather conditions over the weekend, which could disrupt bunkering.

Middle East

Bunker demand for all grades remains low in the UAE port of Fujairah. Despite low demand, availability for very prompt dates remains tight for all grades, with most suppliers projecting lead times ranging from 5-7 days.

In the UAE port of Khor Fakkan, most suppliers are recommending similar lead times of 5-7 days.

At Saudi Arabia's Jeddah port, the supply of VLSFO and LSMGO remains sufficient. Meanwhile, in Djibouti, certain suppliers are experiencing VLSFO shortages, while LSMGO supply remains normal.

LSMGO is readily available in Omani ports, including Sohar, Salalah, Muscat, and Duqm.

By Tuhin Roy


Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 15 May 2024

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Methanol Institute: Breakthroughs and Strategic Moves in Sustainable Marine Fuels (Week 23, 3-9 June 2024)

This week, the maritime industry made pivotal advancements in methanol fuel technology, forged strategic partnerships, and achieved key regulatory milestones, highlighting a concerted effort toward greener marine operations.





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The Methanol Institute, provides an exclusive weekly commentary on developments related to the adoption of methanol as a bunker fuel, including significant related events recorded during the week, for the readers of bunkering publication Manifold Times:

More heavy hitters are getting behind the supply of methanol to marine customers as the demand for newbuildings continues to strengthen.

The ramp-up in biofuels provided by energy major ExxonMobil are expected to support the industry’s decarbonization process as owners place further orders, vessels hit the water and new bunkering operations are planned.

Methanol marine fuel related developments for Week 23 of 2024:

ExxonMobil Expands Marine Biofuels Offering for Shipping Industry
Date: June 4th, 2024

Key Points: ExxonMobil is expanding its marine biofuels offering, actively engaging with multiple customers, including Hapag Lloyd and Wallenius Wilhelmsen. Recent deliveries from its Fawley refinery to several UK ports have demonstrated successful biofuel use without engine modifications. Biofuels are expected to play a significant role in the first phase of shipping's decarbonization, with a future shift towards methanol, ammonia, and hydrogen. ExxonMobil is exploring technologies and pathways to meet the industry's low-emission fuel needs.

DNV: Growing Demand for Methanol-Fueled Vessels Evident in May Newbuild Orders
Date: June 4th, 2024

Key Points: DNV's recent data shows a significant increase in orders for methanol-fueled vessels, with 23 out of 33 new orders in May being methanol-powered. This trend highlights the maritime industry’s growing appetite for methanol as a viable alternative fuel, driven by its lower emissions and alignment with decarbonization goals. Methanol's role is increasingly pivotal as the shipping sector seeks sustainable and compliant fuel options to meet future environmental regulations.

NKT Orders Methanol-Powered Cable-Laying Vessel
Date: June 5th, 2024

Key Points: NKT has ordered a 176-meter dual-fuel cable-laying vessel, the NKT Eleonora, capable of running on methanol, HVO, and MDO. Scheduled for operation in 2027, this vessel reflects NKT's commitment to sustainability and enhancing installation capacity. The decision to build a methanol-fueled vessel aligns with NKT’s strategic goal of providing greener power cable solutions, supporting the industry's shift towards environmentally friendly fuels.

Hagland Shipping Orders Methanol-Convertible Bulk Carriers
Date: June 5th, 2024

Key Points: Hagland Shipping has ordered four 5,000 DWT dry bulk carriers from Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes. These vessels are designed to be easily converted to methanol propulsion in the future, reducing CO2 emissions by 40-50% and NOx emissions by 90-95% compared to the oldest ships in their fleet. The first ship is expected to be delivered by the end of 2025, enhancing Hagland's commitment to sustainability and emission reduction in Northern Europe and the Baltic region.

Headway Technology Group Opens New Office in Greece
Date: June 6th, 2024

Key Points: Headway Technology Group (Qingdao) Co., Ltd. has inaugurated a new office in Greece, coinciding with the first day of the Posidonia 2024 exhibition. This expansion aims to strengthen Headway's presence in the European low-carbon shipping sector, providing enhanced technical support and services. The new office will showcase Headway's methanol fuel supply systems and other green technologies, reinforcing their commitment to sustainable maritime solutions and supporting the global shift towards low-emission shipping practices.

Vopak Partners to Establish Green Methanol Bu Methanol Bunkering in China
Date: June 6th, 2024

Key Points: Vopak has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the vice mayor of Tianjin to develop a green methanol bunkering operation in Northern China's Tianjin port. This initiative aims to repurpose existing infrastructure for new energy projects, positioning Tianjin as a crucial logistics hub for green methanol development. The partnership with Tianjin Port Group underscores Vopak's commitment to supporting sustainable maritime fuels and contributing to the global energy transition.

New Methanol-Ready Fallpipe Vessel Named "Yellowstone"
Date: June 7th, 2024

Key Points: DEME Group's new fallpipe vessel, the 37,000 DWT "Yellowstone," has been officially named in a ceremony held in Zeebrugge, Belgium. The vessel, designed for future conversion to methanol dual-fuel propulsion, features a hybrid power plant with a 1 MWh Li-ion battery. The naming ceremony, attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid, underscores DEME's commitment to innovation and sustainability in marine operations.


Photo credit: The Methanol Institute
Published: 14 June 2024

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (13 June 2024)

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





Baltic bunker report 13 June

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


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

Island Oil Limited, Cockett Marine Oil Pte, Monjasa A/S, KPI OceanConnect


Photo credit and source: Baltic Exchange
Published: 14 June 2024

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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (13 June 2024)

Availability tight in NOLA; low bunker demand in GOLA; bad weather disrupts Freeport bunkering.






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:

  • Availability tight in NOLA
  • Low bunker demand in GOLA
  • Bad weather disrupts Freeport bunkering

North America

Bunker demand has remained good in Houston and several other locations along the US Gulf Coast this week. Availability of all fuel grades has been normal for prompt supply in Houston. Several suppliers in Houston have ample VLSFO and LSMGO availability and are actively offering stems for prompt deliveries. VLSFO stems for non-prompt dates were being fixed at as low as $567/mt on Thursday.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO supply is available in Bolivar Roads and Beaumont. However, bunker deliveries in these locations remain subject to weather conditions and the availability of anchorage spaces, a source says.

Availability has tightened in the New Orleans Outer Anchorage’s (NOLA) this week. One supplier requires 7–10 days to deliver VLSFO and LSMGO stems in NOLA.

Bunkering was proceeding normally in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) on Thursday amid good weather conditions. The weather is forecast to remain calm over the weekend and into next week. Overall, demand has been very low this week at the anchorage.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on the West Coast have experienced a notable surge in demand this week. One contributing factor could be the competitive bunker prices in the twin ports compared to prices seen in other West Coast ports like Seattle and Vancouver.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability has been better than normal in Los Angeles and Long Beach. One supplier can supply both grades with a lead time of just four days, which is much shorter than the typical 7-9 days observed in these ports.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO are available in the East Coast port of New York.

Baltimore’s main shipping channel has been restored to its full depth and width after the removal of debris from the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse. Bunker demand has been steady there, and most suppliers are able to offer stems with a lead time of 5-7 days.

Caribbean and Latin America

Bunker fuel availability has been normal in the Panamanian ports of Balboa and Cristobal. At least four suppliers can offer all bunker grades in Balboa, with lead times of up to seven days.

Demand has surged for Balboa compared to Cristobal for prompt dates.

Bunker operations were suspended in the Bahamas’ Freeport on Thursday due to strong wind gusts of up to 27 knots. The weather is expected to remain rough until Saturday, which could cause prolonged delays and disruptions.

Operations were also suspended in Argentina's Zona Comun anchorage on Thursday due to adverse weather conditions. The area was experiencing strong wind gusts of up to 30 knots, making barge deliveries difficult there.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO remains tight in Zona Commune for prompt dates. One supplier can offer VLSFO stems at the anchorage only for deliveries after 20 June, a source says.

In Brazil, bunker demand has been low across most ports, including Santos and Rio de Janeiro. Several suppliers are able to offer stems with a lead time of 5-7 days.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee


Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 14 June, 2024

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