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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (14 Nov 2023)

VLSFO and HSFO availability tight in Singapore; prompt availability tight for all grades in Zhoushan; several East Asian ports could face weather disruptions.

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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:

  • VLSFO and HSFO availability tight in Singapore
  • Prompt availability tight for all grades in Zhoushan
  • Several East Asian ports could face weather disruptions

Singapore

Singapore has seen “quiet” demand so far this week, a trader says. VLSFO has been persistently tight in the Southeast Asian bunker hub as some suppliers are facing tight delivery schedules. A source explains this is because terminal loadings have been jammed as there are several tankers loading and discharging cargoes. Lead times for the grade have gone up from 10-12 days to more than two weeks now.

Similarly, HSFO availability also remains tight at the port, with most suppliers now recommending lead times of more than two weeks – up from 10-12 days last week. LSMGO, on the other hand, remains in ample supply, with short lead times of 3-5 days.

Singapore’s residual fuel oil stocks have averaged 2% lower so far this month compared to October, according to Enterprise Singapore. The Southeast Asian bunker hub’s net fuel oil imports have plunged 68% and are at their lowest level since the beginning of this year. While Singapore’s fuel oil imports have dropped 40% so far this month, its exports have surged 35%.

The port’s middle distillate stocks, on the other hand, have risen 14% on the month.

China, East Asia and Oceania

Weather-induced disruptions and delayed replenishment of cargoes have kept prompt availability of all grades under pressure in Zhoushan. Meanwhile, bunker demand has shown signs of improvement in the Chinese bunkering hub, a trader says. This has contributed to further tighten bunker fuel availability in the port.

Most suppliers in Zhoushan are recommending lead times of 5-7 days for VLSFO and HSFO – almost unchanged from last week. LSMGO lead times have gone up from 3-5 days to 4-7 days now.

Bunker deliveries resumed at Zhoushan’s Tiaozhoumen and Xiazhimen outer anchorages on Tuesday after being suspended by bad weather last week. Four anchorages in the Chinese bunkering hub are operational now, a source says.

Meanwhile, the northern Chinese port of Dalian has good availability of VLSFO and LSMGO. Availability of VLSFO remains good in the nearby port of Tianjin as well, but LSMGO and HSFO remain under pressure, and deliveries are subject to enquiry. HSFO remains subject to enquiry in the other northern Chinese port of Qingdao, and prompt availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is tight there

Prompt supply of both grades remains tight in the southern Chinese ports of Shanghai and Xiamen. HSFO continues to remain under pressure in Shanghai, with deliveries subject to enquiry.

Guangzhou port has good availability of VLSFO, but LSMGO supply remains under pressure, with several suppliers recommending lead times of 5-7 days. Availability of both grades remains subject to enquiry in the southeastern port of Fuzhou.

On the other hand, both grades remain in good supply in the Chinese port of Yangpu.

Availability of all bunker fuel grades remains good in Hong Kong as it has been in recent weeks. Most suppliers are advising lead times of 5-7 days for all grades.

Strong wind gusts of 22-34 knots and swells of more than a metre are forecast in Hong Kong between Thursday and Friday, which could hamper bunkering in the port.

Strong winds and high waves are predicted to hit the southern South Korean ports of Busan, Ulsan, Onsan, Daesan, Taean and Yeosu from Friday, which may impact bunker operations until Sunday.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO has improved in South Korean ports amid “extremely quiet” bunker demand, a trader says. Most suppliers are recommending lead times of 2-4 days for both grades – down from 5-8 days last week. Availability HSFO, on the other hand, continues to remain tight in South Korea, with lead times of 5-13 days advised – virtually unchanged from last week.

Adverse weather conditions are also predicted in the Philippine port of Subic Bay between 14-16 November, in the Thai ports of Koh Sichang and Leam Chabang between 16-18 November, and the Vietnamese port of Hai Phong on 16 November, which might disrupt bunker deliveries in these ports.

Meanwhile, port operations have resumed fully at the Australian ports of Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne & Sydney on Monday, after being suspended for three days due to a cyber security incident, according to GAC Hot Port News.

South Asia

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO remains good in Kandla on India’s northwest coast and Cochin on the southern coast, with several suppliers advising short lead times of 2-3 days.

On the other hand, the Indian ports of Mumbai, Visakhapatnam, Haldia and Paradip have tight availability of both grades, with deliveries subject to availability. Bunker deliveries remain subject to enquiry in Tuticorin on the southeast coast as it has been in recent weeks.

Bad weather is forecast in the southern Indian port of Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, which might hamper bunker operations.

Middle East

Availability of all grades has tightened in Fujairah amid strong bunker demand, with lead times going up from 5-7 days last week to 7-10 days now.

The Omani ports of Duqm, Sohar, Salalah and Muscat have good availability of LSMGO, with prompt supply available.

By Tuhin Roy

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 15 November, 2023

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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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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (18 June 2024)

HSFO availability tight in Zhoushan; VLSFO and LSMGO availability good across several Chinese ports; several East Asian ports could face weather disruptions.

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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:

  • HSFO availability tight in Zhoushan
  • VLSFO and LSMGO availability good across several Chinese ports
  • Several East Asian ports could face weather disruptions

Singapore and Southeast Asia

Lead times for VLSFO in Singapore have fluctuated lately, with most suppliers now indicating up to 17 days. However, some can accommodate stems within seven days. This reflects tightness compared to the previous week, when traders suggested lead times ranging between 2-11 days.

HSFO supply in the port remains limited, with recommended lead times of 11-14 days, virtually unchanged from last week. For LSMGO, lead times vary between 3-7 days.

Singapore’s residual fuel oil stocks have averaged 5% higher so far this month compared to May, according to Enterprise Singapore’s latest data. Despite a significant 43% decline in the port's net fuel imports this month, fuel oil stocks have risen above 19 million bbls. Fuel oil imports have fallen by 1.66 million bbls this month, while fuel oil exports have increased by a modest 30,000 bbls. In contrast, Singapore’s middle distillate stocks have averaged 7% lower this month.

In Malaysia’s Port Klang, both VLSFO and LSMGO grades are in ample supply, with some suppliers able to provide prompt deliveries for smaller parcel sizes. HSFO availability remains constrained due to limited product availability.

In the Indonesian ports of Jakarta and Surabaya, VLSFO and LSMGO availability remains good. Additionally, the port of Balikpapan has ample VLSFO supply, with recommended lead times of around four days.

East Asia

VLSFO and LSMGO supply in Zhoushan remains strong, with most suppliers maintaining lead times of 3-5 days, unchanged from last week. HSFO availability has tightened in Zhoushan, with most suppliers running low on HSFO stocks. The high-sulphur grade's lead times may differ across suppliers and are subject to firm enquiry, compared to lead times of 7-10 days last week. Some suppliers expect replenishment stocks to arrive early next month.

In Northern China, both VLSFO and LSMGO grades are available at Dalian port. Similarly, these grades are readily available in Qingdao and Tianjin, although HSFO supply is limited in these ports. In Shanghai, VLSFO and LSMGO availability remains good, while HSFO supply is scarce. In Fuzhou and Xiamen, VLSFO and LSMGO grades are readily available. Conversely, in Guangzhou and Yangpu, prompt availability of both low sulphur fuel grades is restricted.

In the Taiwanese ports of Hualien, Kaohsiung, Taichung, and Keelung, both VLSFO and LSMGO grades remain readily available, with short lead times of 2-4 days, consistent with last week.

All grades remain in ample supply in Hong Kong, with recommended lead times of around seven days.

All bunker fuel grades are available in South Korean ports, with most suppliers recommending lead times of 3-9 days. Strong winds and high waves could potentially affect bunker operations at the South Korean ports of Ulsan, Onsan, Busan, Daesan, Taean, and Yeosu on Friday and Saturday.

In Japan, varying lead times are advised across key ports. Suppliers in Tokyo, Chiba, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya, and Yokkaichi recommend approximately 8-10 days of lead times, with longer lead times of 12-20 days in Mizushima and Oita.

The ports of Ho Chi Minh and Leam Chabang in Vietnam are bracing for inclement weather, which is expected to create difficult bunkering conditions intermittently during this week. Similarly, the Thai ports of Koh Sichang and Leam Chabang expect adverse weather from 21-24 June, potentially impacting bunker operations in these regions.

Oceania

In Western Australia, VLSFO and LSMGO are available in the ports of Kwinana, Fremantle, and Kembla, with typical lead times of 7-8 days. In New South Wales, Sydney has readily available LSMGO, while HSFO is mostly available upon inquiry. In Victoria, both Melbourne and Geelong offer good availability of VLSFO and LSMGO, though prompt HSFO supply can be limited. In Queensland, Brisbane and Gladstone maintain sufficient stocks of VLSFO and LSMGO, with lead times of 7-8 days, but HSFO availability is constrained in Brisbane.

In New Zealand, Tauranga and Auckland have ample VLSFO supply, and LSMGO supply is decent in Auckland. However, adverse weather conditions throughout this week may impact bunker operations.

South Asia

In several Indian ports, including Kandla, Tuticorin, Chennai, Cochin, Visakhapatnam, and Haldia, VLSFO and LSMGO availability has been restricted due to supply shortages.

Adverse weather conditions are intermittently predicted throughout the week in the ports of Sikka, Kandla, Cochin, and Visakhapatnam, potentially disrupting bunker operations in these locations.

Additionally, bad weather is forecast in the Sri Lankan port of Colombo over the weekend, which may impact bunker deliveries.

Middle East

In the UAE ports of Fujairah and Khor Fakkan, prompt availability of all grades is limited, with most suppliers requiring lead times of 5-7 days.

In Saudi Arabia's Jeddah port, VLSFO and LSMGO supply is ample. VLSFO supply is tight in nearby Djibouti, while LSMGO is more readily available there.

In Iraq's Basrah, both VLSFO and LSMGO are readily available, but both grades are tight in Ras Laffan, Qatar.

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

By Tuhin Roy

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 19 June 2024

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Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.7% in May 2024

4.83 million mt of various marine fuel grades were delivered at the world’s largest bunkering port in May, up from 4.53 million mt recorded during May 2023, according to MPA data.

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Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.7% in May 2024

Sales of bunker fuel at Singapore port increased by 6.7% on year during May 2024, according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) data.

In total, 4.83 million metric tonnes (mt) (exact 4,826,837 mt) of various marine fuel grades were delivered at the world’s largest bunkering port in May, up from 4.53 million mt (4,525,330 mt) recorded during May 2023.

Deliveries of marine fuel oil, low sulphur fuel oil, ultra low sulphur fuel oil, marine gas oil and marine diesel oil in May (against on year) recorded respectively 1.74 million mt (+20% from 1.45 million mt), 2.64 million mt (-2.2% from 2.70 million mt), zero (from zero), 14,300 mt (-48% from 27,500 mt) and zero (from zero).

Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.7% in May 2024

Bio-blended variants of marine fuel oil, low sulphur fuel oil, ultra low sulphur fuel oil, marine gas oil and marine diesel oil in May (against on year) recorded respectively 5,300 (-98.9% from 500), 48,400 mt (+39.9% from 34,600 mt), zero (from zero), zero (from zero) and 300 (from zero).

LNG and methanol sales were posted respectively at 48,800 mt (+587% from 7,100) and 1,626 (from zero).

The methanol sales for May 2024 was contributed by Singapore’s first simultaneous methanol bunkering and cargo operation (SIMOPS) when close to 300 mt was bunkered and another bunkering operation involving about 1,340 mt of methanol. 

Related: Singapore reaches new milestone with methanol bunkering op of “Stena Prosperous”
Related: First SIMOPS methanol bunkering operation completed in Singapore

Articles on Singapore bunker volumes for 2024:

Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales down by 0.6% on year in April 2024
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.4% on year in March 2024
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales up by 18.8% on year in February 2024
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales up by 12.1% on year in January 2024

A complete series of articles on Singapore bunker volumes by Manifold Times in 2023 can be found below:

Related: Singapore achieves milestone with record year for bunker sales in 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales fell 2.5% on year in November 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 3.5% on year in October 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 7.7% on year in September 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 3.4% on year in August 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 9.7% on year in July 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue to increase by 4.7% on year in June 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 11.8% on year in May 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 13.4% on year in April
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 10.8% on year in March
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, up 8.3% on year in February
Related: Singapore’s bunker sales kickstarts well with 8.6% increase on year in January 

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 18 June 2024

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