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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (24 Oct 2023)

VLSFO tight amid loading delays in Singapore; chemical tankers to boost biofuel blending ratios; biofuel demand yet to materialise in China.

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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 tight amid loading delays in Singapore
  • Chemical tankers to boost biofuel blending ratios
  • Biofuel demand yet to materialise in China

Singapore

VLSFO availability has tightened in Singapore. Barge loading delays at fuel terminals have held back bunker deliveries and put pressure on schedules, a source says. Lead times of 9-11 days are now advised for good coverage from suppliers, up from 8-10 days last week.

A recent influx of fuel oil imports from Russia, the UAE and Malaysia has increased Singapore’s net import surplus to 5 million bbls this month, and boosted stocks some. But as with middle distillates, Singapore fuel oil inventories remain far below their five-year average position.

Singapore’s biofuel bunker suppliers have been restricted to delivering biofuel blends with more than 25% biofuel. The standard grade in the port has been B24 (24% biofuel) as suppliers want to leave a margin for error when they load their bunker tankers with blended biofuels.

Vitol is looking to shake up the B24 market by bringing chemical tankers into its fleet, which will allow it to supply biofuel bunker blends up to B100 (100%) in Singapore. It expects to take delivery of the first of these vessels in January, with more to follow later next year.

China and South Korea

Meanwhile, the B24 norm has spread to Hong Kong, where Banle Energy was first out of the blocks by delivering a B24 biofuel blend to a tanker in July. Chimbusco Pan Nation and Helmsman Supply followed suit by offering blends of up to B24 in Hong Kong a few weeks later.

Sinobunker in Guangzhou then sourced a cargo from Hong Kong to launch biofuel bunkering. And this followed hard on the heels of Zhejiang Seaport International Trading becoming the first supplier to offer biofuels in mainland China.

Biofuel bunker demand has since been tepid in China, according to sources. Suppliers are keen to lock in term contract volumes to do away with some of the uncertainty of bringing in cargoes. A liquid spot market has failed to materialise in Chinese ports just yet. But they could – like several other global ports for ocean-going ships – see an uptick in demand if vessels trading in and out of Europe from next year, when the EU’s Emission Trading System (EU ETS) starts getting phased in. The ETS will make it more expensive to burn carbon-heavy conventional marine fuels and more attractive to blend in some biofuel.

For now, however, China’s biofuel bunker market is nascent, and at least two weeks of lead time is needed to supply bio-blended stems in Guangzhou, a source says. Prices are not indicated, only given as firm offers.

Back to conventional bunker fuels, Zhoushan has seen improved weather conditions since operations were halted at the end of last week. 3-5 days of lead time is recommended for bunker stems, while some suppliers can offer smaller VLSFO quantities – typically below 500 mt – on prompter dates.

VLSFO is still particularly tight in South Korean ports, where as much as 9-14 days of lead time is advised.

Middle East

Around 4-5 days of lead time is advised for all grades in Fujairah. This is normal and there have not been any major supply disruptions of note, according to a source. Fujairah’s VLSFO grade has been priced at discounts to Singapore and Zhoushan for the most part of the past month.

VLSFO supply has run out in Oman’s Duqm, where a supplier is working on a resupply cargo and no definite earliest delivery date has been given.

By Erik Hoffmann

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 25 October, 2023

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (28 May 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 (28 May 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: 29 May, 2024

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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (28 May 2024)

HSFO supply is tight in Zhoushan; LSMGO and VLSFO availability is good across several Chinese ports; several South Korean 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 supply is tight in Zhoushan
  • LSMGO and VLSFO availability is good across several Chinese ports
  • Several South Korean ports could face weather disruptions

Singapore and Malaysia

Lead times for VLSFO in Singapore have experienced notable fluctuations recently. Most suppliers recommend lead times of up to nine days for this grade, while some can accommodate stems in as little as two days in port. This has improved from the week prior, when traders recommended longer lead times ranging between 5-10 days.

HSFO supply remains limited in the port, with recommended lead times unchanged at 9-12 days. Lead times for LSMGO vary widely, ranging between 2-8 days.

Singapore’s residual fuel oil stocks have averaged 7% lower so far in May compared to April, according to Enterprise Singapore. Despite a significant 25% increase in the port's net fuel imports this month, Singapore’s fuel oil stocks have fallen below 19 million bbls. Fuel oil imports have increased by 1 million bbls, surpassing the 106,000-bbl growth in exports this month. The port’s middle distillate stocks have also declined, averaging 3% lower for the month.

In Malaysia's Port Klang, VLSFO and LSMGO grades are readily available, with recommended lead times of 3-5 days. Some suppliers can provide even faster deliveries for smaller parcel sizes. However, HSFO availability remains constrained due to limited product availability.

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

China, East Asia and Oceania

Prompt availability of VLSFO and LSMGO grades remains constrained in Zhoushan, with suppliers recommending lead times of 5-7 days, unchanged from last week. HSFO supply has tightened due to the suspension of operations at the Dading oil terminal after a recent oil spill incident. Most suppliers are advising lead times of over two weeks for HSFO there, according to a source.

In Northern China, the availability of VLSFO and LSMGO grades is said to be good in the Dalian port. Similarly, both grades are readily available in Qingdao and Tianjin, though HSFO supply is limited in these ports. In Shanghai, VLSFO and LSMGO availability remain normal, while HSFO supply has been scarce. In Fuzhou and Xiamen, VLSFO and LSMGO grades are readily available. In Guangzhou and Yangpu, prompt availability of both low-sulphur fuel grades remains limited.

In Taiwanese ports including Hualien, Kaohsiung, Taichung and Keelung, the availability of VLSFO and LSMGO remains good, with lead times remaining at 2-3 days.

In Hong Kong, all grades are readily available, with recommended lead times of 3-5 days, while certain suppliers can provide faster deliveries for smaller parcel sizes.

Strong wind gusts of 21-27 knots and swells of close to two metres are forecast to hit the port between Tuesday and Wednesday, which might impact bunker deliveries in Hong Kong.

In South Korean ports, bunker demand has seen an improvement compared to last week, according to a source. Lead times for VLSFO and LSMGO range between 3-10 days, contrasting with the shorter lead times of around four days observed last week. HSFO availability has become tighter, with most suppliers recommending lead times of 8-10 days – a significant increase from around four days last week.

Bunker operations in several South Korean ports, including Ulsan, Onsan, Busan, Daesan, Taean, and Yeosu, may experience intermittent bunkering disruptions throughout the week due to anticipated adverse weather conditions.

High bunker prices in Japanese ports continue to dent bunker demand in the country. Tokyo's VLSFO was priced about $27-28/mt higher than VLSFO prices in Zhoushan and Singapore on Tuesday. Lead times varied widely across major Japanese ports, with approximately seven days in Tokyo, Chiba, Osaka, Kobe Nagoya, and Yokkaichi, and longer periods ranging from 11-15 days in Mizushima and Oita.

In Western Australia, suppliers in Kwinana and Fremantle ports can offer VLSFO and LSMGO, typically with lead times ranging from 7-8 days. In New South Wales, LSMGO is readily available in Sydney, while HSFO supply is mostly available upon enquiry. In Victoria, Melbourne offers good availability of VLSFO and LSMGO, with ample VLSFO supply also found in Geelong. However, prompt HSFO supply can be limited in both Victorian ports.

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

In New Zealand, VLSFO supply in Tauranga and Auckland is ample, and LSMGO supply remains satisfactory in Auckland. Anticipated adverse weather conditions in Tauranga from Tuesday to Friday may impact bunker operations.

Likewise, rough weather is predicted in the Thai ports of Koh Sichang and Leam Chabang on Saturday, potentially posing challenges for bunker deliveries in these ports.

South Asia

In several Indian ports, including Mumbai, Kandla, Tuticorin, Chennai, Cochin, Visakhapatnam, and Haldia, availability of VLSFO and LSMGO has been limited due to supply shortages. One supplier in Paradip is nearly depleted of VLSFO and LSMGO stocks.

Vessel movements and cargo operations at Haldia resumed on Tuesday following the passing of cyclone Remal, which transitioned from a cyclonic storm on Monday to a deep depression by Tuesday, as reported by GAC Hot Port News.

Adverse weather conditions are expected intermittently throughout the week at Sikka, Kandla, and Cochin ports in India, potentially disrupting bunker operations.

The Sri Lankan port of Colombo offers abundant VLSFO and LSMGO supply, with lead times of around two days recommended there. Adverse weather conditions may impact bunker deliveries at the port between Tuesday and Friday.

Middle East

At the UAE port of Fujairah, bunker demand for all grades remains low. However, availability for immediate delivery is still limited, with most suppliers requiring lead times of 5-7 days.

Similarly, at the UAE port of Khor Fakkan, lead times of 5-7 days are common among suppliers.

In Saudi Arabia's Jeddah port, there is enough supply of VLSFO and LSMGO. In Djibouti, some suppliers are facing shortages of VLSFO, although LSMGO remains unaffected.

LSMGO is easily accessible in Omani ports, including Sohar, Salalah, Muscat, and Duqm.

By Tuhin Roy

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 29 May 2024

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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (23 May 2024)

Good availability in Houston; low demand in New York; availability remains tight in Rio Grande.

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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:

  • Good availability in Houston
  • Low demand in New York
  • Availability remains tight in Rio Grande

North America

Bunker demand has started to pick up again in Houston this week, after subdued demand noted in the previous week. Availability of all grades is normal, and most suppliers are able to timely deliver stems due to good weather conditions.

Currently, most suppliers are able to offer VLSFO and LSMGO stems with a lead time of 3-4 days, down from last week’s 5-6 days. HSFO can also be secured within five days of lead time, a source says.

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

Strong wind gusts of up to 29 knots were reported in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) on Thursday morning. Despite this, bunkering was mostly unaffected in GOLA.

Demand has been good in GOLA this week, and several suppliers are offering stems for prompt dates as well as for dates further out.

Demand has dropped in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. VLSFO and LSMGO availability have held better in both ports. One supplier can offer LSMGO stems with a lead time of 3-4 days. Lead times of 5-7 days are still recommended for the grade to ensure full coverage from suppliers and in order to avoid price premiums for faster deliveries, a trader said.

All grades remain in normal supply for prompt dates in the East Coast port of New York. Overall, bunker demand has slowed in New York this week.

Port operations and bunkering activities have returned to normal in Baltimore after the cargo ship Dali was successfully removed on Monday. The port has not yet seen a significant increase in bunker demand, but traders anticipate more demand in June.

Caribbean and Latin America

Bunker fuel demand has dropped in Panama's Balboa port this week compared to robust demand observed in the previous weeks. Product availability is good, with several suppliers able to supply all fuel grades with a lead time of 3-4 days.

Prompt availability of both VLSFO and LSMGO has been tight off Trinidad, and delivery prospects are mostly subject to enquiries, a source says. The earliest delivery dates with one supplier can stretch out to the first week of June.

VLSFO and LSMGO grades are available at Argentina’s Zona Comun anchorage, with recommended lead times of 6-7 days. Bunker demand has been good in the past week. While calmer weather conditions have enabled suppliers to deliver stems on time, adverse weather is predicted to hit the region on Thursday evening, potentially affecting bunker operations in Zona Comun.

Bunker fuel availability has been normal in the Brazilian ports of Santos, Salvador and Paranaguá. Several suppliers are able to offer stems with a lead time of 5-6 days. In other Brazilian ports like Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande and Itaqui availability remains tight.

In Rio Grande, availability remains tight because of recent flooding in the area. Bunkering is available in the anchorage and berth areas, but these deliveries are subject to approval from the port authority, a source says.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 24 May, 2024

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