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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (5 Dec 2023)

VLSFO availability tight in Singapore and Zhoushan; bunker fuel availability tight in Tokyo; VLSFO almost out of stock in 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:

  • VLSFO availability tight in Singapore and Zhoushan
  • Bunker fuel availability tight in Tokyo
  • VLSFO almost out of stock in Omani ports

Singapore

Prompt VLSFO availability remains super tight in Singapore. Recommended lead times for the grade range up to 12-16 days. Several suppliers need more than seven days to deliver VLSFO stems in Singapore, a trader says.

At least seven bunker suppliers in Singapore are currently facing tight delivery schedules, a source claims.

HSFO availability also remains tight for both prompt and non-prompt delivery dates in Singapore. Lead times of 14-15 days are recommended for the grade. The grade is even more difficult to secure for stem size of below 500 mt, partly because only a few suppliers can offer them and these are typically priced at steep premiums, a source explains.

LSMGO availability is relatively better than the other two grades in Singapore. Shorter lead times of around five days are recommended for smaller stems, while lead times of more than seven days are recommended for larger stems, a source says.

According to Enterprise Singapore, the port’s residual fuel oil stocks averaged 1% lower in November than in October. Fuel oil imports declined by 20% in November and to their lowest level since May. Fuel oil exports also fell by 22% last month.

Fuel oil cargoes into Singapore primarily arrived from Russia (23% of the total imports), followed by Brazil (10%) and Malaysia (9%) in November, according to cargo tracker Vortexa data.

The port’s middle distillate stocks, however, surged 12% in November.

China, East Asia and Oceania

VLSFO availability remains tight for both prompt and non-prompt delivery dates in Zhoushan. Lack of inflows of VLSFO replenishment cargoes has tightened the supply of the grade there, a source says. Several suppliers are running low on stocks and have refrained from providing lead times. Deliveries of the grade remain subject to enquiries.

In contrast, HSFO and LSMGO availability is normal in the Chinese bunker hub. Lead times of 3-5 days are recommended for HSFO, and 2-4 days for LSMGO.

In northern China, VLSFO and LSMGO supply is good in Dalian. In Tianjin, VLSFO availability is good, but LSMGO and HSFO supply is tight, with deliveries subject to enquiries. In Qingdao, prompt VLSFO and LSMGO availability is limited, and HSFO availability is also subject to enquiry.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is tight for prompt delivery dates in the southern Chinese ports of Shanghai and Xiamen. HSFO availability is under pressure in Shanghai, as it has been in recent weeks.

Bunker fuel availability is normal in Hong Kong. Lead times of 5-7 days are recommended for all grades in the port, a source says.

Lead times for VLSFO deliveries varied widely between 5-12 days in southern ports in South Korea. Meanwhile, one supplier is able to supply the grade for prompt delivery dates. HSFO requires lead times of 5-10 days.

Bunker fuel availability is normal in western ports in South Korea, where lead times of five days are recommended.

Availability has tightened for all grades in the Japanese port of Tokyo. Lead times of 10-12 days are generally recommended there, up from seven days last week. One Japanese refinery is experiencing delays at one of the product loadings/unloading berths, which has resulted in tight bunker fuel availability in Tokyo, a source says.

Most suppliers in Japan will likely accept new bunker orders until 21 December, before the Christmas and New Year holidays, the source added.

Adverse weather conditions are forecast to hit the Kiwi port of Tauranga on Thursday, which could impact bunkering there.

South Asia

All grades remain in normal availability in India’s Mumbai port. One supplier can supply the grades with lead times of up to two days.

Cyclone Michaung over the southwest Bay of Bengal Sea and the adjoining areas could impact port operations in Bangladesh, according to GAC Hot Port News. Cyclone warning has also been issued in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in India. Strong wind gusts of 24 knots are forecast to hit India’s east coast port Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, which could impact bunker operations in the port.

Middle East

Prompt availability remains tight in the UAE port of Fujairah. Lead times of 9-10 days are generally recommended for all bunker fuel grades in the port, slightly up from 7-10 days in the previous week. Bunker demand has been robust in Fujairah, resulting in further tightened supply there, a source says.

VLSFO is almost out of stock in most Omani ports. One major Omani supplier has taken a VLSFO bunker tanker offline because of low demand for the grade and high barge operating costs. This has increased supply pressure on the grade there, a trader says. The grade is only available in the southern port of Salalah in Oman.

LSMGO availability is normal across most Omani ports, including Sohar and Salalah. Lead times of 1-2 days are generally recommended in Sohar.

By Nithin Chandran

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

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (22 February, 2024)

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

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (22 February, 2024)

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

Commentary:

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 on Thursdays

Panellists:
Island Oil Limited, Cockett Marine Oil Pte, Monjasa A/S, KPI OceanConnect, Transparensea Fuels

 

Photo credit and source: Baltic Exchange
Published: 23 February, 2024

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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (22 Feb 2024)

Availability improves in Houston; bad weather could impact Zona Comun bunkering; tight availability off Trinidad.

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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:

  • Availability improves in Houston
  • Bad weather could impact Zona Comun bunkering
  • Tight availability off Trinidad

North America

Bunker demand has been strong this week in Houston and several other ports along the US Gulf Coast. Availability of all fuel grades has improved this week for prompt supply in Houston. VLSFO and LSMGO grades are generally in good supply with suppliers in the Houston area. Most suppliers can deliver stems with lead times of 5-7 days. HSFO needs a longer lead time of more than seven days.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO has also improved for prompt dates in Bolivar Roads. However, deliveries are still subject to weather conditions and anchorage schedules, a source says. One supplier is able to deliver LSMGO stems in the area with a lead time of five days.

Calmer weather conditions in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) have allowed suppliers to smoothly carry out bunker operations after previous bad weather-triggered disruptions. Nevertheless, strong wind gusts of up to 34 knots are forecast for Thursday, which could impact bunkering.

Some suppliers in GOLA can supply VLSFO and LSMGO grades with lead times of 4-5 days.

Demand has slowed in the West Coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, after demand rose last week. Lead times of more than seven days are generally recommended for VLSFO and LSMGO deliveries.

Suppliers are able to deliver LSMGO and VLSFO stems within 3-4 days of lead time in the East Coast port of New York.

Caribbean and Latin America

VLSFO and LSMGO prompt availability is normal in Panama’s Balboa and Cristobal. Several suppliers can offer stems within 3-5 days of lead time. Bunker demand has been low at both ports.

Prompt availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is tight off Trinidad. One supplier is unable to offer LSMGO and HSFO stems for delivery dates before 8 March.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO supply has remained very tight in Argentina’s Zona Comun. Strong wind gusts are forecast to hit the region over the weekend, which could cause prolonged delays and disruptions, a source says.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 23 February 2024

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ENGINE: Europe & Africa Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (21 Feb 2024)

Rough weather off Skaw may impact bunkering; non-prompt availability is good in Canary Islands; LSMGO running dry in Durban.

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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:

  • Rough weather off Skaw may impact bunkering
  • Non-prompt availability is good in Canary Islands
  • LSMGO running dry in Durban

Northwest Europe

In the ARA hub, availability is normal across all grades. Lead times of 4-6 days are recommended for HSFO and 5-7 days for VLSFO, a trader says. Meanwhile, LSMGO availability is normal for prompt delivery dates with 2-4 days of lead times.

The ARA’s independently held fuel oil stocks have averaged 3% lower so far this month than across January, according to Insights Global data.

The region has imported 121,000 b/d of fuel oil in February so far, down from 222,000 b/d in January, according to cargo tracker Vortexa data. The ARA hub has imported low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) and HSFO in a 63/37 ratio in February so far, unlike in January, when the ratio was tilted more towards HSFO at 48/52.

Sweden continues to be the ARA hub’s biggest fuel oil import source so far this month, accounting for 22% of the ARA’s total imports. The UK (20%) has ranked second, followed by Germany (17%), Poland (16%) and Denmark (11%).

The ARA hub’s independent gasoil inventories — which include diesel and heating oil — have increased by 6% so far this month. The ARA has imported 203,000 b/d so far this month, down from 399,000 b/d of gasoil imported in January.

In the German port of Hamburg, lead times of 3-5 days are still recommended for all three grades.

Off Skaw, HSFO is available only for non-prompt delivery dates and can require lead times of 7-10 days. VLSFO and LSMGO grades are available with comparatively shorter lead times of 5-7 days. Adverse weather is forecast off Skaw for the remaining days of this week and could disrupt bunkering, port agent MH Bland said.

Mediterranean

In Gibraltar, lead times of 6-8 days are recommended for HSFO and 5-6 days for VLSFO. LSMGO can be secured with shorter lead times of 2-4 days. Strong wind gusts of 25-28 knots are forecast to hit the Gibraltar Strait between Thursday and Friday. High winds could impact bunkering in the ports there.

In Ceuta, VLSFO and LSMGO availability are normal. Most suppliers can offer both grades for prompt delivery dates, according to a source.

Availability is normal for non-prompt delivery dates in the Canary Islands ports of Las Palmas and Tenerife. Bunkering in Las Palmas was disrupted on Wednesday because of wind gusts of nearly 25 knots and waves of over 1.5 meters, according to a source.

Rough weather conditions off Malta are likely to impact bunkering at some anchorage locations on Wednesday and over the weekend. Most suppliers can deliver stems for prompt dates, but these deliveries are subject to weather conditions, a trader told ENGINE.

In the Greek port of Piraeus, availability has improved for all grades. The weather is currently calm at the port, but strong wind gusts in the range of 21-31 knots are forecast in the area over the weekend.

Bunker fuel availability is normal in the Turkish port of Istanbul at the moment, with suppliers able to offer grades for prompt delivery dates. Calm weather is forecast for the rest of this week.

Meanwhile, bunkering is progressing normally in the Portuguese ports of Lisbon and Sines. VLSFO and LSMGO availability are normal in these ports.

Africa

LSMGO supply is dry at both Durban and Richards Bay in South Africa. VLSFO supply is available, but lead times of up to two weeks are recommended for the grade, according to a trader.

As a result, several vessels are diverting towards Port Louis for bunkering. However, bunkering in the Mauritius port can be difficult at the moment because of a cyclone warning. Bunker operations in the anchorage area were suspended on Wednesday. Port Louis is unlikely to resume operations before 24 February, which could lead to bunker congestion, MH Bland said.

By Manjula Nair

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 22 February, 2024

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