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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

VLSFO availability good in Zhoushan; VLSFO and LSMGO normal across Indonesian ports; weather to hit bunkering in Colombo.




ENGINE East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

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 good in Zhoushan
  • VLSFO and LSMGO normal across Indonesian ports
  • Weather to hit bunkering in Colombo



Availability of VLSFO remains tight in Singapore with lead times remaining almost steady on the week, at 11-13 days. Demand for the grade remains okay at the port, a source says.

Lead times of 9-12 days are recommended for HSFO in Singapore, compared to much shorter lead times of 5-6 days for LSMGO.

Singapore’s residual fuel oil stocks have remained steady with November levels so far this month, despite a 21% decline in net fuel oil imports, according to Enterprise Singapore. Fuel oil imports have fallen by 25% in Singapore so far in December. The port’s fuel oil exports have slumped 32% lower, but from a smaller base.

Singapore’s middle distillate stocks, meanwhile, have averaged 3% lower so far this month than in November.


East Asia

VLSFO availability remains good in Zhoushan with lead times 2-3 days advised. However, weather disruptions can delay deliveries in the port during the winter, and rough weather conditions are forecast until 25 December, a source says.

LSMGO cane be delivered prompt and requires around four days of lead time in Zhoushan. The arrival of replenishment cargoes has eased the tightness for the grade.

Availability of HSFO remains tight in the Chinese bunkering hub, with recommended lead times subject to enquiry. Replenishment cargo volumes are only expected to arrive in early January, which might alleviate the situation, a source says.

Availability across all grades remain fairly good in Hong Kong, with lead times of around seven days.

Meanwhile, recommended lead times for VLSFO across South Korean ports have halved from last week, to seven days now. Availability, however, remains tight for the grade despite low demand, a source says.

Lead times for LSMGO and HSFO are around a week out in South Korea's southern ports. Deliveries of the grades remain subject to barge availability.

Bunkering in South Korean ports of Busan, Onsan and Incheon might be impacted by weather-related disruptions in the later part of the week, a source says.

LSMGO availability is normal in the Philippines' Manila, with lead times of three days, as suppliers require approval from customs.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO is normal in Indonesian ports. One supplier can deliver prompt stems.


South Asia

Availability of both VLSFO and LSMGO remains good in India’s Mumbai. Recommended lead times for the grade are prompt at around two days.

Mundra on India’s northwest coast has good availability of VLSFO and HSFO, with lead times of five days.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability remains normal in Visakhapatnam on India’s southwestern coast. One supplier can also accommodate HSFO stems for prompt delivery, but these are typically subject to enquiry.

One supplier in Sri Lanka’s Colombo can offer all the grades, with short lead times of around four days. However, potential bunker disruptions are anticipated at the port from Wednesday afternoon through to Thursday, when strong winds are forecast.


Middle East

Recommended lead times are 8-9 days ahead for all fuel grades in Fujairah. Some suppliers can offer prompt stems for all the grades. The UAE port has been witnessing high demand for the past weeks, a source says.

Prompt delivery dates for LSMGO are available across the Omani ports of Duqm, Sohar, Salalah and Muscat.

By Tuhin Roy


Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 21 December, 2022

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GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the “TIHAMA”, a 19,870 TEU container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd in final trial; marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022.





GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) on Thursday (18 July) said it has successfully completed its final supply chain trial for biofuel blended with very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). 

This marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022 as part of a larger pilot to develop a framework to provide quality, quantity and GHG abatement assurances for drop-in fuels.

In this final trial, bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the TIHAMA, a 19,870 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd.

The biofuel component used is certified to the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standard – a multistakeholder certification scheme for biobased materials. The biofuel component comprised neat Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) produced from food waste.

Authentix, a tracer solutions provider, supplied and dosed the FAME with an organic-based tracer at the storage terminal outside the Netherlands. The dosed FAME was then transported to the Port of Rotterdam for blending with VLSFO to achieve a B30 blend, before the blend was bunkered onboard the TIHAMA.

Similar to previous trials, GCMD engaged fuel testing company Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) to witness the operations at all stages – from biofuel cargo transfer to bunkering. VPS also collected and conducted extensive laboratory tests on samples of the biofuel and biofuel blend collected at pre-determined points along the supply chain to assess quality per Standards EN 14214 and ISO 8217.

With well-to-wake emissions of 13.74 gCO2e/MJ, the neat FAME presented a 85.4% emissions reduction compared to the emissions of the fossil marine fuel. The reduced emissions complies with the MEPC 80, which requires a minimum emissions reduction of 65% in order for biofuels to be classified as sustainable.

GCMD and Hapag-Lloyd determined that consumption of the 4,500 MT B30 blend of FAME and VLSFO resulted in 27.9% emissions reduction compared to sailing on VLSFO.

A newly developed tracer deployed with this supply chain

GCMD collaborated with Authentix to develop and deploy a new organic-based tracer to authenticate the origin and verify the amount of FAME present in the blend. The proprietary tracer blended homogeneously with FAME and was detected at expected concentrations at all sampling points along the supply chain.

This trial marks the first deployment of this tracer in a marine fuel supply chain. Previously, similar tracers were used to authenticate and quantify biofuels in road transport and LPG supply chains.

Development of a comprehensive biofuels assurance framework underway

With the completion of this trial, GCMD has deployed a diverse range of tracer technologies, including synthetic DNA and element-based tracers, in addition to the organic-based tracer used in this trial. The trials have also included the development of a chemical fingerprinting methodology and the evaluation of lock-and-seal and automatic identification systems (AIS) as additional solutions to ensure the integrity of the biofuels supply chain.

Learnings on tracer limitations and benefits will be incorporated into a framework that recommends appropriate use to ensure consistent and robust performance. This effort will complement existing ISCC by providing additional supply chain assurance through physical traceability.

The insights from these trials will be shared in a series of reports covering issues, such as traceability, biofuel degradation, supply chain optimisation and abatement costs. These findings will culminate in a comprehensive assurance framework to provide guidance on biofuels use, slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2024.


Photo credit: Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
Published: 19 July 2024

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MPA, ITOCHU and partners sign MoU on ammonia-fuelled bulk carriers study

As a government agency, MPA,will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations, says ClassNK.





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Classification society ClassNK on Thursday (18 July) said it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ITOCHU Corporation, Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd., and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) regarding a joint study for the design and safety specifications of ammonia-fuelled ships which are under development by ITOCHU and partners.

“The discussion for a specification of ammonia-fuelled ships with a governmental body related to their operation is essential for a social implementation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK said. 

“As one of parties of the MoU, MPA, a government agency overseeing the world’s busiest bunkering hub, will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations.”

The MoU is based on the premise that 200,000 deadweight ton class bulk carriers will be built by Nihon Shipyard with an ammonia dual-fuelled engine.

“The necessary clarifications of the specification for the ammonia-fueled ship to carry out ammonia bunkering in Singapore will be conducted among parties of this MoU, for the commercialisation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK added.


Photo credit: Venti Views on Unsplash
Published: 19 July 2024

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“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels “Viking Ocean”, “Viking Diamond” and “Viking Coral” while bunkering in Singapore, says Gram Car Carriers.





“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Norwegian transportation firm Gram Car Carriers (GCC) on Thursday (18 July) said Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” LINE) will use biofuel on three vessels chartered from GCC from July onwards. 

“The biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels Viking Ocean, Viking Diamond and Viking Coral while bunkering in Singapore, an Asian hub for marine biofuels,” GCC said on its social media. 

“The use of biofuel is a key environmental initiative to reduce emissions across the entire value chain (well-to-exhaust) and an effective way of transitioning to low-carbon marine fuels amid globally tightening environmental regulations.”

“We support the green mobility shift. This means that GCC commit to supporting the transition of both vehicles and their logistic chain towards a zero-emission future in close cooperation with leading customers such as K-Line,” said Georg A. Whist, CEO of GCC.


Photo credit: Gram Car Carriers
Published: 19 July 2024

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