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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Demand weak in Fujairah; weather disruptions might hit several East Asian ports; LSMGO availability good in Omani ports.




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:

10 January 2023

  • Demand weak in Fujairah
  • Weather disruptions might hit several East Asian ports
  • LSMGO availability good in Omani ports



Singapore has been witnessing steady demand so far this week. The lead-up to the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year holiday might lend further support to demand, a source says. Recommended lead times for VLSFO remain almost unchanged from last week at 11-13 days.

Lead times of 12-14 days are recommended for HSFO in Singapore - also similar to last week. LSMGO availability is good in Singapore, with lead times of 3-5 days, which is slightly up from 2-4 days previously.

Singapore’s residual fuel oil stocks have averaged 3% higher so far in January than in December, despite a 2% decline in imports, according to Enterprise Singapore. Singapore’s fuel oil exports have plunged by 60%, resulting in a bigger net import surplus.

The port’s middle distillate stocks, meanwhile, have averaged 15% higher in the first few days of this month than in December.


East Asia

Zhoushan has been seeing improved demand so far this week, following a period of prolonged weakness, a source says. The port continues to price its VLSFO at competitive levels to attract demand. However, bad weather forecast for next weekend might play spoilsport, as it might hamper bunker operations at anchorage.

Replenishment cargo volumes have arrived in Zhoushan to ease VLSFO tightness, bringing down lead times to 3-5 days from almost seven days previously. Another VLSFO cargo is due to arrive around the weekend, which is likely to improve supply further.

LSMGO remains readily available with lead times of 2-3 days. HSFO availability is getting tighter in Zhoushan as some suppliers are sold out. Lead times of 5-7 days have been recommended for HSFO in the port. One supplier is likely to receive an HSFO cargo around 18 January, which might alleviate the recent tightness, a source says.

Availability of all grades remains good in Hong Kong with lead times of around seven days required. A source says suppliers in Hong Kong have been witnessing declining demand so far this week.

Southern South Korean ports have lead times of 5-7 days for all grades, while western South Korean ports require slightly shorter lead times of 3-4 days.

South Korean ports of Ulsan, Onsan, Daesan, Taean and Yeosu may witness weather-related disruptions from Friday onwards.

HSFO availability remains tight across the Indonesian ports of Balikpapan, Jakarta, Surabaya, Benoa and Batam.

Bad weather might impact bunkering in the Thai ports of Koi Sichang and Leam Chabang from today onwards and likely to persist through the week.

The Vietnamese ports of Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong might see delivery disruptions throughout the week, with unfavourable weather conditions forecast to hit the ports today and tomorrow, respectively.


South Asia

India’s Mumbai has good availability of VLSFO and LSMGO, with lead times of 2-3 days recommended.

Prompt dates for VLSFO are available in Mundra and Kandla on India’s northwest coast. LSMGO remains readily available in Kandla, while a supplier in Mundra has almost run out of stock.

Bad weather is likely to disrupt bunkering in Sikka, another port on India’s northwest coast, between Wednesday and Thursday, a source says.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO remains good in the southern Indian ports of Cochin and Chennai, while Tuticorin’s availability across both the grades remain subject to enquiry.

Visakhapatnam on India’s southwestern coast can offer VLSFO and LSMGO at prompt dates. Lead times of 2-3 days are recommended for VLSFO and LSMGO in Haldia on the eastern coast of India.

The Sri Lankan ports of Colombo and Trincomalee can offer LSMGO for prompt dates.


Middle East

Demand has reportedly been weak in Fujairah so far this week. Sources attributed lower demand to a lack of movement in bulk carriers and container vessels. Recommended lead times for VLSFO have decreased to around seven days, from 8-10 days last week.

Lead times of five days have been advised for LSMGO, down from nine days previously. Lead times for HSFO have gone up slightly in the UAE port, to eight days now, from seven days last week.

The Omani ports of Duqm, Sohar, Salalah and Muscat have very good availability of LSMGO.

By Tuhin Roy


Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 11 January, 2023

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Shipping Corridor

Singapore, LA and Long Beach unveil Partnership Strategy for Pacific Ocean green and digital shipping corridor

Ports and C40 have commissioned a study to analyse trade flows and vessel traffic between the three locations as well as estimate quantity of near-zero/zero-emission bunker fuels required for this traffic.





Singapore, LA and Long Beach unveils Partnership Strategy for Pacific Ocean green and digital shipping corridor

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and Port of Long Beach (POLB) on Wednesday (6 December) unveiled a Partnership Strategy for a green and digital shipping corridor (GDSC) across the Pacific Ocean at the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference.

The release of the Partnership Strategy follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) by MPA, POLA and POLB during Singapore Maritime Week in April 2023. The MoU formalised the partnership, which is supported by C40 Cities, with the aim of establishing a GDSC connecting the three global hub ports.

The scope of cooperation through the Partnership Strategy and success indicators specified within build upon the MoU signed in April 2023 and reaffirm the corridor partners’ commitment to drive global action to digitalise and decarbonise the shipping industry and improve efficiencies.

The GDSC Strategy outlines steps to accelerate decarbonisation of the maritime shipping industry by enabling first mover organisations to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the earliest feasible date, in support of the goals defined by the 2023 International Maritime Organization’s Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships. The ports and C40 will work together and with value-chain stakeholders from the fuel and maritime sectors to:

● Coordinate decarbonisation efforts: GDSC partners will help to catalyse and coordinate efforts to enable ships calling at the Port of Singapore, Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the earliest feasible date. 

● Build consensus on green shipping best practices: GDSC partners will seek to establish consensus around green shipping best practices and standards.

● Improve access to and adoption of technology and digital solutions: To enhance supply chain efficiency, resilience and decarbonisation while reducing costs and improving reliability, GDSC partners will work to develop and deploy innovative technology and digital solutions.

● Leverage networks: GDSC partners will work with stakeholders involved in other green shipping initiatives, including those established by the three ports and other parties, to scale the uptake of zero and near-zero emission technologies, fuels and energy sources.

To achieve these aims, a partnership structure and governance mechanism have been developed to provide clarity on the roles and responsibilities of GDSC partners. The strategy also outlines processes for onboarding new participants, financial management, confidentiality and decision-making.

As next steps, the ports and C40 have commissioned a study to analyse trade flows and vessel traffic between Singapore, Los Angeles and Long Beach. The study will estimate the quantity of near-zero and zero-emission fuels required for this traffic, and guide implementation by identifying opportunities for collaboration to advance the development of the GDSC.

The founding partners will now engage stakeholders from across the shipping and fuel supply value chains that share the GDSC's vision and aims, with the intention of onboarding new corridor participants in 2024. 

Mr Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA, said: “We are excited to see this partnership grow from strength to strength with the Green and Digital Shipping Corridor Partnership Strategy. We have embarked on evaluating the various digital solutions and zero and near-zero fuels options that could be trialled along the route between Singapore and the San Pedro Bay Port Complex. We look forward to the support of all the corridor stakeholders over the coming months to conduct trials and potentially scale them for wider adoption.”

"This Partnership Strategy document is the foundation upon which we'll build the future of maritime shipping,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “Our success requires the resolve and dedication of the three partnering ports as well as our industry partners. Together, we will model the collaboration necessary to achieve our climate and efficiency goals." 

“Over the last two decades, we've learned that collaboration between maritime industry partners is the key to making meaningful progress in reducing emissions and cleaning the air,”Port of Long Beach CEO Mario Cordero said. “This trans-Pacific green shipping corridor takes this concept global. The strategies we develop here can be used as a roadmap by a larger network of seaports and supply chain companies to invest in programs, technologies, software and infrastructure to decarbonize international trade everywhere.”

C40 Executive Director Mark Watts, said: "C40 is proud to support our port partners in delivering this Partnership Strategy. The advancement of this Green and Digital Shipping Corridor brings the shipping sector one step closer to a 1.5°C-aligned trajectory. Green shipping is only achievable through collaboration because no one stakeholder can afford to move unless they know others are likely to follow. That’s where C40 is delighted to help, bringing our network of world-leading cities, which include most of the world’s largest and most forward-looking ports."

Note: The Partnership Strategy document can be viewed here

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 7 December, 2023

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Liberia-flagged bulker “Eleen Armonia” placed under Sheriff’s arrest

Ship was added to list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system and it is currently held at Eastern Bunkering Anchorage; arrest was made on behalf of Allen & Gledhill LLP.





RESIZED SG bunker tanker

Liberia-flagged bulk carrier Eleen Armonia was arrested in Singapore waters on Monday (4 December). 

The 55,522 DWT vessel was added to the list of vessels under Sheriff’s arrest in Singapore’s court system. 

According to the list, the vessel was arrested at 12.25pm and the arresting solicitor listed was law firm Allen & Gledhill LLP. The ship is currently held at the Eastern Bunkering Anchorage. 

No details regarding the reason behind the arrest were provided in the list. 

Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 7 December, 2023

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PIL and DP World embark on biofuel bunkering trials at Jebel Ali Port

Both parties will collaborate on trial shipments between Jebel Ali Port in Dubai and destinations within PIL’s network in near term which will include shipments on PIL’s vessels powered by a biofuel blend.





PIL and DP World embark on biofuel bunkering trials at Jebel Ali Port

Singapore-based container operator Pacific International Lines (PIL) on Wednesday (6 December) said it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with DP World, which handles around 10% of the world’s container trade, to jointly develop green solutions to decarbonise global supply chains.

In the near term, both parties will collaborate on trial shipments between Jebel Ali Port in Dubai and destinations within PIL’s network, with initiatives to reduce the shipments’ GHG footprint. This will include shipments on PIL’s vessels powered by a biofuel blend, biofuel bunkering, and deploying container handling equipment at terminals that run on renewable energy to handle the shipments.

Over the longer term, the companies will explore expanding this partnership to include other ports within DP World’s global network, and using other alternative bunker fuels, such as e-LNG, green methanol or green ammonia in PIL’s vessel operations and bunkering.

It was signed by Mr Lars Kastrup, Chief Executive Officer, PIL and Mr Tiemen Meester, Group Chief Operating Officer, Ports & Terminals, DP World, at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), conveying their commitment to combating climate change and the collective goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 or earlier.

Mr Lars Kastrup, Chief Executive Officer, PIL said: “Supply chain resilience and sustainability is the bedrock of global trade growth. With the renewed commitment by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) this year to take a significant step forward to decarbonise the shipping industry, we at PIL are responding actively to IMO’s call and working to invest in and implement green solutions to achieve our target of achieving net zero by 2050. In this regard, we are pleased to have DP World joining us on our sustainability journey. Capitalising on the combined strengths of our two organisations, we can both augment our sustainability efforts as we co-develop solutions to decarbonise our supply chains.”

Mr Tiemen Meester, Group Chief Operating Officer, Ports & Terminals, DP World, said: “Decarbonisation is the single biggest concern for DP World outside the constraints and the physical movement of goods. So, we are transforming our business and the impact global trade has on the climate. We have already committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2040 and achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. But we must explore partnerships with companies that share our ambitions and technology to be deployed right now for quicker results.”

Photo credit: DP World
Published: 7 December, 2023

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