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ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

VLSFO and HSFO availability tight in Singapore; weak demand in Zhoushan; South Korean ports face possible weather disruptions.




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:

6 June 2023

  • VLSFO and HSFO availability tight in Singapore
  • Weak demand in Zhoushan
  • South Korean ports face possible weather disruptions



Demand has been average in Singapore so far this week. Securing VLSFO and HSFO stems in Singapore can be difficult. Lead times for VLSFO are 9-11 days – almost unchanged from last week, while lead times for HSFO have increased from last week's 8-11 days to 8-14 days now.

LSMGO availability, on the other hand, has improved with lead times shortening from last week's 6-8 days to 3-5 days.

Residual fuel oil stocks in Singapore averaged 19% lower in May than in April, data from Enterprise Singapore shows. The port’s net fuel imports plunged 24% lower in May, and to their lowest level since last August. Fuel oil imports and exports also fell by 20% and 14%, respectively, in May.

The port’s middle distillate stocks were also down, declining by 9% in May.


East Asia

Zhoushan continues to grapple with weak demand, a source says. Despite less bunkering, VLSFO supply has tightened in the Chinese bunkering hub as some suppliers are running low on stocks. Lead times for the grade have nearly doubled on the week, from 3-5 days to 5-7 days now.

HSFO lead times, on the other hand, have come down from last week's 4-7 days to 3-5 days. LSMGO lead times remain steady at 3-5 days.

In Hong Kong, VLSFO and HSFO supply has come under pressure amid tight barge availability, a source says. Recommended lead times for both grades remain unchanged on the week at 7-10 days.

LSMGO is more readily available in the port, with a shorter lead time of 3-5 days.

Wind gusts of 19-21 knots and swells of close to a meter are forecast to hit Hong Kong on 12 June, which could disrupt bunkering operations.

Bad weather is also anticipated to disrupt bunker deliveries in the South Korean ports of Ulsan and Onsan between 10-11 June, Busan and Yeosu between 9-11 June, and Daesan and Taean between 8-11 June.

Meanwhile, VLSFO availability remains tight in South Korean ports, with lead times stretching to almost two weeks. LSMGO availability has improved significantly in South Korea. Some suppliers, who were offering the LSMGO with lead times of 10-14 days last week, can now supply for prompt delivery dates. HSFO requires lead times of 3-5 days – similar to last week.

Adverse weather conditions are also forecast in the Philippine port of Subic Bay between 12-13 June, the Thai ports of Koh Sichang and Leam Chabang between 11-13 June, and the Kiwi port of Tauranga between Tuesday and Thursday, which might hamper bunker deliveries.


South Asia

VLSFO and LSMGO can be delivered with around 2-3 days of lead time in several Indian ports, including Kandla on the northwest coast and Cochin and Chennai on the southern coast.

Availability of both grades is relatively tight in Mumbai, Visakhapatnam and Paradip and deliveries are subject to availability. Meanwhile, supply is subject to enquiry in Tuticorin port located on the southeast coast and Haldia on the east coast.

Bad weather is forecast between Wednesday and Saturday, which could disrupt bunkering in India's west coast ports of Sikka and Kandla.

Rough weather is also forecast at the Sri Lankan port of Colombo on Wednesday and could disrupt bunkering.


Middle East

Bunker fuel supply across all grades is said to be normal in Fujairah, with lead times ranging between 5-7 days for all grades – virtually unchanged from last week. Some suppliers can offer prompt stems of all grades, but their availability depends on the stem size, a source says.

The other UAE port of Khor Fakkan also has unchanged lead times of 5-7 days across all grades.

By Tuhin Roy


Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 7 June, 2023

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VPS launches Maress Summer Campaign Dashboard to track progress of vessels

Dashboard will enable the maritime industry to follow the development of its maritime emissions saving campaign, Maress Summer Campaign 2024, which is aimed at saving 15,000 tons of CO2.





VPS launches Maress Summer Campaign Dashboard to track progress of vessels

Marine fuels testing company VPS on Thursday (20 June) said it launched its Maress Campaign Dashboard to enable the maritime industry to follow the development of its maritime emissions saving campaign for this year.

It said the Maress Summer Campaign 2024, which started on 1 June and will run for 90 days, is ongoing and is aimed at achieving the goal of saving 15,000 tons of CO2.

“Since our last update, the number of participating vessels has increased from 278 to 303. This is more than doubling of the vessels that participated in the campaign last year,” VPS said in a social media post.

“The industry-wide effort to drive decarbonisation is showing fantastic results, with innovative initiatives and remarkable engagement from vessels across the board.”

It added the main purpose of the campaign is to create collaboration and awareness around emission reductions. 

“This industry-first tool is now open for everyone in the industry to track the collective progress. Updated daily, it provides a transparent and exciting view of the leaders in each category, showcasing the close race towards efficiency gains,” VPS said on the dashboard.

Note: The new dashboard by VPS for the Maress Summer Campaign 2024 can be found here.

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Photo credit: VPS
Published: 21 June, 2024

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UECC reduces emissions in 2023 by more than doubling bio bunker fuel use

UECC boosted the use of ISCC-certified sustainable biofuel B100 on both owned and time-chartered ships to 14,000 mt last year, up from 6,500 mt in 2022.






United European Car Carriers (UECC) recently announced its progress of using alternative bunker fuels and said it was on track to exceed its goal of a 45% emissions reduction by 2030 after more than doubling biofuel usage across its fleet last year.

UECC boosted the use of ISCC-certified sustainable biofuel B100 on both owned and time-chartered ships to 14,000 metric tonnes (mt) last year, up from 6,500 mt in 2022.

The company achieved a total tank-to-wake emissions reduction of over 60,000 tonnes across its 14-vessel fleet in 2023, of which it is estimated increased biofuel use accounted for 40,000 tonnes, with the remainder coming from LNG. This was a near-250% increase on the emissions cut of 24,200 tonnes achieved in 2022.

TheEuropean sustainable shortsea carrier said it has made significant strides in decarbonisation of its fleet of pure car and truck carriers (PCTCs) with the addition of five LNG-fuelled newbuilds and the increased rollout of biofuels in recent years - and this is now showing commercial payback for clients in the light of new green regulations, according to Energy and Sustainability Manager Daniel Gent.

“Consequently, we are well on the way to reach or exceed our 45% emissions reduction target by 2030. This clearly has a positive impact for those bio-supportive cargo owners in terms of reducing costs related to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS),” Gent said.

“Furthermore, 85% of the vessels in our fleet achieved a C-rating last year with the IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) and this year we expect all our ships to achieve this rating or above.”

Gent also pointed out the UECC fleet is already in surplus in relation to the requirement for an average 14.5% reduction in GHG intensity by 2035 under the FuelEU Maritime regulation due to be implemented next year.

The environmental performance of UECC’s current fleet of nine owned and five time-chartered PCTCs has been enhanced through delivery over the past seven years of five eco-friendly newbuilds - a pair of dual-fuelled LNG vessels and trio of multi-fuel LNG battery hybrid units.

The use of LNG reduces emissions of CO2 by around 25%, SOx and particulate matter by 90% and NOx by 85%, while the latest battery hybrid newbuilds exceed the IMO target to reduce carbon intensity by at least 40% from 2008 levels by 2030.

UECC is now looking at sourcing alternative carbon-neutral fuels such as bio-LNG and e-LNG for these vessels to further improve their green performance, according to Gent.

UECC’s adoption of alternative fuels has expanded exponentially since the programme was launched in 2020 with piloting the use of biofuel on its vessel Autosky, bolstered by valuable support from owners of its time-chartered vessels, clients such as BMW, fuel suppliers like GoodFuels, industry partners, and parent companies NYK and Wallenius Lines.

“We are now in the fifth year of running our biofuels programme and it has gone from strength to strength. UECC has sought to take a leading role through early-stage analysis of new biofuels to evaluate their potential in terms of technical suitability, sustainability and commercial viability, both  to deliver the best solution for our customers and give the sector a blueprint for assessment and adoption of such fuels based on these three pillars,” Gent explained.

He added that, in terms of sustainability criteria, the company looks for biofuels with the biggest environmental impact, with a typical minimum 90% reduction in GHG intensity from well-to-wake compared with conventional marine fuels. 

UECC has steadily expanded the use of green fuels to cover 30% of its fleet in 2023, up from 18% in 2022, and is on track to achieve 50% coverage this year towards the goal of 80% by 2030, though Gent is confident of surpassing this figure.

He said being proactive in trialling new alternative fuels has also promoted engagement with fuel providers, which has led to UECC’s latest initiative together with biofuel supplier ACT Group as part of an industry collaboration to test the Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL)-based biofuel FS.100 that he believes has “great potential for sustainable shipping”.

“Increasing the pool of sustainable drop-in fuels offers a pathway for shipping to achieve rapid emissions cuts on existing vessels. Combining alternative fuels with energy efficiency measures such as hull cleaning and electrification with shore power can further accelerate decarbonisation,” Gent said.

“By progressively advancing the use of alternative fuels, we are reducing emissions exposure for our clients and securing regulatory compliance long into the future, while also promoting industry efforts to reach the net-zero goal,” he concluded.


Photo credit: United European Car Carriers
Published: 21 June, 2024

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CMA CGM takes delivery of fourth LNG-fuelled containership

Naming ceremony and delivery of vessel, organised at HD Hyundai Mipo in Ulsan, South Korea, marked entry of the fourth vessel in a series of ten specially designed for Northern Europe feeder services.





CMA CGM takes delivery of fourth LNG-fuelled containership

French shipping giant on Wednesday (19 June) said it celebrated the naming ceremony and delivery of its fourth LNG-fuelled container ship, CMA CGM Tivoli.

Organised at HD Hyundai Mipo in Ulsan, South Korea, on 16 June, the event marked the official entry of the fourth vessel in a series of ten specially designed for Northern Europe feeder services.

“Featuring optimised features for 45-foot containers, increased capacity for refrigerated containers, and innovative forward accommodation to enhance cargo loading and aerodynamics, CMA CGM Tivoli distinguishes itself with a high ‘length to beam" ratio to maximise hydrodynamic efficiency,” the firm said in a social media post. 

“She departed the shipyard on June 15th, 2024, bound for Busan. We wish fair winds and smooth seas to Captain Artur Dumbrov and his crew.” 


Photo credit: CMA CGM
Published: 21 June, 2024

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