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ENGINE: Europe & Africa Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

HSFO supply tight across major bunker ports; VLSFO and LSMGO steady in most Mediterranean ports; VLSFO and HSFO availability tight in Nacala.




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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:

19 July 2023

  • HSFO supply tight across major bunker ports
  • VLSFO and LSMGO steady in most Mediterranean ports
  • VLSFO and HSFO availability tight in Nacala


Northwest Europe

Prompt supply of HSFO has been tight in Rotterdam and in the wider ARA hub. Securing large stem sizes of the grade can be even more challenging in the bunkering hub. Most suppliers in Rotterdam are hesitant to offer stem sizes of more than 3,000 mt of HSFO due to limited product availability.

Tight availability of HSFO in Rotterdam has contributed to narrow the port’s Hi5 spread to just $60/mt now, almost half of what it was in April. Recommended lead times for HSFO and VLSFO deliveries remain unchanged from last week at 5-7 days, a source says. Bunker buyers looking to lift HSFO stems in the ARA should ideally consider a longer lead time, another source says.

Meanwhile, LSMGO is readily available in Rotterdam and in the wider ARA hub, with lead times of 2-3 days recommended for the grade. 

HSFO supply has been tight in the region despite an increase in its fuel oil stocks. The ARA's independent fuel oil stocks have averaged 6% higher so far this month than across June. The inventories have grown to their bulkiest monthly level since June 2021, according to Insights Global data.

On the other hand, the region’s independent gasoil inventories - which include diesel and heating oil – have declined by 11% so far this month and to their lowest monthly level since last December.

VLSFO and LSMGO supply remains normal for delivery off Skaw, a source says. HSFO supply is relatively tighter there. Recommended lead times for all grades remain unchanged at 7-10 days. Barge availability is said to be normal off Skaw, the source adds.

LSMGO availability is normal in the Norwegian ports of Bergen and Mongstad, a trader says.

Bunker fuel availability is normal in the German ports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven, with recommended lead times of five days.



HSFO availability remains tight in Gibraltar Strait ports. Lead times of up to seven days are recommended to ensure full coverage from suppliers in the region. VLSFO and LSMGO availability is relatively better across Gibraltar, Algeciras and Ceuta, with lead times of 3-5 days recommended.

Minimum congestion was reported in Gibraltar, Algeciras and Ceuta on Wednesday, according to port agent MH Bland. One supplier in Gibraltar and three in Algeciras were behind schedule.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is also normal in Las Palmas, with recommended lead times of 2-4 days, a source says. Meanwhile, HSFO availability has been tight in Las Palmas amid limited product availability. One supplier expects to receive replenishment cargo on 21 July, which could ease some supply pressure there, a source says. 

VLSFO and LSMGO availability is said to be normal in the Portuguese ports of Lisbon and Sines. Bunker fuel availability also remains steady for prompt supply off Malta and in the Greek port of Piraeus.



VLSFO and LSMGO availability remains normal in the South African ports of Durban and Cape Town, and at the Algoa Bay anchorage by Port Elizabeth, where lead times of up to seven days are recommended, a source says

Bunkering was fully suspended in Algoa Bay on Wednesday due to rough weather conditions, according to Rennies Ships Agency. Deliveries could resume from Thursday afternoon, when improved weather conditions are forecast.

VLSFO supply is tight in Mozambique's Nacala port, with limited product availability until 28 July, a source says. HSFO availability is even tighter there, with delivery dates stretching to mid-August. Meanwhile, LSMGO is readily available in the port.

In Maputo, VLSFO and LSMGO availability is normal for prompt dates.

By Nithin Chandran


Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 20 July, 2023

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Poland: ORLEN to strengthen position in bunker fuels sector with new oil terminal

With the terminal’s commissioning, the company plans to introduce a bunkering vessel to service the Tri-City ports with conventional marine fuels and biofuels.





ORLEN oil terminals

Polish multinational oil refiner ORLEN Group on Wednesday (12 June) said it is solidifying its presence in the marine fuels market with the construction of a new oil terminal that is scheduled for completion by the second half of 2025.

Construction of the Martwa Wisła terminal, located on the Martwa Wisła river, has already exceeded 70%.

The Martwa Wisła terminal will enhance the logistics capabilities of the Gdańsk refinery, allowing for the transshipment of approximately 2 million tonnes of fuel products annually.

The first four loading arms have already arrived at the construction site and the remaining four loading arms are slated for delivery by the end of June. The devices, with a throughput capacity of up to 500m³/h, will be used at transshipment points to load tankers.

With the terminal's commissioning, the company plans to introduce a bunkering vessel to service the Tri-City ports (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot) with conventional fuels and biofuels.

For over 20 years, the Group has been supplying quality marine fuels to all Polish seaports. Its refinery product portfolio encompasses a wide range of fuels that guarantee quality and strict compliance with regulations, including MGO (DMA 0.1%S), ULSFO (RMD80 0.1% S) and LNG, which will in the near future be complemented with ‘green’ alternatives.

All marine fuels offered by ORLEN comply with the international ISO 8217:2017 standard and meet the requirements of the MARPOL Convention.


Photo credit: ORLEN Group
Published: 14 June 2024

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Australia: Crew of bunker tanker “Champion 63” to strike following employer’s refusal to negotiate

‘BP has decided they can’t pay industry standards in Brisbane and want to keep their workers’ wages low,’ states MUA spokesman.





Champion 63

The crew of Champion 63, a 2022-built Australia-registered bunker tanker with home port of Brisbane, is set to go on strike after bargaining for a new enterprise agreement has stalled, stated the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) on Wednesday (12 June).

Members of the Australian Maritime Officers Union, the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers, and MUA voted up protected industrial action on 11 June 2024.

The crews have been trying to formalise their employment conditions with ASP Ship Management since the bunkering operations commenced in February 2023. It took ASP approximately six months to issue the Notice of Employee Representational Rights (NERR) and start bargaining.

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“The crew of the new bunker barge on the Brisbane River and the maritime unions bent over backwards to make this vessel work,” said MUA Assistant Branch Secretary Paul Gallagher.

“Including low wages, excessive hours and a roster that does not allow crew to take leave. 18 months down the track when it comes time for BP to reward their crew and pay industry standards what do they do? They deny them fair wages, a workable roster and threaten their back pay!”

The AMOU filed a bargaining dispute after ASP refused to take their claim for a roster that does not demand that crews work every weekend seriously.

“Having to work every weekend because ASP does not have suitable relief arrangements is unacceptable,” said AMOU Industrial Officer Tracey Ellis.

“Crews have a right to be rostered time off to spend with their family. Waiting for ASP to fix the issue did not work, filing a Bargaining Dispute in the Fair Work Commission did not work, so the crews will take protected industrial action until their concerns are taken seriously.”

The crews onboard the Champion 63 voted up an unlimited number of stoppages of work of between one hour and 48 hours.

Gallagher added that, “the Maritime unions will not tolerate the big multinational fuel barons of this world undermining the Australian maritime wages and conditions of seven local mariners who are trying their best to support our own local shipping and Cruise Ship industry. If your cruise holiday gets delayed it is because, after recording over $40 billion profit in last two years, BP has decided they can’t pay industry standards in Brisbane and want to keep their workers’ wages low.”


Photo credit: Maritime Union of Australia
Published: 13 June 2024


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Infineum releases Sustainability Report 2023 outlining its sustainability progress

Infineum celebrates 25 years of operations and looks forward to the next 25 years of progress towards its net zero ambition by 2050, says CEO.





Press release Infineum remains focused on our purpose to become a sustainable world class specialty chemicals company

Infineum, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in the UK, on Thursday (13 June) released its fourth annual Sustainability Report, reinforcing its purpose to create a sustainable future through innovative chemistry.

Aligned with the company’s strategic plan to achieve its vision and purpose, Infineum announces:

Publication of its Sustainability Report 2023 (, which outlines the efforts and progress that the company has achieved through the year, including:

  • Championing of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) throughout the organisation
  • Achievement of 28% of colleagues volunteering, surpassing its 2025 target of 25%
  • Increased share of relevant supplier spends covered by sustainability assessments to 62%

Launch of revamped corporate website ( to better represent Infineum as a specialty chemicals company, showcasing Infineum’s existing capabilities, as well as diversification in the new markets

The joint venture, formed in 1999 between Shell and Exxon Mobil, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and recently shared its restructure strategy to two business units, Sustainable Transportation and Energy Applications.

“As Infineum celebrates 25 years of operations and we look forward to the next 25 years of progress towards our net zero ambition by 2050, I am pleased to share our fourth annual sustainability report,” says Infineum CEO Aldo Govi.

“This is a journey and we have made excellent progress, but improvement will not always be linear, especially when set against the backdrop of a challenging external environment, but our purpose of creating a sustainable future through innovative chemistry, continues to drive us forward.

“We remain focused on our vision to become a sustainable world-class specialty chemicals company. Sustainability was at the core of reshaping Infineum to better enable us to contribute to sustainable mobility and the transition to a low-carbon economy.”


Photo credit: Infineum
Published: 13 June 2024

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