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ENGINE: Europe & Africa Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Rotterdam’s HSFO price surges to 11-month highs; availability normal in most Mediterranean ports;
tight supply 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:

26 July 2023

  • Rotterdam’s HSFO price surges to 11-month highs
  • Availability normal in most Mediterranean ports
  • Tight supply in Nacala


Northwest Europe

Prompt HSFO supply remains tight in Rotterdam and in the wider ARA hub. Tight supply has contributed to push Rotterdam’s HSFO prices above $500/mt for the first time since last September. Loading delays at the oil terminals have added more pressure on bunker availability of the grade, a source says.

The spike in Rotterdam's HSFO price has contributed to narrow the port’s Hi5 to just $60/mt. Lead times for HSFO stretch to almost one week out. Several suppliers in Rotterdam are still hesitant to offer large stems due to limited product availability, a trader says.

VLSFO availability has improved in Rotterdam. Recommended lead times for the grade have dropped from 5-7 days last week to 4-5 days now. LSMGO is also readily available in Rotterdam and in the wider ARA hub, with unchanged lead times of 2-3 days.

The ARA’s independent gasoil inventories – which include diesel and heating oil – have averaged 11% lower so far this month than across June.   

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

Bunker fuel availability is normal in the German port of Hamburg, with lead times of five days advised.



HSFO availability has improved in Gibraltar, with lead times decreasing from last week’s seven days, to five days now. VLSFO and LSMGO availability is normal across Gibraltar, Algeciras and Ceuta. Recommended lead times for VLSFO and LSMGO remain unchanged at 3-5 days.

Product availability is said to be normal across Gibraltar Strait ports, and prompt supply is possible, a source says. 

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 said to be normal in the Portuguese ports of Lisbon and Sines. “We have plenty of product”, a supplier said. However, going forward supply may tighten due to upcoming refinery maintenances. According to Wood Mackenzie data, the Galp refinery in Sines is expected to undergo periodic maintenances between October and November, which could impact crude distillation capacity and possibly limit bunker resupply to Portuguese ports.

Bunker fuel availability also remains good for prompt supply off Malta, while four days of lead times are recommended for HSFO, VLSFO and LSMGO deliveries in the Greek port of Piraeus.



VLSFO and LSMGO availability is 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 still recommended, a source says.

Bunkering is progressing normally in Algoa Bay, according to Rennies Ships Agency. But strong wind and high swells are forecast to hit the bay in periods between Saturday and Sunday, which could delay operations or trigger suspension there.

VLSFO and HSFO availability is tight in Mozambique’s Nacala port, a source says. HSFO is even tighter there, with delivery dates stretching to mid-August. Meanwhile, LSMGO remains readily available for prompt dates.

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

By Nithin Chandran


Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 27 July, 2023

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.






Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker


Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.






Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.


Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.





Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.


Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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