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ENGINE: Europe & Africa Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Port operations and bunkering suspended in Gibraltar; HSFO supply tight in the ARA and Las Palmas; availability good in Ceuta.




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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:

2 August 2023

  • Port operations and bunkering suspended in Gibraltar
  • HSFO supply tight in the ARA and Las Palmas
  • Availability good in Ceuta


Northwest Europe

Overall bunker demand in Rotterdam and in the wider ARA hub has been slow so far this week, a trader says.

Prompt HSFO supply remains tight in the ARA. Several suppliers have limited product availability and recommend lead times of at least 5-7 days. VLSFO and LSMGO availability is said to be normal in the bunker hub. A lead time of 5-7 days is recommended for VLSFO, and 2-4 days for LSMGO.

The ARA’s independently fuel oil stocks averaged 2% higher on the month in July, according to Insights Global data. On the other hand, the region’s gasoil inventories – which include diesel and heating oil – averaged 10% lower in July.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability remains normal for delivery off Skaw, while HSFO is relatively tighter, a source says. Recommended lead times for all grades remain unchanged at 7-10 days.

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



Port operations, including bunkering, remains suspended in Gibraltar after an oil spill incident was reported in the bay on Tuesday. According to Gibraltar Port Authority, the oil spill incident was reported at 8.22 local time (6.22 GMT) on Tuesday in the southern part of the Western anchorage, when a vessel taking bunkers saw its tanks overflow.

The amount of oil that seeped into the water is still unquantified, it said. The port authority has initiated a contingency plan to clean up the oil spill. Bunkering was completely halted at the port’s Western anchorage on Wednesday, port agent MH Bland told ENGINE. It is unclear when the port authority will allow bunkering to resume at the anchorage, it added.

The oil spill is said to be minor and is likely to be cleared soon, another source told ENGINE. However, if Gibraltar’s closure is extended further, or leads to heavy congestion, then ships seeking bunkers there may be diverted to alternative locations such as Algeciras and Ceuta, a trader says.

The suspension has triggered congestion in Gibraltar, with 12 vessels awaiting bunkers on Wednesday, up from nine on Tuesday, MH Bland said. Meanwhile, bunkering continues to run smoothly in the nearby ports of Algeciras and Ceuta. VLSFO and LSMGO availability is said to be good in both ports.

In Ceuta, VLSFO and LSMGO availability is said to be good, with one supplier able to deliver stems for very prompt dates (0-2 days), a source says. A cargo with about 36,000 mt of VLSFO was discharged in the port on Tuesday, and the entire volume went to the same supplier, according to a social media post from the Port of Ceuta.

VLSFO availability is also good in Las Palmas, where at least two suppliers are able to supply the grade for prompt delivery dates (0-2 days). HSFO availability is relatively tighter there. One supplier is running low on HSFO stocks and has no plans to replenish them soon, a source says.

Other bunker delivery areas in the Mediterranean, such as Lisbon, Sines, off Malta and Piraeus have good availability of VLSFO and LSMGO. Suppliers in most of these locations are able to deliver both grades on prompt delivery dates.



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. LSMGO is almost out of stock in Richards Bay, the source adds.

Bunkering was on standby in Algoa Bay on Wednesday morning due to a bunker barge not being ready, according to Rennies Ships Agency.

VLSFO supply has improved in Mozambique’s Nacala this week, a source says. HSFO availability remains tight there, with delivery dates stretching to mid-August. Meanwhile, LSMGO availability is good there.

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

By Nithin Chandran


Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 3 August, 2023

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SMW 2024: Maritime industry on track to adopt mid-term decarbonisation measures, says IMO chief

Safety, inclusion and transparency will be key areas for Mr Arsenio Dominguez’s tenure as Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization.





SMW 2024: Maritime industry on track to adopt mid-term decarbonisation measures, says IMO chief

The article ‘Maritime industry on track to adopt mid-term decarbonisation measures: IMO chief’ was first published on Issue 1 of the Singapore Maritime Week 2024 Show Dallies; it has been reproduced in its entirety on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times with permission from The Nutgraf and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore:

Toh Wen Li
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The maritime industry is “on track” to roll out decarbonisation measures by 2025 as set out by the International Maritime Organization, said its new chief Arsenio Dominguez.

“We are on track to adopt mid-term measures by late 2025 to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to reach net zero targets,” said Mr Dominguez, who took over as IMO Secretary-General in January.

In 2023, the IMO released a revised GHG strategy to reach net-zero emissions from shipping by or around 2050 – far more ambitious than its 2018 initial GHG strategy, which aimed only to cut emissions by at least 50 per cent compared to 2008.

“These will help us progress towards achieving netzero GHG emissions by or around 2050, with indicative checkpoints to reach by 2030 (cut GHG emissions by at least 20 per cent, striving for 30 per cent), and 2040 (cut GHG emissions by at least 70 per cent, striving for 80 per cent).”

Mr Dominguez, who will be speaking on the opening day of the 18th edition of SMW, also emphasised the need to keep seafarers safe against the backdrop of heightened geopolitical tensions. He said the attacks on ships in the Red Sea have far-reaching economic implications.

“Prolonged disruptions in container shipping could lead to delayed deliveries, high costs, and inflation. Energy security and food security could potentially be affected due to increased prices,” he said.

“These attacks pose serious threats to global maritime security, as well as the security and maritime trade for the coastal states in the region,” he said, calling out the Red Sea attacks as “categorically unacceptable”. But he remains confident that the industry will continue to stay resilient. “I trust that shipping organisations and Member States alike will come together in the relevant IMO fora to seek collaboration and look for solutions together.”

Mr Dominguez also pledged to create a more inclusive IMO, one that is more gender-balanced in an industry that has long been dominated by men.

“I have appointed a gender balanced senior management team and initiated a policy of refraining from participating in panels or events unless gender representation is respected. I encourage the maritime community to follow this example,” he said.

He added that the IMO will also strive to fulfil its mandate as the world’s regulator for international shipping; support IMO’s 176 Member States, particularly Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries; raise public awareness of IMO’s impact; and adopt a “people-centred approach”.

“My vision is for IMO to flourish as a transparent, inclusive, and diverse institution,” he said. 

Singapore can ‘shine a light on the way forward’

Key maritime hubs like Singapore can play a key role as the industry pushes ahead in its quest to decarbonise, said International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Secretary-General, Mr Arsenio Dominguez.

“Singapore is (in) a great position to participate in trials and pilots to show what works, including routebased actions – and share results of any trials back to IMO,” he said.

The green transition poses a slew of fresh considerations for the maritime sector. A major bunkering hub such as Singapore will need to look at making changes to infrastructure to deliver new fuels.

Other considerations for the industry include safety, pricing, lifecycle emissions, supply chain constraints, barriers to adoption and more, added Mr Dominguez. Seafarers, too, will need to be trained in how to operate new technology safely.

“We need ‘early movers’ in the industry as well as forward-looking policy makers to take the necessary risks and secure the right investments that will stimulate long-term solutions for the sector,” he said.

Singapore Maritime Week is a chance for key stakeholders to “have the conversations and discussions that can formulate ideas and bring new solutions”, Mr Dominguez said.

Now, more than ever, collaboration will be crucial. “The experience of critical maritime hubs like Singapore can help shine a light on the way forward for many issues. Here the IMO can play a role in providing opportunities for Singapore and other maritime hubs to share their expertise with all Member States. Shipping is global – no single country can go it alone.” 

Singapore Maritime Week 2024 was organised by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore from 15 to 19 April. 


Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Article credit: The Nutgraf/ Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 23 April, 2024

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Singapore: Liquidator issues notice of dividend for Paliy Marine Engineering

Liquidator of Paliy Marine Engineering, which is undergoing voluntary liquidation, issued a notice on the first and final dividend.





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A notice of dividend for Paliy Marine Engineering Pte Ltd, which is undergoing voluntary liquidation, was published on the Government Gazette on Friday (19 April).

The following is the details of the notice:

Name of Company : Paliy Marine Engineering Pte. Ltd. (In Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation) 

Unique Entity No. / Registration No. : 199608223D 

Address of Former Registered Office : 149 Rochor Road #03-28 Singapore 188426 

Amount per centum : 100 per centum of all admitted preferential claims 12.21 per centum of all admitted ordinary claims 

First and Final or otherwise : First and Final 

Name of Liquidator : Abuthahir Abdul Gafoor 

Address of Liquidator : c/o AAG Corporate Advisory Pte. Ltd. 144 Robinson Road #14-02 Robinson Square Singapore 068908

According to SGP Business website, the firm’s principal activity is building and repairing of ships, tankers and other ocean-going vessels. 

Related: Singapore: Paliy Marine Engineering liquidator issues intended dividend notice


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Published: 23 April 2024

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IBIA and BIMCO to collaborate on bunker fuel and maritime challenges

Both will collaborate in areas including research initiatives, studies, and projects relevant to bunker or marine energy industry and maritime sector as well as training and education.





IBIA and BIMCO to collaborate on bunker fuel and maritime challenges

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and BIMCO on Monday (22 April) said they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on some of the monumental challenges and opportunities within the areas of bunker, marine energy and maritime sectors and help facilitate shipping’s decarbonisation efforts.

The parties have agreed to leverage their respective expertise and resources to develop innovative solutions and initiatives to facilitate the transition towards cleaner fuels and efficient and sustainable shipping practices. The partnership MOU will focus on addressing the following key areas:

Research and Development: Collaborate on research initiatives, studies, and projects relevant to the bunker/marine energy industry and maritime sector.

Information Sharing: Share relevant information, publications, and data that may be beneficial to the members of both organisations.

Training and Education: Explore opportunities for joint training programs, seminars, and educational initiatives to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals in the maritime and bunker/marine energy industry.

Influence: Work together on efforts to address common issues and challenges faced by the industry.

Alexander Prokopakis, Executive Director of IBIA, said: “This partnership between IBIA and BIMCO marks an important step towards addressing the pressing challenge of decarbonisation in the shipping industry. The collaboration underscores the industry’s collective commitment to navigating towards a greener future for maritime operations.”

David Loosley, BIMCO Secretary General & CEO, said: “As we work towards the checkpoints and targets of the updated GHG strategy of the IMO, working across all sectors that influence and support decarbonisation of shipping will be key. Our ships will be relying on many different fuel solutions in the process and working toward the safety and availability of those is crucial.” 

IBIA and BIMCO are committed to driving progress towards a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future for the global shipping industry.


Photo credit: IBIA and BIMCO
Published: 23 April 2024

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