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ENGINE: Europe & Africa Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook

Some ARA suppliers claim slight loading delays; Las Palmas HSFO380 supply to improve with replenishment; South Africa’s largest refinery to shut indefinitely.





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:

16 February, 2022

  • Some ARA suppliers claim slight loading delays
  • Las Palmas HSFO380 supply to improve with replenishment
  • South Africa's largest refinery to shut indefinitely

A few suppliers are claiming that there are still slight loading delays in the ARA hub following a cyber attacks on certain oil terminals in Antwerp and surrounding ports the beginning of this month, sources say.

But it is still unclear whether the terminal systems have fully recovered from the hacking incident, they added.

Bunker fuel availability prospects in the ARA region remains mostly unchanged from last week, while demand continues to improve. Some tightness persists for VLSFO and HSFO380 grades, with lead times marginally increasing to 4-5 days for VLSFO and 5-6 days for HSFO380. LSMGO availability is comparatively better and requires lead times of 2-3 days.

ARA’s independently held fuel oil stocks have been heavily drawn and plunged almost 10% lower in the week to last Thursday. Meanwhile, the hub’s gasoil stock regained 1%, after tumbling to eight-year lows last month, according to Insights Global data.

Bunker demand has been said to be normal in Hamburg. Recommended lead times are around 3-5 days for VLSFO and LSMGO.

Availability of HSFO380 remains tight in the Canary Islands. An HSFO380 cargo arrived in Las Palmas on 14 February and a supplier expects to be able to deliver stems from 17 February.

Swell of 1.5 meters in the northwest direction halted bunkering at Las Palmas’ outer anchorage on Tuesday. There were no major bunkering delays or vessels waiting by Tuesday afternoon, but deliveries were limited to barge at inner anchorage and ex-pipe at berth, port agency MH Bland said.

In Gibraltar, port congestion dropped to four vessels on Wednesday morning, from nine vessels queued for bunkers on Monday, says MH Bland. Suppliers continue to operate normally, and no delays have been reported. Bunker fuel availability in the Bay of Gibraltar is adequate, and lead times are still around 3-5 days across fuel grades.

Algeciras’ A, B, and C anchorages had some congestion on Wednesday morning, while anchorage D did not, says MH Bland. A supplier was still running 6-8 hours behind schedule in the port.

Availability of HSFO380 in Malta is slightly tight and requires 4-5 days ahead. Lead times are marginally shorter for LSMGO and VLSFO, which require 3-4 days ahead.

The 180,000 b/d Sapref refinery in Durban announced a spending freeze and halt to refinery operations by March this year. The closure of the refinery will necessitate more fuel oil imports to South Africa, sources say.

South African bunker ports have depended more on bunker fuel oil and gasoil produced at the Sapref refinery since 2020, when fires forced closures of Astron Energy’s Cape Town refinery and Engen’s Durban refinery.

In April last year, Engen announced it would convert its 125,000 b/d Durban refinery into an oil storage terminal following the previous year's fire, and because of low profit prospects.

This week, Astron Energy told local news station Fin24 it remains committed to restarting its 110,000 b/d Cape Town refinery this year, pointing to a “strong commercial base” amid other refinery closures.


Photo credit: ENGINE
Published: 17 February, 2022

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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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