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Exclusive: Estimated marine fuel sales figures of Singapore top 10 bunker suppliers by volume in 2023

Top three gainers for 2023 were Sinopec Fuel Oil (+16), Pegasus Maritime (+12), and both Kenoil Marime Services (+6) and Central Star Marine Supplies (+6).

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday (12 January) updated its list of top bunker suppliers by volume in 2023.

A survey conducted by Singapore marine fuels publication Manifold Times with selected industry sources revealed the estimated annual bunker sales volume for the republic’s top 10 Singapore bunker suppliers in 2023:

ESTIMATED ANNUAL FIGURES OF TOP 10 BUNKER SUPPLIERS BY VOLUME (YEAR 2023)
Position BUNKER SUPPLIERS Volume in 2023
1 EQUATORIAL MARINE FUEL MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTE LTD 5.0 million mt
2 TFG MARINE PTE LTD 4.8 million mt
3 SINOPEC FUEL OIL (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD. 4.7 million mt
4 PETROCHINA INTERNATIONAL (S) PTE LTD 4.6 million mt
5 VITOL BUNKERS (S) PTE. LTD. Not available
6 CHEVRON SINGAPORE PTE LTD Not available
7 BP SINGAPORE PTE. LIMITED 2.94 million mt
8 GLOBAL ENERGY TRADING PTE LTD 2.44 million mt
9 SHELL EASTERN TRADING (PTE) LTD Not available
10 ENG HUA COMPANY (PTE) LTD 2.2 million mt

The top three gainers for 2023 were Sinopec Fuel Oil (Singapore) Pte. Ltd (+16) which entered the Singapore market in 2022, Pegasus Maritime (S) Pte Ltd (+12), and both Kenoil Marime Services Pte Ltd (+6) and Central Star Marine Supplies Pte Ltd (+6).

Fratelli Cosulich Bunkers (S) Pte Ltd dropped by ten places from 26th in 2022 to 36th position in 2023.

A total of 41 bunker suppliers was registered in this year’s list (compared to 42 in 2022) due to the departure of Toyota Tsusho Petroleum Pte Ltd in Q4 2023.

A list of all bunker suppliers ranked by volume in 2023 (versus position in 2022) and their movement are as follows (best viewed on desktop):

LIST OF ALL BUNKER SUPPLIERS BY VOLUME (YEAR 2023)
Position in 2023 BUNKER SUPPLIERS Position in 2022 Movement
1 EQUATORIAL MARINE FUEL MANAGEMENT SERVICES PTE LTD 1 0
2 TFG MARINE PTE LTD 3 +1
3 SINOPEC FUEL OIL (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD. 19 +16
4 PETROCHINA INTERNATIONAL (S) PTE LTD 2 -2
5 VITOL BUNKERS (S) PTE. LTD. 4 -1
6 CHEVRON SINGAPORE PTE LTD 8 +2
7 BP SINGAPORE PTE. LIMITED 6 -1
8 GLOBAL ENERGY TRADING PTE LTD 7 -1
9 SHELL EASTERN TRADING (PTE) LTD 5 -4
10 ENG HUA COMPANY (PTE) LTD 11 +1
11 GLENCORE SINGAPORE PTE.LTD. 13 +2
12 MINERVA BUNKERING PTE LTD 9 -3
13 MAERSK OIL TRADING SINGAPORE PTE LTD 12 -1
14 EXXONMOBIL ASIA PACIFIC PTE LTD 14 0
15 SENTEK MARINE & TRADING PTE LTD 10 -5
16 MARUBENI INT'L PETROLEUM (S) PTE LTD 17 +1
17 GOLDEN ISLAND DIESEL OIL TRADING PTE LTD 16 -1
18 SINGAMAS PETROLEUM TRADING PTE LTD 23 +5
19 BUNKER HOUSE PETROLEUM PTE LTD 24 +5
20 CATHAY MARINE FUEL OIL TRADING PTE LTD 21 -1
21 HONG LAM FUELS PTE LTD 15 -6
22 SK ENERGY INTERNATIONAL PTE LTD 20 -2
23 CONSORT BUNKERS PTE LTD 18 -5
24 TOTALENERGIES MARINE FUELS PTE LTD 22 -2
25 KENOIL MARINE SERVICES PTE LTD 31 +6
26 PEGASUS MARITIME (S) PTE LTD 38 +12
27 PALMSTONE TANKERS & TRADING PTE LTD 28 +1
28 GLOBAL MARINE TRANSPORTATION PTE LTD 27 -1
29 TRITON BUNKERING SERVICES PTE LTD 34 -5
30 SIRIUS MARINE PTE LTD 30 0
31 CENTRAL STAR MARINE SUPPLIES PTE LTD 37 +6
32 GRANDEUR TRADING & SERVICES PTE LTD 25 -7
33 CNC PETROLEUM PTE LTD 32 -1
34 IMPEX MARINE (S) PTE LTD 36 +2
35 HAI YIN MARINE PTE LTD 39 +4
36 FRATELLI COSULICH BUNKERS (S) PTE LTD 26 -10
37 VICTORY PTE LTD 35 -2
38 EASTPOINT INTERNATIONAL MARKETING PTE LTD 33 -5
39 HAI FU MARINE SERVICES PTE LTD 40 +1
40 BUNKER B PTE LTD 41 +1
41 SHELL SINGAPORE PTE. LTD. 42 -1
  • Includes conventional bunker and biofuel bunker

This year saw MPA including a list of top biofuel bunker suppliers by volume in 2023 with several new entries recorded supplying biofuel at the world’s largest bunkering port; the data is as follows:

LIST OF ALL BUNKER SUPPLIERS BY VOLUME OF BIOFUEL SUPPLIED (YEAR 2023)
Position in 2023 BUNKER SUPPLIERS Position in 2022
1 MAERSK OIL TRADING SINGAPORE PTE LTD New entry
2 CHEVRON SINGAPORE PTE LTD 1
3 BP SINGAPORE PTE. LIMITED 3
4 VITOL BUNKERS (S) PTE. LTD. 2
5 MINERVA BUNKERING PTE LTD 6
6 TOTALENERGIES MARINE FUELS PTE LTD 4
7 SHELL EASTERN TRADING (PTE) LTD New entry
8 TFG MARINE PTE LTD New entry
9 EXXONMOBIL ASIA PACIFIC PTE LTD 5
10 CATHAY MARINE FUEL OIL TRADING PTE LTD New entry
11 GLOBAL ENERGY TRADING PTE LTD 8
12 GOLDEN ISLAND DIESEL OIL TRADING PTE LTD New entry
13 PETROCHINA INTERNATIONAL (S) PTE LTD New entry
14 KENOIL MARINE SERVICES PTE LTD 9

Manifold Times recently reported a total of 51.82 million tonnes of bunker sales being registered in 2023, surpassing the previous record of 50.64 million tonnes in 2017.

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Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 16 January 2024

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Biofuel

GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the “TIHAMA”, a 19,870 TEU container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd in final trial; marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022.

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GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) on Thursday (18 July) said it has successfully completed its final supply chain trial for biofuel blended with very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). 

This marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022 as part of a larger pilot to develop a framework to provide quality, quantity and GHG abatement assurances for drop-in fuels.

In this final trial, bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the TIHAMA, a 19,870 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd.

The biofuel component used is certified to the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standard – a multistakeholder certification scheme for biobased materials. The biofuel component comprised neat Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) produced from food waste.

Authentix, a tracer solutions provider, supplied and dosed the FAME with an organic-based tracer at the storage terminal outside the Netherlands. The dosed FAME was then transported to the Port of Rotterdam for blending with VLSFO to achieve a B30 blend, before the blend was bunkered onboard the TIHAMA.

Similar to previous trials, GCMD engaged fuel testing company Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) to witness the operations at all stages – from biofuel cargo transfer to bunkering. VPS also collected and conducted extensive laboratory tests on samples of the biofuel and biofuel blend collected at pre-determined points along the supply chain to assess quality per Standards EN 14214 and ISO 8217.

With well-to-wake emissions of 13.74 gCO2e/MJ, the neat FAME presented a 85.4% emissions reduction compared to the emissions of the fossil marine fuel. The reduced emissions complies with the MEPC 80, which requires a minimum emissions reduction of 65% in order for biofuels to be classified as sustainable.

GCMD and Hapag-Lloyd determined that consumption of the 4,500 MT B30 blend of FAME and VLSFO resulted in 27.9% emissions reduction compared to sailing on VLSFO.

A newly developed tracer deployed with this supply chain

GCMD collaborated with Authentix to develop and deploy a new organic-based tracer to authenticate the origin and verify the amount of FAME present in the blend. The proprietary tracer blended homogeneously with FAME and was detected at expected concentrations at all sampling points along the supply chain.

This trial marks the first deployment of this tracer in a marine fuel supply chain. Previously, similar tracers were used to authenticate and quantify biofuels in road transport and LPG supply chains.

Development of a comprehensive biofuels assurance framework underway

With the completion of this trial, GCMD has deployed a diverse range of tracer technologies, including synthetic DNA and element-based tracers, in addition to the organic-based tracer used in this trial. The trials have also included the development of a chemical fingerprinting methodology and the evaluation of lock-and-seal and automatic identification systems (AIS) as additional solutions to ensure the integrity of the biofuels supply chain.

Learnings on tracer limitations and benefits will be incorporated into a framework that recommends appropriate use to ensure consistent and robust performance. This effort will complement existing ISCC by providing additional supply chain assurance through physical traceability.

The insights from these trials will be shared in a series of reports covering issues, such as traceability, biofuel degradation, supply chain optimisation and abatement costs. These findings will culminate in a comprehensive assurance framework to provide guidance on biofuels use, slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2024.

 

Photo credit: Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
Published: 19 July 2024

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Ammonia

MPA, ITOCHU and partners sign MoU on ammonia-fuelled bulk carriers study

As a government agency, MPA,will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations, says ClassNK.

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Classification society ClassNK on Thursday (18 July) said it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ITOCHU Corporation, Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd., and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) regarding a joint study for the design and safety specifications of ammonia-fuelled ships which are under development by ITOCHU and partners.

“The discussion for a specification of ammonia-fuelled ships with a governmental body related to their operation is essential for a social implementation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK said. 

“As one of parties of the MoU, MPA, a government agency overseeing the world’s busiest bunkering hub, will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations.”

The MoU is based on the premise that 200,000 deadweight ton class bulk carriers will be built by Nihon Shipyard with an ammonia dual-fuelled engine.

“The necessary clarifications of the specification for the ammonia-fueled ship to carry out ammonia bunkering in Singapore will be conducted among parties of this MoU, for the commercialisation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK added.

 

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Published: 19 July 2024

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Biofuel

“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels “Viking Ocean”, “Viking Diamond” and “Viking Coral” while bunkering in Singapore, says Gram Car Carriers.

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“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Norwegian transportation firm Gram Car Carriers (GCC) on Thursday (18 July) said Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” LINE) will use biofuel on three vessels chartered from GCC from July onwards. 

“The biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels Viking Ocean, Viking Diamond and Viking Coral while bunkering in Singapore, an Asian hub for marine biofuels,” GCC said on its social media. 

“The use of biofuel is a key environmental initiative to reduce emissions across the entire value chain (well-to-exhaust) and an effective way of transitioning to low-carbon marine fuels amid globally tightening environmental regulations.”

“We support the green mobility shift. This means that GCC commit to supporting the transition of both vehicles and their logistic chain towards a zero-emission future in close cooperation with leading customers such as K-Line,” said Georg A. Whist, CEO of GCC.

 

Photo credit: Gram Car Carriers
Published: 19 July 2024

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