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Glencore Singapore and Straits Pinnacle in legal dispute over contaminated HSFO bunker fuel oil samples

Glencore previously commenced Singapore International Arbitration Centre Emergency Applications against Straits Pinnacle but those applications were dismissed, according to documents obtained by Manifold Times.




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A Case Management Conference between legal representatives of Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd (Glencore) Straits Pinnacle Pte Ltd (Straits Pinnacle) has been scheduled to take place at the High Court of the Republic of Singapore on Thursday (29 September).

The meeting seeks to resolve a dispute relating to the level of contaminants in RMG 380 fuel oil (RMG 380 Fuel Oil) supplied by Straits Pinnacle [Defendant] to Glencore [Claimant].

Glencore, for the preservation of evidence, is seeking to have its elected fuel testing agency Inspectorate (Singapore) Pte Ltd conduct checks of six RMG 380 Fuel Oil test samples currently held by AmSpec Testing Services Pte. Ltd. and CCIC Singapore Pte. Ltd.

“It is the Claimant’s position that the Test Samples are degrading with time in respect of the level of contaminants in the Test Samples, thus the urgency of the matter,” stated Glencore’s lawyers, according to court documents obtained by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times

Four of the test samples fall under a January 2022 sale and purchase (S&P) contract of approximately 105,000 metric tonnes (mt) of RMG 380 Fuel Oil, while two of the test samples come under a February 2022 S&P contract of approximately 105,000 mt of RMG 380 Fuel Oil.

Documents further stated Glencore previously commencing Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Emergency Applications against Straits Pinnacle, but those applications have been dismissed “because the Claimant’s applications were defective and dismissed for want of jurisdiction,” stated Straits Pinnacle’s lawyers.

Questions arise on ‘Urgent’ Case Management Conference

Interestingly, the Case Management Conference submitted by Glencore’s legal team to Straits Pinnacle on 8 September originally requested for it to take place in the week starting 12 September due to its alleged urgency.

The development reduces the time afforded to Straits Pinnacle to file its affidavit from the standard 21 days to 7 days, argued Straits Pinnacle’s lawyers.

The modus operandi to-date of Glencore’s lawyers seems to be “to overwhelm Straits Pinnacle and its legal team by mounting concurrent and successive applications irrespective of their individual merits,” they observed.

Glencore has concurrently commenced two sets of SIAC arbitrations, two sets of ad hoc arbitrations, two sets of emergency applications pursuant to the SIAC Rules (which has since been dismissed), two sets of originating applications, and documents spanning more than 1,800 pages in total against Straits Pinnacle.

The lawyers added there was “absolutely no urgency to the present applications” as samples of the RMG 380 fuel oil were taken in February 2022 and almost seven months have elapsed before Glencore’s request to hold a Case Management Conference at the high Court.

“This is an abuse of process and the Defendant will address the Honourable Court further on this in due course,” highlighted Straits Pinnacle’s legal team – which successfully pushed back the Case Management Conference to 29 September.

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Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 26 September, 2022

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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.





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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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