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JLC China Bunker Market Monthly Report (February 2023)

China’s bonded bunker fuel sales continued to drop in February as shipping demand slackened; sold about 1.46 million mt in the month, JLC’s data indicates.

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Beijing-based commodity market information provider JLC Network Technology Co. recently shared its JLC China Bunker monthly report for February 2023 with Manifold Times through an exclusive arrangement:

Bunker Fuel Demand

China’s bonded bunker fuel sales continue to drop in February

China’s bonded bunker fuel sales continued to drop in February, as shipping demand slackened amid flabby economy. The country sold about 1.46 million mt of bonded bunker fuel in the month, dipping by 34,000 mt or 2.28%month on month, JLC’s data indicates. In detail, the sales by both Chimbusco and Sinopec Zhoushan slid to 550,000 mt, down from 560,000 mt and 580,000 mt respectively. By contrast, the sales by SinoBunker and China ChangJiang Bunker (Sinopec) rose to 60,000 mt and 40,000 mt, up from 50,000 mt and 35,000 mt respectively. Meanwhile, suppliers with regional licenses sold roughly 260,000 mt, down from 269,000 mt in the previous month.

Bearish sentiment in China’s bonded bunker fuel market persisted and foreign shipowners still held await-and-see attitude. Meanwhile, bunker fuel supply in South China descended, which also contributed to the drop in sales. Still, China boosted its low-sulfur fuel oil (LSFO) production in the month, capping the drop in sales to some degree.

China cuts its bonded bunker fuel exports in Dec

China exported 1.20 million mt of bonded bunker fuel in the last month of 2022, a decline of 7.21%month on month and 13.42% year on year, JLC estimated, with reference to data from the General Administration of Customs of PRC (GACC).

Among these, heavy bunker fuel exports were 1.13 million mt, accounting for 94.19%, while MGO exports were 69,800 mt, making up 5.81%. The exports by suppliers with national licenses were 910,300 mt, accounting for 75.78% of the total exports, with Sinopec Fuel Oil, Chimbusco, SinoBunker and China ChangJiang Bunker (Sinopec) taking 404,000 mt, 444,900 mt, 49,800 mt and 11,600 mt respectively. At the same time, companies with regional licenses exported about 291,000 mt, making up 24.22%.

Chinese refiners cut their bonded bunker fuel exports, as demand in the shipping market remained weak when the negative impact of the epidemic lingered. Meanwhile, most refineries cut their LSFO production when they found fewer margins amid a fall in China’s bonded bunker fuel prices.

Given an outlook of recovering demand, China is expected to expand its bonded bunker fuel exports in 2023. Also, the country is likely to hike its LSFO production this year, making efforts to expand its bonded bunker fuel market. (Note: There is no update on export and import data for January, as the General Administration of Customs of the PRC is expected to combine January and February data instead of providing data for a single month. The combined data for January-February are expected to be released in late March, and JLC will update the data in the March version report.)

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Domestic bunker fuel demand recovers in February

Domestic-trade bunker fuel demand recovered in February, but the recovery was slower than expected due to relatively tepid shipping demand. Some shipowners showed low buying interest, as bunker fuel prices in East and South China were relatively high amid tightening supply.

Domestic demand for heavy bunker fuel gained 30,000 mt or 8.82% to 340,000 mt in February, and that for light bunker fuel jumped by 20,000 mt or 18.18% to 130,000 mt.

Bunker Fuel Supply

China’s bonded bunker fuel imports plunge in Dec 2022

China’s bonded bunker fuel imports plunged on month in December 2022, due to a decrease in Chinese buyers’ import interest coupled with a relatively high base in the previous month.

China tallied 414,300 mt of bonded bunker fuel imports in the month, tumbling by 34.24% month on month, JLC estimated, with reference to data from the General Administration of Customs of PRC (GACC).

Malaysia still led all suppliers in December, exporting 288,400 mt of bonded bunker fuel to China, accountingfor 70% of China’s total imports. Meanwhile, South Korea and Singapore ranked second and third with80,690 mt and 39,000 mt, occupying 21% and 9% respectively.

Domestic buyers sharply reduced their bonded bunker fuel imports, amid relatively steep international bunker fuel prices and high freight rates. Prices of China’s bonded bunker fuel with the maximum sulfur content at 0.5% averaged $605/mt in the month, a drop of 11.68% from a month earlier, more significant than a fall of 9.20% in Singapore’s prices. Domestic bunker fuel prices were still relatively competitive than imported ones.

Also underlying the plunge in the imports was a relatively high level in November. Chinese buyers had hiked their bonded bunker fuel imports to a 12-month high in November, and they lacked enthusiasm to further expand imports in December, with the year-end drawing near.

On a year-on-year comparison, however, the imports gained 2.02% in December.

The country imported an accumulation of 5.11 million mt of bonded bunker fuel in 2022, plummeting by 38.88% year on year, accelerating from a slump of 30.91% in 2021. The plunge was mainly due to booming domestic LSFO production. China produced about 15.90 million mt of LSFO last year, soaring 41.90%year on year, JLC’s data indicates. (Note: There is no update on export and import data for January, as theGeneral Administration of Customs of the PRC is expected to combine January and February data instead of providing data for a single month. The combined data for January-February are expected to be released in late March, and JLC will update the data in the March version report.) 

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Domestic bunker fuel supply increases in February

Domestic bunker fuel supply increased in February, as more ships came back online after the Chinese New Year holiday. Chinese blenders supplied about 360,000 mt of heavy bunker fuel in February, growing by 40,000 mt or 12.5% from a month earlier. Meanwhile, the supply of marine gas oil (MGO) settled at 145,000mt, a rise of 5,000 mt or 3.57%, JLC’s data shows.

Most of the blend stocks such as residual oil, light coal tar and coal-based diesel were delivered to North China, resulting in abundant bunker fuel supply and relatively high inventories in the region. However, the supply of blend stocks and bunker fuel was tight in South China, putting a cap on the increase in domestic-trade bunker fuel supply.

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JLC China Bunker Fuel Market Monthly Report is published by JLC Network Technology Co., Ltd every month on China bunker market, demand, supply, margin, freight index, forecast and so on. The report provides full-scale & concise insight into China bunker oil market.

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Note: China-based commodity market information provider JLC Technology has been providing Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times China bunker volume data since 2020. Data from that period is available here.

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Published: 16 May, 2023

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LNG Bunkering

Singapore: Pavilion Energy supplies LNG to TFG Marine dual-fuel bunker tanker

“MT Diligence” was refuelled with 34 cubic metres of LNG bunker fuel, supplied by Pavilion Energy, marking the first LNG bunkering of TFG Marine’s bunker vessel.

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Singapore: Pavilion Energy supplies LNG to TFG Marine bunker tanker

Global marine fuel supply and procurement firm TFG Marine on Monday (20 May) announced the completion of the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) refuelling of its dual-fuel bunker tanker MT Diligence this week in Jurong Port, Singapore.

The 34 cubic metres (m3) of LNG to power the MT Diligence was supplied by the Marine division of Singapore-headquartered Pavilion Energy. 

“Deploying a vessel that can be powered by LNG as well as conventional low sulphur marine fuels helps TFG Marine to meet its licence requirement with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA),” TFG Marine said in a social media post.

Singapore: Pavilion Energy supplies LNG to TFG Marine dual-fuel bunker tanker

“Built and operated for TFG Marine by CBS Ventures Pte Ltd, the 5,000 dwt MT Diligence has been designed to our technical specifications, including stringent safety considerations and has joined our supply fleet this year in the major bunkering centre of Singapore.”

Manifold Times previously reported TFG Marine christening the first LNG dual-fuel bunker tanker to join its fleet.  

The newbuild vessel, MT Diligence, has joined the company's low sulphur fuel oil and biofuel supply operations in the major bunkering centre of Singapore.

Related: LNG dual-fuel bunker tanker “MT Diligence” joins TFG Marine fleet for Singapore ops

 

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Published: 21 May 2024

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Winding up

Singapore: Liquidators schedule final meeting for Sejahtera Shipping and related companies

Final meetings will be held at 9 Raffles Place, #19-21 Republic Plaza Tower 2, Singapore 048619 for Sejahtera Shipping, Molek Shipping and Madu Shipping.

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The final meetings of Sejahtera Shipping Pte Ltd and its related companies have been scheduled to take place on 21 June, according to the company’s liquidators on a notice posted on Monday (20 May) on the Government Gazette.

The other companies are Molek Shipping Pte Ltd and Madu Shipping Pte Ltd. 

The meetings will be held at 9 Raffles Place, #19-21 Republic Plaza Tower 2, Singapore 048619 at the following times:

  1. Sejahtera Shipping at 11am
  2. Molek Shipping at 10.30am
  3. Madu Shipping at 10am

They will be held for the purposes of having accounts laid before the meeting showing the manner in which the winding-up has been conducted and the property of the company disposed of, and of hearing any explanation that may be given by the liquidator.

The details of the liquidators are as follows:

Cheng Sam Tai Catherine
Liquidator
c/o Crowe Horwath First Trust Corporate Advisory Pte. Ltd.
9 Raffles Place, #19-20 Republic Plaza Tower 2, Singapore 048619

A member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote in his stead. A proxy need not be a member of the company. The instrument appointing a proxy must be deposited at the Registered Office of the company not less than 48 hours before the time set for holding the meeting.

Related: Singapore: Sejahtera Shipping and related companies to be wound up voluntarily

 

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Published: 21 May 2024

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Bunker Fuel

Island Oil eyes Korean market with new Seoul office

New office marked the company’s latest expansion within Far East and Southeast Asia markets, following the opening of the company’s Hong Kong office last year.

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International marine fuel trading firm Island Oil on Monday (20 May) announced it has established an office in Seoul.

This marked the company’s latest expansion within the Far East and Southeast Asia markets, following the opening of the company’s Hong Kong office last year. 

Additionally, Island Oil has several years of established presence in Singapore, along with a representative office in Shanghai. 

Mr. Yongje (Jayden) Choi will be heading the Seoul office as Business Development Manager. 

Jayden

Mr. Yongje (Jayden) Choi

“We welcome Jayden to the Island Oil family”, said Mr. Michell Kamphorst, Head of International Trading, Asia at Island Oil.  

“His expertise in the Korean market will provide an immediate impact as we inaugurate our Seoul office, marking another significant milestone in our Asia expansion.”

“Stepping into Island Oil, I am impressed by their dedication to maintaining a culture of dignity and respect for all team members, as well as their strong commitment to fairness and transparent communication”, said Choi.

“I am excited to be a part of Island Oil's journey towards greater growth and prosperity”, he concluded.

Note: Enquiries can be sent to Island Oil’s Seoul office via email at [email protected]

Related: Island Oil continues expansion into Chinese markets with new Hong Kong trading office
Related: Island Oil and Island Petroleum receive ISCC EU certification for bio bunker fuels

 

Photo credit: TANIM MUNSHI on Unsplash / Island Oil
Published: 21 May 2024

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