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JLC China Bunker Market Monthly Report (July, 2020)

In June, bunker fuel prices in Malaysia and Singapore weakened compared with domestic prices and incentivised distributors to make large purchases, reports JLC.




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Beijing-based commodity market information provider JLC Network Technology Co. on Thursday (13 August) shared its JLC China Bunker monthly report for July with Manifold Times through an exclusive arrangement:

JLVJLC China Bunker Market Monthly Report (July, 2020)


Demand and Supply

Bunker Fuel Demand

Bonded bunker fuel sales rise in July on better demand

In July, China’s bonded bunker fuel sales grew to about 1.36 million mt, versus 1.18 million mt in June, JLC data showed. Demand for bonded bunker fuel improved in July as the shipping market recovered with better control of the virus in some parts of the world. Idle freight capacity was activated upon receding impacts of the virus and demand for containers transport improved markedly. Meanwhile, sales of bonded bunker fuel were driven up by strong demand for iron ore recently amid positive sentiment. Chimbusco and Sinopec sold about 502,000 mt and 635,000 mt of bonded bunker fuel, respectively. Bonded bunker fuel sales were about 100,000 mt for SinoBunker, 12,000 mt for China ChangJiang Bunker (Sinopec) and 22,000 mt for CNPC-TAFO. New enterprises in the China (Zhejiang) Pilot Free Trade Zone sold 85,000 mt.

China’s bonded bunker fuel sales climbed to 1.29 million mt in June, up by 3.3% month on month, according to GAC data. In June, bonded bunker fuel prices rose, fueled by improving sentiment. In addition, domestic ports were overwhelmed by congestion and tankers had difficulties unloading. As end-user demand improved, freight capacity tightened, leading to higher freight rates. Meanwhile, the shipping market rebounded slightly as governments of different countries adopted a series of policies to stimulate economic recovery, further supporting a modest increase in bonded bunker fuel sales in June. Specifically, bonded bunker fuel sales were 607,000 mt for Sinopec, 486,000 mt for Chimbusco, 96,000 mt for SinoBunker, 8,800 mt for China ChangJiang Bunker (Sinopec), 16,000 mt for CNPC-TAFO and 79,000 mt for new enterprises in the China (Zhejiang) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

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Domestic bunker fuel demand slides in July

Domestic bunker fuel demand dropped in July. As the rainy season in the southern region extended, bulk demand reduced significantly in July and the shipping market stayed sluggish. Although the rainy season receded since the middle of the month, the bulk market’s support from the hot weather for a short period was not firm. Demand for coal did not improve much with a lack of boost to the shipping market. End users' consumption of domestic-trade heavy bunker fuel was about 260,000 mt in the month, down by 20,000 mt or 7.14% from the previous month. The demand for light bunker fuel was 90,000 mt in July, down by 5,000 mt from June on thin trades amid frequent rains.

Bunker Fuel Supply

Bonded bunker fuel imports drop 10.36% in June

China’s bonded bunker fuel imports were 1,392,000 mt in June, a decline of 10.36% month on month and a rise of 36.33% year on year, GAC data showed. In June, bunker fuel prices in Malaysia and Singapore weakened, compared with domestic bunker fuel prices. The cost-effectiveness of bunker fuel from these countries continued to incentivize domestic bonded fuel distributors to make large purchases. Besides, some early cargoes of bonded bunker fuel imports delayed arrivals to June. Therefore, China's bonded bunker fuel imports in June were relatively high, despite a month-on-month slip.

Specifically, the largest import source for China was still Malaysia with 770,000 mt of bunker fuel, followed by Singapore with 279,000 mt. The imports were 123,000 mt from South Korea, 90,000 mt from UAE and 60,000 mt from Bahamas. Besides, imports from Japan and Thailand totaled 69,000 mt.

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Domestic blended bunker fuel supply dips in July

Chinese blended producers supplied a total of around 330,000 mt of heavy bunker fuel in July, a drop of 10,000 mt or 2.94% month on month, JLC data showed. Feedstock costs were stable to lower due to slim downstream demand, despite a tight supply of low-sulfur residue oil. Domestic bunker fuel prices stayed low amid a weak coastal bulk market and tepid end-user demand. Although blending profits increased, blended producers were reluctant to boost supply and most of them mainly supplied to buyers with contracts and operated with low stocks. Therefore, domestic blended bunker fuel supply in July slipped. Light bunker fuel supply was about 90,000 mt, down by 10,000 mt from June. Despite rising international crude prices, light bunker fuel supply stayed low amid slack sentiment.

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JLC Network Technology Co., Ltd is recognised as the leading information provider in China. We specialise in providing transparent, high-value. authoritative market intelligence and professional analysis in commodity markets. Our expertise covers oil, gas. coal, chemical, plastic, rubber. fertilizer and metal industry, etc.

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

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Published: 14 August, 2020

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MAN Energy Solutions opens largest service hub in Singapore

New facility able to meet demand for repairs, maintenance and training services for MAN Energy Solutions’ alternative-fuel engines, such as two-stroke methanol dual-fuel engines.






Singapore on Friday (1 March) welcomed the opening of MAN Energy Solutions’ new mixed purpose facility today that will expand their local business activities.

MAN Energy Solutions is one of the global engine makers of alternative-fuel engines, and is driving the maritime energy transition by enabling the use of cleaner fuels in ships around the world.

Located in Tuas, MAN Energy Solutions' EUR 20 mil (SGD30 mil) investment will include a new MAN PrimeServ training academy for customers and employees, a logistics centre to serve as the warehouse for Asia, and a PrimeServ workshop to provide maintenance and repair services, including for MAN Energy Solutions’ alternative-fuel engines.

The new facility will serve as the largest service hub for MAN Energy Solutions’ activities and engagements outside of Europe, and will allow shipowners and ship managers to gain round-the-clock access to technical services for MAN Energy Solutions products such as repairs and maintenance of their alternative-fuel two-stroke engines, reduce turnaround times for ships due to quicker access to spare parts, and providing training for seafarers on the safe operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of all MAN Energy Solutions equipment.

The new facility would also be timely to cater to the demand for repairs, maintenance and training services for MAN Energy Solutions’ alternative-fuel engines, such as the two-stroke methanol dual-fuel engines that are already available and for the two-stroke ammonia dual-fuel engines that are currently in development.

The mixed-purpose facility was launched by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment.

SMS Khor said: “MAN Energy Solutions has been a long-time partner for Maritime Singapore since its establishment here in 1977. I am heartened that MAN Energy Solutions has placed a strong vote of confidence in Singapore by setting up its second hub outside of Europe here, setting the stage for collaboration in maritime decarbonisation, digitalisation, and talent development.”

“The expansion of MAN Energy Solutions’ workshop and warehouse activities will provide much needed capacity to support the maintenance of ocean-going vessels that adopt engines fuelled by new marine fuels.”

“MAN Energy Solutions' expanded training academy will also support Singapore's drive to upskill and reskill of our workforce, to build confidence for maritime workers to safely handle new marine fuels. I look forward to many more years of meaningful collaboration, especially in these emerging areas.”

Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO MAN Energy Solutions, said, “With over 9,000 square metres of floor space, Singapore is our largest hub outside of Europe in what is one of the most important maritime centres globally. We intend for this mixed-purpose facility to advance the maritime energy transition locally through education, logistics, and a comprehensive after-sales portfolio. Ultimately, we are ‘moving big things to zero’ and leading our customers towards a multi-fuel, decarbonised future.”

Mr Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, said, “As the world’s largest bunkering port and major transhipment hub, Singapore is committed to the maritime digitalisation and the green transition. We have been long-time partners with MAN Energy Solutions and have been working closely together in various methanol and ammonia shipping consortiums and also in skills development.”

“MAN Energy Solutions’ new maintenance and training facility here will add deep expertise and experience to the growing and vibrant new fuels ecosystem here and also upskilling of our maritime workforce, especially in the area of new methanol and ammonia engines.”

Nicolas Brabeck, Managing Director, MAN Energy Solutions, Singapore, said: “This new facility represents one of the biggest investments that we have made outside of our product centres within recent years. It forms a key part of our company’s Triple 10+ business strategy that aims for growth through green technologies. In this context, we intend to equip our personnel with the right skillsets to handle the new technologies coming online and drive our business forward. We therefore expect to significantly increase staff numbers on-site to some 400 people by 2027, and look forward to cultivating great relationships with our customers and the various, Singaporean authorities.”

MAN Energy Solutions’ Singapore office is its largest service hub outside Europe, and currently employs 250 staff.


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 4 March 2024

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Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union launches upgraded Wavelink Maritime Simulation Centre

Centre includes new dual-fuel engine simulators, offering realistic training scenarios to prepare seafarers for the evolving maritime landscape and the shift to cleaner bunker fuels.





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Singapore Maritime Officers'​ Union launched the newly upgraded Wavelink Maritime Simulation Centre (WMSC), according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (29 February).

The SGD 2.75 million facility includes new dual-fuel engine simulators, offering realistic training scenarios to prepare seafarers for the evolving maritime landscape and the shift to cleaner fuels, in line with industry sustainability goals.

The WMSC was unveiled by Minister Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment at SMOU’s seminar titled Advancing Maritime Resilience: No One is Left Behind.

The seminar, focusing on transition and training, aimed to reinforce shared responsibility, empower the maritime workforce through training, and champion sustainability without disadvantaging stakeholders in achieving #netzero emissions by 2050.

MPA's Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate & Strategy) Hoe Soon Tan participated in a panel discussion on "Prioritising a 'Just Transition", addressing strategies to bridge skill gaps and ensure a smooth and equitable transition for all seafarers.


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 4 March 2024

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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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