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Port of Rotterdam records 4% decrease in 2018 marine oil sales

22 Feb 2019

The Rotterdam bunker port recorded a 4% decrease in bunker oil volume on year in 2018 due to the increased scale and use of modern vessels in container shipping, it says while noting box vessels accounting for approximately 70% of the total Rotterdam bunker market.

A total 9.5 million metric tonnes (mt) of bunker oil was sold in 2018, slightly lower than 9.9 million mt in 2017, show port data.

The throughput of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as bunker fuel increased considerably from 1,500 mt to 9,500 mt.

“These days, LNG bunkering in Rotterdam is business as usual. As well as Titan LNG, Shell and Anthony Veder have now also registered as LNG bunker specialists in the Rotterdam port,” it says.

“The Port Authority is expecting to have ten suppliers within five years and a considerable increase in LNG bunkering.”

Moving forward, the port says its oil product refineries and storage terminals are readying themselves for the delivery and storage of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) in preparation for IMO 2020.

Bunker sales at Rotterdam port (m3):

Year Fuel oil MGO MDO Lubes TOTAL (m3)
2016 8,483,644 1,426,879 139,036 96,326 10,145,884
2017 8,255,467 1,387,913 147,035 99,677 9,890,091
2018 7,918,852 1,358,613 103,671 94,201 9,475,338

LNG marine fuel sales at Rotterdam port:

Year LNG (in metric tonnes)
2016 100
2017 1,500
2018 9,500

Related: Rotterdam: Q3 bunker sales down 7.9% to 2.3 million m3 on year
RelatedRotterdam: Q2 bunker sales fall to historical low since 2013

Photo credit: Shell
Published: 22 February, 2019

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