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Singapore: MPA notifies shipping community on resolutions adopted by MPEC 81

Bunker fuel-related resolutions include adoption of amendments to MARPOL Annex VI concerning definition of fuel oil and gas fuel, clarification on sampling point(s) and BDN for low-flashpoint fuels and gas fuels.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday (24 May) issued Port Marine Circular No. 4 of 2024 informing the shipping community of resolutions, including those related to bunker fuel, adopted by MPEC 81:

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE 81st SESSION OF THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COMMITTEE (MEPC 81) OF THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION (IMO)

This circular informs the shipping community of the resolutions adopted by MEPC 811 and urges the shipping community to prepare for the implementation of these resolutions.

The mandatory resolutions adopted by MEPC 81 include the following:

Resolution MEPC.383(81) Amendments to Regulations A-1 and B-2 of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments (IBWMC), 2004

This resolution adopts amendments to Regulations A-1 and B-2 of the IBWMC concerning the use of electronic record books. The amendments will enter into force on 01 October 2025 and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Ballast Water Management) Regulations.

Resolution MEPC.384(81)Amendments to Protocol I of MARPOL (Reporting Procedures for the Loss of Containers)

This resolution adopts amendments to Protocol I of MARPOL concerning the reporting procedures for the loss of freight containers that includes cross referencing SOLAS V/31 and V/32 requirements on danger messages. The amendments will enter into force on 01 January 2026 and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Reporting of Pollution Incidents) Regulations.

Resolution MEPC.385(81)Amendments to MARPOL Annex VI (LowFlashpoint Fuels and Other Fuel Oil Related Issues, Marine Diesel Engine Replacing Steam System, Accessibility of Data and Inclusion of Data on Transport Work and Enhanced Granularity in the IMO Ship Fuel Consumption Database (IMO DCS))

This resolution adopts amendments to MARPOL Annex VI concerning the definition of fuel oil and gas fuel, NOx requirements related to replacing a steam system with a marine diesel engine, clarification on sampling point(s) and bunker delivery notes for low-flashpoint fuels and gas fuels, and expansion of data required relevant to the IMO DCS. The amendments will enter into force on 01 August 2025 and will be given effect through amendments to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) Regulations. 

MEPC 81 also adopted the following resolutions: 

Resolution MEPC.386(81)2024 Guidelines as required by Regulation 13.2.2 of MARPOL Annex VI in respect of Non-Identical Replacement Engines not required to meet the Tier III limit 

This resolution contains guidance on the criteria of when it is not possible for a replacement engine to meet the standards in regulation 13.5.1.1 (Tier III), with additional points for consideration in determining the Tier of engine required when replacing a steam system. This Guidelines supersede the 2013 Guidelines adopted by resolution MEPC.230(65). 

Resolution MEPC.387(81) Interim Guidance on the Application of the BWM Convention to Ships Operating in Challenging Water Quality (CWQ) Conditions

This resolution contains guidance to assist ships in planning for compliance with the BWM Convention and the D-2 discharge standard when a type-approved ballast water management system (BWMS) that has been properly installed, operated and maintained encounters operational limitations or has difficulty meeting the operational demand in CWQ conditions. 

Resolution MEPC.388(81)Amendments to the 2022 Guidelines for the Development of a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) (Resolution MEPC.346(78)) 

This resolution adopts amendments to the 2022 Guidelines for the development of a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) (resolution MEPC.346(78)) to support the required information to be reported to the IMO DCS after amendments to Appendix IX of MARPOL Annex VI have entered into force. 

Resolution MEPC.389(81)Amendments to the 2022 Guidelines for Administration Verification of Ship Fuel Oil Consumption Data and Operational Carbon Intensity (Resolution MEPC.348(78))

This resolution adopts amendments to the 2022 Guidelines for Administration Verification of Ship Fuel Oil Consumption Data and Operational Carbon Intensity to support the required information to be reported to the IMO DCS after amendments to Appendix IX of MARPOL Annex VI have entered into force.

Resolution MEPC.390(81)Amendments to the 2021 Guidelines on the Shaft/Engine Power Limitation System to comply with the EEXI Requirements and Use of a Power Reserve (Resolution MEPC.335(76), as amended by Resolution MEPC.375(80)) 

This resolution adopts amendments to the 2021 Guidelines on the Shaft/Engine Power Limitation System to comply with the EEXI Requirements and Use of a Power Reserve (resolution MEPC.335(76), as amended by resolution MEPC.375(80)), to support a uniform and consistent application, including the use of power reserve of the Shaft/Engine Power Limitation System. 

Resolution MEPC.391(81)2024 Guidelines on Life Cycle GHG Intensity of Marine Fuels (2024 LCA Guidelines)

This resolution contains guidance on the life cycle GHG intensity assessment for all fuels and other energy carriers (e.g. electricity) used on board a ship and aim at covering the whole fuel life cycle (with specific boundaries), from feedstock extraction/cultivation/ recovery, feedstock conversion to a fuel product, transportation as well as distribution/bunkering, and fuel utilization on board a ship, amongst other things. This resolution revokes the LCA Guidelines adopted by resolution MEPC.376(80).

In addition to the adoption of resolutions, the following Unified Interpretation (UI) was also approved by MEPC 81: 

  1. MEPC.1/Circ.795/Rev.9 – Unified interpretations to MARPOL Annex VI (Regulations 2.2.15 and 2.2.18). 

Any queries relating to this circular should be directed to MPA Shipping Division via email at [email protected].

 

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Published: 27 May 2024

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Methanol Institute: Breakthroughs and Strategic Moves in Sustainable Marine Fuels (Week 23, 3-9 June 2024)

This week, the maritime industry made pivotal advancements in methanol fuel technology, forged strategic partnerships, and achieved key regulatory milestones, highlighting a concerted effort toward greener marine operations.

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The Methanol Institute, provides an exclusive weekly commentary on developments related to the adoption of methanol as a bunker fuel, including significant related events recorded during the week, for the readers of bunkering publication Manifold Times:

More heavy hitters are getting behind the supply of methanol to marine customers as the demand for newbuildings continues to strengthen.

The ramp-up in biofuels provided by energy major ExxonMobil are expected to support the industry’s decarbonization process as owners place further orders, vessels hit the water and new bunkering operations are planned.

Methanol marine fuel related developments for Week 23 of 2024:

ExxonMobil Expands Marine Biofuels Offering for Shipping Industry
Date: June 4th, 2024

Key Points: ExxonMobil is expanding its marine biofuels offering, actively engaging with multiple customers, including Hapag Lloyd and Wallenius Wilhelmsen. Recent deliveries from its Fawley refinery to several UK ports have demonstrated successful biofuel use without engine modifications. Biofuels are expected to play a significant role in the first phase of shipping's decarbonization, with a future shift towards methanol, ammonia, and hydrogen. ExxonMobil is exploring technologies and pathways to meet the industry's low-emission fuel needs.

DNV: Growing Demand for Methanol-Fueled Vessels Evident in May Newbuild Orders
Date: June 4th, 2024

Key Points: DNV's recent data shows a significant increase in orders for methanol-fueled vessels, with 23 out of 33 new orders in May being methanol-powered. This trend highlights the maritime industry’s growing appetite for methanol as a viable alternative fuel, driven by its lower emissions and alignment with decarbonization goals. Methanol's role is increasingly pivotal as the shipping sector seeks sustainable and compliant fuel options to meet future environmental regulations.

NKT Orders Methanol-Powered Cable-Laying Vessel
Date: June 5th, 2024

Key Points: NKT has ordered a 176-meter dual-fuel cable-laying vessel, the NKT Eleonora, capable of running on methanol, HVO, and MDO. Scheduled for operation in 2027, this vessel reflects NKT's commitment to sustainability and enhancing installation capacity. The decision to build a methanol-fueled vessel aligns with NKT’s strategic goal of providing greener power cable solutions, supporting the industry's shift towards environmentally friendly fuels.

Hagland Shipping Orders Methanol-Convertible Bulk Carriers
Date: June 5th, 2024

Key Points: Hagland Shipping has ordered four 5,000 DWT dry bulk carriers from Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes. These vessels are designed to be easily converted to methanol propulsion in the future, reducing CO2 emissions by 40-50% and NOx emissions by 90-95% compared to the oldest ships in their fleet. The first ship is expected to be delivered by the end of 2025, enhancing Hagland's commitment to sustainability and emission reduction in Northern Europe and the Baltic region.

Headway Technology Group Opens New Office in Greece
Date: June 6th, 2024

Key Points: Headway Technology Group (Qingdao) Co., Ltd. has inaugurated a new office in Greece, coinciding with the first day of the Posidonia 2024 exhibition. This expansion aims to strengthen Headway's presence in the European low-carbon shipping sector, providing enhanced technical support and services. The new office will showcase Headway's methanol fuel supply systems and other green technologies, reinforcing their commitment to sustainable maritime solutions and supporting the global shift towards low-emission shipping practices.

Vopak Partners to Establish Green Methanol Bu Methanol Bunkering in China
Date: June 6th, 2024

Key Points: Vopak has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the vice mayor of Tianjin to develop a green methanol bunkering operation in Northern China's Tianjin port. This initiative aims to repurpose existing infrastructure for new energy projects, positioning Tianjin as a crucial logistics hub for green methanol development. The partnership with Tianjin Port Group underscores Vopak's commitment to supporting sustainable maritime fuels and contributing to the global energy transition.

New Methanol-Ready Fallpipe Vessel Named "Yellowstone"
Date: June 7th, 2024

Key Points: DEME Group's new fallpipe vessel, the 37,000 DWT "Yellowstone," has been officially named in a ceremony held in Zeebrugge, Belgium. The vessel, designed for future conversion to methanol dual-fuel propulsion, features a hybrid power plant with a 1 MWh Li-ion battery. The naming ceremony, attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid, underscores DEME's commitment to innovation and sustainability in marine operations.

 

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Published: 14 June 2024

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Baltic Exchange: Bunker Report (13 June 2024)

Bunker report panellists include Island Oil Limited, Cockett Marine Oil Pte, Monjasa A/S and KPI OceanConnect.

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Baltic bunker report 13 June

The following bunker report has been provided by freight market information provider Baltic Exchange for post on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times:

Note:

All values are in US$/metric ton, all-in (invoice price), delivered on board
Delivery in 7-10 days
ISO 8217:2010
IFO 380 3.5% Sulphur
IFO 380 0.5% Sulphur
DMA 0.1% Sulphur

Rotterdam – Waalhaven – Maasvlakte range
Houston – Houston Harbor
Singapore – Anchorage, under SBA Scheme
Fujairah – Offshore Anchorage Area

Submitted weekly at Close of Business UK time, on Tuesday & Thursdays

Panellists:
Island Oil Limited, Cockett Marine Oil Pte, Monjasa A/S, KPI OceanConnect

 

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Published: 14 June 2024

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ENGINE: Americas Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook (13 June 2024)

Availability tight in NOLA; low bunker demand in GOLA; bad weather disrupts Freeport bunkering.

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The following article regarding bunker fuel availability in the Americas region has been provided by online marine fuel procurement platform ENGINE for post on Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times:

  • Availability tight in NOLA
  • Low bunker demand in GOLA
  • Bad weather disrupts Freeport bunkering

North America

Bunker demand has remained good in Houston and several other locations along the US Gulf Coast this week. Availability of all fuel grades has been normal for prompt supply in Houston. Several suppliers in Houston have ample VLSFO and LSMGO availability and are actively offering stems for prompt deliveries. VLSFO stems for non-prompt dates were being fixed at as low as $567/mt on Thursday.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO supply is available in Bolivar Roads and Beaumont. However, bunker deliveries in these locations remain subject to weather conditions and the availability of anchorage spaces, a source says.

Availability has tightened in the New Orleans Outer Anchorage’s (NOLA) this week. One supplier requires 7–10 days to deliver VLSFO and LSMGO stems in NOLA.

Bunkering was proceeding normally in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area (GOLA) on Thursday amid good weather conditions. The weather is forecast to remain calm over the weekend and into next week. Overall, demand has been very low this week at the anchorage.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on the West Coast have experienced a notable surge in demand this week. One contributing factor could be the competitive bunker prices in the twin ports compared to prices seen in other West Coast ports like Seattle and Vancouver.

VLSFO and LSMGO availability has been better than normal in Los Angeles and Long Beach. One supplier can supply both grades with a lead time of just four days, which is much shorter than the typical 7-9 days observed in these ports.

Prompt VLSFO and LSMGO are available in the East Coast port of New York.

Baltimore’s main shipping channel has been restored to its full depth and width after the removal of debris from the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse. Bunker demand has been steady there, and most suppliers are able to offer stems with a lead time of 5-7 days.

Caribbean and Latin America

Bunker fuel availability has been normal in the Panamanian ports of Balboa and Cristobal. At least four suppliers can offer all bunker grades in Balboa, with lead times of up to seven days.

Demand has surged for Balboa compared to Cristobal for prompt dates.

Bunker operations were suspended in the Bahamas’ Freeport on Thursday due to strong wind gusts of up to 27 knots. The weather is expected to remain rough until Saturday, which could cause prolonged delays and disruptions.

Operations were also suspended in Argentina's Zona Comun anchorage on Thursday due to adverse weather conditions. The area was experiencing strong wind gusts of up to 30 knots, making barge deliveries difficult there.

Availability of VLSFO and LSMGO remains tight in Zona Commune for prompt dates. One supplier can offer VLSFO stems at the anchorage only for deliveries after 20 June, a source says.

In Brazil, bunker demand has been low across most ports, including Santos and Rio de Janeiro. Several suppliers are able to offer stems with a lead time of 5-7 days.

By Debarati Bhattacharjee

 

Photo credit and source: ENGINE
Published: 14 June, 2024

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