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S&P Global Commodity Insights announces key speakers and agenda for FUJCON 2023

Key decision makers, thought leaders and marine experts will share their views, analysis and insights on global bunker and fuel oil market developments and future bunker fuels development.

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S&P Global Commodity Insights recently announced further details of the 13th International Fujairah Bunkering & Fuel Oil Forum (FUJCON 2023), to be held at the Novotel Fujairah on 13 to 15 March 2023.

Jointly hosted by the Department of Industry & Economy, Government of Fujairah and Port of Fujairah, with the support of Fujairah Oil Industry Zone, FUJCON is rapidly gathering momentum with key speakers from the leading oil and bunker companies.

Following a record oil handling year in 2022, Fujairah will see new storage projects kick-off during 2023 with current storage capacity standing at 11.1 million cbm. The investments will further strengthen its position as one of the Middle East’s largest storage, trading and bunkering hubs, which saw close to 12,500 vessels calling at the Fujairah Offshore Anchorage Area in 2022. 

Furthermore, the port will commission its new dry bulk export facility in Dibba, adding an initial 18 million tonnes of aggregate handling capacity. The Etihad Rail project will complete its connection inside the Port of Fujairah and link Fujairah with other key economic zones in the United Arab Emirates for the movement of containers and general cargo.

The UAE Energy & Infrastructure Minister, His Excellency Eng. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, will deliver a ministerial address on the opening day of the forum on March 14, 2023. Following the ministerial address, other eminent thought leaders will also provide state of the industry addresses, including:

  • Dave Ernsberger, Head of Market Reporting & Trading Solutions, S&P Global Commodity Insights, is to deliver the State of the Marine Fuel Alternatives
  • Tyler Baron, CEO, Minerva Bunkering will deliver the State of the Bunkering Outlook

Through presentations and roundtable discussions, key decision makers, thought leaders and marine experts will share their views, analysis and insights on the global bunker and fuel oil market developments, as well as challenges and steps to be taken by the marine industry in facing the future fuels development.

Under the theme The Maritime Energy Transition and Future Fuels, the two-day forum will provide a packed agenda featuring seven sessions. Speakers will also explore the energy transition and carbon reduction requirements, which are forcing a paradigm shift in the maritime industry and affecting the bunkering and fuel oil sectors.

The debate and discussion on the first day, March 14, will cover a range of topics, including: decarbonization and the role of finance in the shipping industry; market developments and Fujairah’s future fuel options from the supply, operational, environmental and economic  perspectives; fuel oil trade flows and pricing trends; as well as operational challenges and technological developments.

On the second day, March 15, speakers will continue to interact with topics, including: global carbon tax or State vs IMO regulations; contract terms and rules on carbon neutral cargoes; role of LNG in the decarbonization pathway; decarbonization options for maritime operations; demand for biofuels and methanol supplies; as well as terminal infrastructure changes to handle storage of alternative fuels. The forum will be closed with offshore site visit to the Port of Fujairah.

Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, Chairman, FUJCON Steering Committee, said: "The hosting of the much anticipated in-person FUJCON 2023 affirms the commitment of the Department of Industry & Economy, Government of Fujairah, and the Port of Fujairah as hosts, to provide a meeting ground for important dialogue, deliberation and discussion.”

“These have been the distinguishing features of FUJCON since its inception and it continues to provide a fitting stage for a world class event on the international bunkering community’s annual calendar. The Forum will integrate both industry leaders and practitioners, delivering high level content, industry know-how and technical insights to stakeholders and participants, who will once again engage and network face-to face."

FUJCON 2023 has received support and sponsorship from leading marine and bunkering brands including platinum sponsor Peninsula, corporate sponsors ADNOC Logistics & Services, ARIA COMMODITIES, Axiom Global, Fujairah Oil Terminal, GPS Chemoil, Montfort, Sinopec Fuel Oil,

Vopak Horizon Fujairah, VTTI, and VPS as well as function hosts Port of Fujairah, National Bank of Fujairah, Intertek and AKRON. The 2023 event is also supported by BIMCO, INTERTANKO, IBIA and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Note: For more information about FUJCON 2023, please visit www.fujcon.com 

 

Photo credit: S&P Global Commodity Insights
Published: 21 February, 2023

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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.

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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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LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.

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Editor's note: The following article was edited on 4 March 2023 to correct PTP press release's description of CMA CGM Monaco.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership a 2024-built vehicle carrier operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.

 

Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.

 

Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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