• 2018 May 24 16:15

    MABUX: Bunker prices continue upward trend

    The Bunker Review is contributed by Marine Bunker Exchange

    World oil indexes have demonstrated firm upward trend during the week (despite of slight de-cline on May 23 due to an unexpected build in U.S. crude and gasoline inventories) and were at their highest in three and a half years.  Geopolitics continued to be the main supportive factor: the market grows increasingly wary over possible supply outages due to US sanctions on Iran, Venezuela’s crisis, and OPEC’s adherence to its production cut deal.

    MABUX World Bunker Index (consists of a range of prices for 380 HSFO, 180 HSFO and MGO at the main world hubs) also demonstrated slight upward trend in the period of May.17 – May 24:
        
    380 HSFO - up from 442,21 00 to 448,64 USD/MT(+6.43)
    180 HSFO - up from 480,64 to 487,29 USD/MT     (+6.65)
    MGO        - up from 708.79 to 714,43 USD/MT     (+5.64)

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) is ready to act if necessary to ensure that markets re-main well supplied. The agency is talking to both oil producers and oil consumers as crude prices recently reached their highest level since November 2014 on the back of heightened geopolitical concerns. Two weeks ago the IEA said that the restoration of sanctions on Iran may have implications for the market balance, adding that it is closely following the situation. Saudi Arabia in turn suggested shortly after the U.S. announced its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal that OPEC would act to mitigate any supply shortfall should it occur.

    OECD crude inventories fell in March by 27 million barrels, putting total stocks at a three-year low and, crucially, 1 million barrels below the five-year average. OPEC has claimed for more than a year that it was trying to erase the inventory surplus, and at least according to IEA data, that mission has now been accomplished.

    Meantime, OPEC and Russia were discussing price volatility on the oil market. It is expected that OPEC would step in to mitigate supply losses, although for now, the preference is to leave the production limits unchanged. OPEC officials have said the price rally is being driven by fear and not based on the fundamentals.

    Also, one of the main market’s concerns is additional U.S. sanctions against Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro was re-elected for a six-year term. The process has been criticized by the United States, the European Union and major Latin America countries. Possible sanctions could hurt Venezuelan oil supply further, already reeling from lack of maintenance and state-run PDVSA’s inability to pay its bills. Most recently, the company elected to close its refinery in Curacao after ConocoPhillips has seized oil as it seeks to collect on a $2 billion court award. Barclays said output from Venezuela could fall below 1 million barrels per day while the country produced around 1.4 million bpd in April.

    Ahead of U.S. sanctions on Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened even tougher sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Pompeo claimed the sanctions would be the strongest in history when complete. The White House also laid out new demands for Iran on May 21, which said any new nuclear deal with the U.S. would require Iran to stop enriching uranium and to pull its support for militant groups in the Middle East.

    Iran in turn prepares for some disruption in its oil industry after the reintroduction of U.S. sanctions and would probably rely mostly on its biggest buyers: China, India and the European Un-ion. All of them have clearly indicated they had no intention to stop buying Iranian crude, with the EU specifically signalling it would make an effort to uphold the Iran nuclear deal and shield companies doing business in the country from U.S. sanctions.

    Meantime, President Trump is also pressuring Germany to scrap the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia if it wants to avoid a trade war with the United States. Trump reportedly told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the U.S. would restart talks with the EU on a trade deal in exchange for Germany cancelling the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

    U.S. commercial crude inventories surged by 5.8 million barrels in the week-ending May 18. Traders were looking for a drawdown of 2.5 million barrels. U.S. crude oil exports dropped by more than 800,000 barrels a day last week to about 1.75 million barrels a day. Additionally, crude imports were up to 558,000 barrels.

    US oil production rose again in the week ending May 11, reaching 10.725 million bpd—the thirteenth build in as many weeks—and less than 300,000 bpd shy of the 11.0 million bpd forecast that many are predicting for 2018. US production has steadily increased since OPEC engaged in a supply cut deal. At the time the deal was announced, the US was producing 8.6 million bpd. Today, the US is producing more than 2.0 million bpd over that figure, while OPEC/NOPEC continues to curb supply on its end. Meantime, the U.S. oil rig count held steady at 844 last week after rising for six weeks in a row.

    There is a sign of hope that ongoing trade tensions between Washington and Beijing could be remedied. China said that it agreed to significantly increase its purchases of American goods and services, including energy and agricultural commodities. The disclosure came after the conclusion of intensive trade talks in Washington on May 19. A joint statement said, there was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States’ trade deficit in goods with China. However, the two sides did not indicate if they would either delay or drop trade tariffs threats.

    China’s crude oil inventories rose by 65.3 percent between March and April, or by 37.84 mil-lion barrels on the back of lower refinery throughput rates and higher imports. This month should see another increase in oil stocks as imports remain robust. These hit a record high last month, at 9.64 million barrels daily, up by 14.7 percent on the year and by 4.1 percent on the month. But while China has been importing more crude, the source pattern of this crude has been changing. Earlier this month, Sinopec said it will cut crude oil shipments from Saudi Arabia by 40 percent in June, after it did the same with May shipments, after Riyadh surprisingly raised the price of its light crude for Asian clients. At the same time, Beijing has assured Iran it will continue buying crude from it despite U.S. sanctions.

    We expect geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and the situation in Venezuela will continue to support prices at least until OPEC’s next meeting with Russia, due in a month, when an announcement of quota easing might pressure them further. So bunker prices will continue upward evolution next week.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    All prices stated in USD / Mton
    All time high Brent = $147.50 (July 11, 2008)
    All time high Light crude (WTI) = $147.27 (July 11, 2008)




2018 August 18

08:03 Port of Oakland to build Seaport Logistics Complex
08:00 CMA CGM announces PSS from Europe, Scandinavia, Black Sea and West Med to Indian Ocean islands
07:57 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe
07:41 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S posts results for Q2 2018

2018 August 17

20:03 A system of floating containment booms installed near two jetties of Petersburg Oil Terminal
18:26 Krasnoye Sormovo Shipyard launches Pola Feodosia, forth of RSD59 dry cargo vessel series
17:54 Primorsk Oil Terminal’s throughput in Jan-Jul falls 12% to 31.38 million tonnes
17:51 Nevsky Shipyard continues testing of unique replenishment system
17:08 Marine Robotics: Laws, Applications, Technologies roundtable registration underway in Moscow and Vladivostok
17:03 Port of Vysotsk volume in Jan-Jul down to 10.45 million tonnes
16:27 Port of Ust-Luga throughput in Jan-Jul down 4% to 56.27 million tonnes (details)
16:04 Western Bulk publishes First half 2018 results
15:53 Port of St. Petersburg seven-month volumes grow 13% to 34.39 million tonnes (details)
15:34 Stena Blue Sky delivers the first LNG cargo at energy giant ENN's new terminal in China
15:03 ANL announces FAK rates from North Europe and Mediterranean to Australia
14:33 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S delivers revenue growth in the second quarter of 2018
14:03 Third railway track put into operation in Port Bronka
13:58 Nevsky Shipyard wins contract for Arc4 passenger/freight vessel duo to be deployed on Sakhalin-Kurils route
13:51 Samsung Heavy Industries wins two eco-friendly LNG carriers
13:21 TORM posts H1 2018 interim results
13:04 A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S to pursue a separate listing of Maersk Drilling
12:30 Hapag-Lloyd invests in growing East African market
12:07 Port of Oakland gives $70,000 to develop eco-jobs workforce
11:07 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates for Far East Westbound East Asia (including Japan) to North Europe and Mediterranean
10:45 Crude oil futures price edges down to $71.38 in London, in New York to $65.44
10:07 Latest Sanmar tugboat under trials
10:02 Gazprom Neft 1H 2018 net profit soars 1.5-fold
09:41 Baltic Dry Index adds 2 pts to 1727 points
09:37 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Coronis
09:32 Port of St. Petersburg bunker prices close the week on a down note
09:06 Gulftainer invests AED11 mln in road extension
08:27 CMA CGM implements new FAK rates from North Europe and Mediterranean to Australia

2018 August 16

18:45 Kalashnikov Concern’s Vympel Shipyard lays keel for freezer trawler of Project T30
18:06 Port of Dover awarded contract to Solent Marine Ltd to design and fit-out Dover's new marina
17:32 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East Asia to West Africa
17:06 Hapag-Lloyd increases reefer fleet by 11,100 containers
16:56 DFDS orders additional freight ferry (ro-ro) newbuilding from the Chinese Jinling Shipyard
16:52 Sovcomflot’s shuttle tanker Governor Farkhutdinov ships 600th crude oil cargo for Sakhalin-2
16:03 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Mozambique
15:47 Taganrog Sea Commercial Port's H1 2018 employee benefits and rewards programme totals RUB 2.2 million
15:31 Melbourne port operator ICTSI may be investigated by State and Federal authorities
15:09 Bunker prices at Far Eastern ports remain flat
14:33 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to Indian Ocean
14:27 MABUX: Bunker prices may change irregular next week
14:13 Maersk Line announces rates from Far East to North Europe
13:42 First ever S-T-S loading of 70000dwt Panamax coal carrier performed at Shakhtersk harbour transshipment location in Sakhalin
13:32 More investment contracts at the Port of Gdansk
13:02 Wärtsilä equipped Canadian ferry will have minimal environmental impact
12:16 Damen Shipyards Galati celebrates 125 years
12:09 Okskaya Sudoverf Shipyard launches 6th serial barge of Project ROB20
12:03 Boskalis presents half-year results and terminates loss-making low-end transport activities
11:59 Port of Oakland container volume up 3.6 percent in July 2018
11:45 Rolls-Royce launches new battery system for ships
10:58 DP World revenue up 14.4% in H1 2018
10:57 VARD secures contract for one autonomous and electric-driven container vessel for YARA
09:39 EU NAVFOR mission operation commander visits Spanish MPRA in Djibouti
09:21 Baltic Dry Index gains to 1725 points

2018 August 15

18:33 Equinor extends partnership with The Arctic Race of Norway
17:56 Port Kavkaz seven-month volumes soar 30% Y/Y to 25.21 million tonnes
17:36 Russian Gov't to allocate RUB 500 million in subsidies to support small-tonnage fishing ships construction, Rosrybolovstvo says