• 2019 March 22 10:49

    MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Mar.22

    The Bunker Review was contributed by Marine Bunker Exchange

    MABUX World Bunker Index (consists of a range of prices for 380 HSFO, 180 HSFO and MGO (Gasoil) in the main world hubs) rose slightly on Mar.21:

    380 HSFO - USD/MT - 421.93(+2.43)
    180 HSFO - USD/MT - 470.14(+2.64)
    MGO - USD/MT - 638.93(+1.00)

    Meantime, world oil indexes traded fell on Mar.21, but still held near 2019 highs.

    Brent for May settlement fell by $0.64 to $67.86 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. West Texas Intermediate for May delivery slid by $0.25 to $59.98 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Brent benchmark traded at the premium of7.88 to WTI. Gasoil for April delivery lost $8.25.

    Today morning oil indexes were stable.

    As per UAE, OPEC and its non-OPEC allies could sign in June a pact to make their oil market-managing policies formal. The charter is ready and has been sent to different countries to look at it, however, questions remain regarding when and where it could be signed and who would actually be signing it. Russia, however, signaled at the end of 2018 that formalizing the alliance may not be such a good idea due to the additional bureaucracy and to the risk of falling prey to a proposed U.S. legislation that could open the cartel and allies to antitrust lawsuits.

    India is selling fuels to Venezuela from India and Europe to sidestep sanctions that bar U.S.-based companies from dealing with state-run PDVSA. It had been supplying alkylate, diluent, naphtha and other fuel to Venezuela through U.S.-based subsidiary before Washington in late January imposed sanctions aimed at curbing the OPEC member’s oil exports and ousting President Nicolas Maduro. At least three vessels chartered by the Indian conglomerate supplied refined products to Venezuela in recent weeks, and another vessel carrying gasoil is expected to set sail to the South American nation as well.

    In the end of last year it was reported that Iranian tankers were turning off their transponders to hide the destination of their journeys. At the time, most tanker tracking data came precisely from transponders and port authorities, which made most Iranian tanker movement reports unreliable. This, in turn, contributed to the October-December oil price drop when it emerged that Iran was shipping more crude abroad than previously believed. As a new step in economic sanctions against Iran, the United States is now targeting vessels transporting Iranian crude oil in violation of sanctions. The U.S. also warned that everyone involved in the transport and ship-to-ship transfer of Iranian oil in defiance of sanctions will be held accountable by Washington.

    The market found some support in bullish U.S. employment figures. The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to still strong labor market conditions, though the pace of job growth has slowed after last year’s robust gains.

    U.S. crude oil production, particularly in the Gulf Coast region, is still increasing. However, since most of the oil produced in the U.S. is light sweet crude, the U.S. still has to rely on heavier crude blends from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and others since most American refineries are configured to process heavy crude. At the same time, a surplus of light sweet crude allows the U.S. to export more oil as well. U.S. crude production returned to its record of 12.1 million bpd last week, making America the world’s biggest producer.

    The restart of Libya’s largest oil field, the Sharara, has helped boost the country’s output. Production was around 900,000 barrels a day three weeks ago but now production is in the range of 1.2 million barrels a day.

    We expect bunker prices may demonstrate slight downward trend today in the range of minus 4-7 USD/MT.




2019 April 18

18:36 South Stream Transport B.V. and Saipem announce the amicable settlement of mutual differences
18:06 Seaway 7 selected as partner to develop Hollandse Kust Zuid Offshore Wind Farm
17:36 WinGD reports strong first quarter 2019
17:11 Launching ceremony held for eighth shallow-draft barge of Project ROB20
17:05 SOFEC completes engineering, supply and delivery of mooring system
16:26 Port of Murmansk to welcome eight cruise liners in summer season of 2019
16:05 Cooperation agreement between Eimskip and Royal Arctic line approved by the Icelandic Competition Authority
15:44 Navios Acquisition announces $103.2 million sale and leaseback transaction for three MR2 product tankers and two LR1 product tankers
15:12 Nefteflot laid down two barges of Project RDB12 ordered by STLC
15:10 MOL to acquire strategic stake in six group companies, each owning a Very Large Ethane Carrier
14:40 Port of Rotterdam freight throughput grows by 5.1% in first quarter of 2019
13:44 Bunker prices are slightly up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:03 Biggest European shipbuilders collaborate on vessel connectivity in project Code Kilo
12:49 NOVATEK reports preliminary operating data for the first quarter 2019
12:13 Frontex, EMSA and EFCA open second annual European Coast Guard Event
11:51 RF Navy’s Northern Fleet takes part in combat training missions as part of final check for winter training season
11:27 ASCO took part in TransRussia-2019
11:00 ZIM joins to blockchain shipping solution TradeLens
10:44 Shareholders agreement on construction of Lavna terminal signed under Murmansk Transport Hub project
10:28 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.1% to $71.69, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.09% to $63.82
10:09 ABS teams with industry leaders to improve container vessel safety
09:53 Keppel secures integration and upgrading contracts worth around S$160 million
09:37 Tri-City ports take part in Seatrade Cruise Global
09:36 Bunker Market this morning, April 18
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 767 points

2019 April 17

19:00 SMS Towage’s Humber fleet adds new tug
18:36 CMA CGM has announced FAK rates from Asia to North Africa
18:06 DESMI's CompactClean Ballast Water Management System receives US Coast Guard Type Approval
17:36 Denmark's first new-build hybrid ferry on key passenger route
17:06 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
16:38 Matson receives new cranes at its Honolulu hub terminal
16:17 Stena Europe undergoes refit upgrades in Turkey
16:11 Kuehne + Nagel launches first online seafreight service solution with guaranteed lead time in container shipping
15:40 HELCOM addressed nutrients, stormwater and microlitter issues at PRESSURE 10-2019
15:04 Murmansk Commercial Seaport commissions dust and wind shields
14:39 Port of Riga and Port of Qingdao sign Cooperation Agreement
14:02 Damen launches two road ferries for Canadian operator BC Ferries
13:22 DNV GL awards CMHI AIPs for two new offshore designs
12:53 Pacific Fleet warships and Royal Thai Navy hold joint trainings in the Sea of Japan
12:31 Port of Cardiff prepares for start of 2019 cruise season
12:22 Tristar Group signs second major deal with Shell for 6 chemical tankers
12:06 Far East ports’ capacity exceeds that of Russian Railways by 30-40%
11:38 Gazprom Neft completed development of logistic scheme for shipments of Arctic oil under Novy Port project (video)
11:09 GTT posts revenues of €58.9 million in Q1 2019
10:45 Yury Gilts appointed as Managing Director of Volga Shipping Company
10:23 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.36% to $71.98, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.67% to $64.48
10:09 Arkona offshore wind farm switched on in the Baltic Sea
09:37 Bunker prices are slightly down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:34 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Apr.17
09:19 Baltic Dry Index is up to 749 points
09:04 Keppel receives final approval for the conversion of Gimi FLNG project

2019 April 16

18:36 Bahri further strengthens market footprint in Asia-Pacific region
18:06 Talos Energy provides additional update on Zama appraisal program
17:50 SCF's “Green Finance” wins Marine Money award
17:36 Songa Bulk ASA to merge with Axxis Geo Solutions AS
17:21 Amphibious ships of RF Navy’s Northern Fleet take part in drills in the Barents Sea
17:06 Fincantieri delivers FREMM “Antonio Marceglia” to the Italian Navy
16:56 Scorpio Bulkers announces sale and leaseback agreements for six dry bulk vessels
16:43 Digital Container Shipping Association launched with Maersk exec installed as CEO
16:22 Nauticor commences supply of LNG by ship to the Gothia Tanker Alliance