• 2019 July 12 09:38

    MABUX: Bunker market this morning, July 12

    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) demonstrated slight upward trend on July 11:

    380 HSFO - USD/MT - 451.42 (+20.66)
    180 HSFO - USD/MT - 486.12 (+18.93)
    MGO - USD/MT - 666.24 (+12.61)


    Meantime, world oil indexes slightly decreased on Jul.11 as OPEC forecast slower demand for its crude next year.

    Brent for September settlement decreased by $0.49 to $66.52 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. West Texas Intermediate for August delivery lost $0.23 to $60.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Brent benchmark traded at the premium of $6.32 to WTI. Gasoil for July unchanged: $594.50.

    Today morning oil indexes do not have any firm trend so far and change irregular.

    OPEC’s oil production dropped by another 68,000 bpd to 29.83 million bpd in June, as output from Iran and Libya - exempt from the production cut pact - and other members offset large increases in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. The cartel’s output hit a new low in recent years and was at the lowest in five years in June, just ahead of OPEC and its allies rolling over the production cuts into March 2020. Last month, the largest drop in production was registered in Iran, whose crude oil production fell by 142,000 bpd to 2.225 million bpd, due to the U.S. sanctions on its industry. Iran’s production is now more than a million barrels per day down from its 2018 average of 3.553 million bpd. Based on OPEC’s oil market outlook for 2020 in this month’s report, the cartel expects demand for its crude next year to be lower than its current production and to average 29.3 million bpd, down by around 1.3 million bpd from 2019.

    Iranian military boats tried to seize a British tanker near the Strait of Hormuz after threats this would happen following the seizure by Gibraltar of an Iranian tanker carrying crude for Syria. Five Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps approached the British Heritage vessel as it was sailing into the Strait of Hormuz and ordered it to change course. The vessel, however, was escorted by a Royal Navy frigate, which threatened to shoot if the Iranians did not back away, which they did The report follows a threat from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the UK will face consequences for seizing its tanker.

    Iraq said any disruption in the oil exports flowing through the Strait of Hormuz will be a major obstacle for its economy. Iran has threatened to close the Strait on numerous occasions in response to US or EU actions. Iraq has been studying ways around the vital chokepoint for oil exports for some time, but its options for doing so are limited. The country has the fourth largest oil reserves in OPEC, behind Saudi Arabia and Iran and Venezuela - the latter two which remain under strict US sanctions with their oil exports. Iraq is also OPEC’s second largest producer and relies heavily on these oil exports. Any disruption to its oil revenues would be of crucial consequence.

    Oil demand continues to soften, which could result in a supply surplus in the second half of this year. The EIA downgraded its forecast for global oil demand growth to just 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd) this year, down from the 1.2 million bpd the agency forecasted last month and from 1.4 million bpd in May.

    Another near-term catalyst for the fuel market will be decisions made by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Evidence of a mounting economic slowdown are widely expected to result in interest rate cuts, although how far the central bank will roll back recent hikes remains to be seen. A rate cut could provide a jolt to crude and fuel prices, both because lower interest rates are likely to extend the economic expansion and because lower rates tend to drag down the dollar, which would make crude more affordable. However, a rate cut is already somewhat factored into oil prices, which would reduce the impact when (or if) the Fed announces the move.

    Oil production from the United States in the Gulf of Mexico have been slashed in half ahead of what is expected to be a whopper of a storm, named Barry. Oil companies in the United States have so far evacuated almost 200 offshore platforms ahead of the storm, including major oil producers Shell, BP, BHP, Exxon, and more, for a loss of roughly a million barrels of oil per day. Nearly 30% of the 669 production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have been evacuated.

    We expect bunker prices may demonstrate slight downward evolution today in a range of minus $1.0 to $3.0.




2019 September 20

18:41 Vostochny Port joins Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation as its permanent member
18:22 IAA PortNews offers photo release from 'Development of Icebreaking and Support Fleet' conference held on NEVA 2019 zero-day
18:05 Global Ship Lease announces new five-year $268 mln credit facility for debt refinancing
17:24 Vostochny Port’s harbour services fleet presented at dedicated conference in Saint-Petersburg
17:05 F. A. Vinnen places entire fleet with Verifavia Shipping & Rina for IHM services
16:50 Helsinki Shipyard (Finland) to build two liners for polar cruises
16:35 COSCO SHIPPING Ports announces disposal of interest in various port assets and possible disposal of Taicang Terminal and Jiangsu Petrochemical Terminal
16:21 ABB presents electric power and propulsion solutions for icebreaking vessels at NEVA 2019
16:05 Port of Los Angeles protects overall clean air gains
15:19 Port of Riga rapidly increases volume of handled wood pellets
14:53 South Korean port to slash passenger vessel emissions with ABB shore power
14:15 Krasnoye Sormovo launches Pola Pelagia, dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59З, for Pola Rise
13:30 Damen Shipyards Group is ready to ensure construction of electric water buses for rivers and canals of Saint-Petersburg and Russia
13:12 MSC Cruises and Fincantieri unveil further details of MSC Seashore at coin ceremony
12:24 Victor Olersky sees promising future of electric river passenger ships in Saint-Petersburg and in Russia
12:09 Algoma Central Corporation announces agreement to acquire Croatian-built vessel
11:28 Specifications for 0.50% sulphur fuels and the PAS from ISO: IBIA explains
11:09 GTT obtains Approval in Principle from Bureau Veritas for the Mark III Flex technology on ice-breaking LNG carriers
10:52 IBIA and S&P Global Platts collaborate to help shipping industry comply with IMO 2020
10:31 Workshop for training on emergency response, preparation and planning held in Manila
10:09 Van Oord and Shell test the use of biofuel on trailing suction hopper dredger HAM 316
09:50 State Duma ratifies Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea
09:33 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.20% to $63.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.98% to $58.7
09:25 Lloyd’s Register, China Merchants, GTT, CNOOC, DSIC form jv to design LNG-fuelled VLCC
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,192 points
08:58 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 20

2019 September 19

18:04 Bibby Marine Services takes the next step to optimize walk-to-work operations
17:56 Marinet approves Poseidon maritime cyber security project
17:37 American Ethane reveals plans to order 17 VLECs
17:34 Wärtsilä’s Board of Directors decided on the distribution of the second dividend instalment
17:22 Marinet approves T2OT project for high accuracy positioning of seagoing vessels
17:04 VARD secures advanced stern trawler contract with Luntos
16:50 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 14,328 in RF spot market
16:34 Zeebrugge port authority invests in new 1,071 meter quay wall
16:04 RINA to classify Swedish Maritime Administration fleet
15:53 Marinet set to establish exports support center in Finland in 2020
15:34 MacGregor secures orders worth more than EUR 20 million for projects in Europe and Asia
15:05 Wärtsilä foresees a lower result for 2019
14:31 North Pole ice-resistant platform presented by Admiralteiskie Verfi at NEVA 2019
14:09 ABS announces LNG Cargo Ready notation for ethane carriers at Gastech 2019
13:46 Hyundai Heavy Industries receives AIP for new LPG carrier design
13:03 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:40 ABS and AEC сollaborate on newbuild VLEC fleet
12:17 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 171,200 tonnes of cargo in 8M’2019, down 28.5% Y-o-Y
11:58 PortNews-TV offers video on naming ceremony for PortNews tanker
11:36 International symposium on Anthropogenic Underwater Noise held in Hamburg on 10 September
11:09 LR awards DSME AiP for 98,000 m3 VLEC design with High MnA steel tank
10:42 Ships of RF Navy’s Caspian flotilla take part in Tsentr 2019 maneuvers
10:09 Singapore and Panama ink MoU to strengthen maritime relations
09:51 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.20% to $63.73, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.33% to $58.23
09:49 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 19
09:33 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,266 points
09:18 ABS grants AIP for two next generation gas carrier designs

2019 September 18

18:26 SGRE confirmed member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices in 2019
18:03 MOL repays existing loans through issuance of project bond for FPSO charter project
17:48 Russia’s Rosmorrechflot and Ministry of Industry and Trade develop preferential leasing programme
17:30 Vympel DB develops concept design for Arctic cruise ship
17:22 Metal Shark delivers new foil-assisted catamaran excursion vessel to Pure Florida
17:11 US Coast Guard shifts response efforts in Bahamas
17:03 ECSA considers the European State Aid Guidelines for maritime transport highly successful and key to maintaining a strong European shipping sector