• 2020 August 6 14:27

    MABUX Bunker Weekly Review

    The review was contributed by Marine Bunker Exchange

    Viewpoint:
    Some weeks ago, it looked like oil and fuel demand recovery would not have V-shape mode, but the recent resurgence in COVID-19 cases in many parts of the world and the real possibility of new lockdowns has slowed the fragile recovery again.  The World Bunker Index MABUX showed insignificant irregular changes in the last 7 days – the same trend as week before. The 380 HSFO index rose slightly: from 303 to 305 USD/ MT (+2 USD), VLSFO gained 1 USD: from 361 to 362 USD / MT, MGO was steady: 443 USD / MT (0 USD). The global price difference between 380 HSFOs and VLSFOs (the so-called Scrubber Spread (SS)) averaged USD 56.59 USD (57.06 USD a week before). Meantime, it was registered a sharp drop of average SS spread in both: Rotterdam and Singapore last week: minus 13.83 USD to 51.00 USD and minus 10.56 USD to 60.67 USD respectively. The possible reason could be the state of VLSFO oversupply in both hubs. Today both SS daily indexes have narrowed to the same level again: 50 USD.  

    Cuts by the OPEC+ combined with sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, hitting supplies of heavier crude and forcing processors in the U.S. and India to boost buying of high-sulfur fuel oil to use as an alternative feedstock in their refineries. The recent demand surge also coincided with a seasonal boost from the Middle East, which imports fuel oil for use in electricity generation during the hotter summer months. This trend can form an upward driver for 380 HSFO in a short term.

    Meantime, Yara Marine Technologies, one of the major players in the marine scrubber segment, has announced it is shifting its focus to other technologies as the business case for exhaust gas cleaning systems declines due to COVID-19 and low oil and fuel prices. Yara is one of the so-called "Big three" Group (Wartsila, Alfa Laval and Yara Marine) which held around 75% of the entire scrubber market in 2018.

    Market uncertainty persists. Nobody knows where demand will go in the immediate term, and there are doubts for the medium and long term as well. Bunker prices continue to consolidate around current levels.




2020 September 21

12:22 Towing of seagoing tugboat Andrey Stepanov along Northern Sea Route completed
12:01 Fincantieri launches the first patrol vessel for Qatar
11:00 BeHydro dual-fuel hydrogen engine awarded Approval in Principle by LR
10:39 Remote audits discussed to avoid further disruption to audit schedule
10:02 Philippine Ports Authority launches COVID-19 contact tracing system for all port users, community
09:41 Oil prices are slightly up
09:23 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sep 21
09:08 Baltic Dry Index as of September 18

2020 September 20

16:27 Innovative vacuum cleaner removes plastic from nature reserve in the port of Antwerp
15:33 Master and chief engineer plead guilty in MV Funing case
14:07 World’s largest LNG bunkering vessel arrives in Rotterdam
12:38 Austal Australia delivers 7th GCPB
11:14 ABS to class another four VLEC for Zhejiang Satellite Petrochemical
10:49 MBZ and Boluda Towage Europe ink the 5-year concession agreement for providing sustainable towage service in the Port of Zeebrugge

2020 September 19

15:04 Vroon to recycle three PSVs
14:11 Limited openings at Erasmus Bridge for tall vessels
13:46 The construction of Finnnline's second hybrid ro-ro vessel started
12:33 USCG offloads estimated $216 million of cocaine, marijuana at Port Everglades
11:17 New Maritime Minister visits Port of Southampton

2020 September 18

18:53 Russian ports switch to unified digital platform for daily scheduling of vessels layout and traffic
18:17 KR issues world’s first cyber security class notation to HHI for very large LPG carriers
17:59 Rosmorport takes part in TRANSTEC International Transport Corridors Forum
17:37 Land purchase in Saint Petersburg: new service center for SCHOTTEL in Russia
17:26 Start-ups invited to enter competition to win £75,000 grant to develop innovate port technology
17:11 New high-speed passenger ship put into operation in Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District
17:06 SEACOR Marine forms new Sustainability Council to lead enhanced ESG program
16:51 District awards $15.4 million contract to dredge Freeport Lower Stauffer Reach channel
16:48 DP World and Dubai Customs to assess opportunities to develop trade links between UAE and Israel
16:30 Gazprom Nedra and Marine Rescue Service test SeaDrone MG in Arctic conditions
16:09 SG-STAR Fund: First global tripartite initiative to support countries for crew change
16:02 IUMI raises concerns over increased accumulation risk for yachts and inland vessels
15:43 USCG releases new plan to protect global maritime security
15:08 CMA CGM informs of revised port charges in Ghana
14:51 Bunker prices are stable at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
14:24 Goods traffic between North Sea Port and hinterland by inland waterways continues to increase
14:07 Vostochny Port installs four more dust capturing units
13:10 Last jackets to leave Dubai and head for the Moray East offshore wind farm
12:53 Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard starts assembling major equipment on two trawlers for RFC
12:22 Reconstruction of Klaipeda Seaport breakwaters to increase competitiveness of economy in Lithuania
12:01 Kalmar to support DP World’s continuing expansion at Caucedo with new terminal tractors and empty container handlers
11:03 Naming ceremony held for Japan’s first LNG bunkering vessel
10:48 BIMCO introduces new PIs and KPIs to help improve performance
10:16 ECSA publishes study on implications of EU ETS for shipping
10:10 Keel laying of Tallink’s newest vessel MyStar takes place in Rauma shipyard, Finland
09:54 Port of Oakland import volume up for third straight month
09:51 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 16
09:47 Tallink Grupp’s vessel Baltic Queen arrives in Riga for the first time
09:23 Oil prices rise after a recent decrease
09:09 Baltic Dry Index as of September 17

2020 September 17

18:05 Digital Twin Ready certification awarded to Furuno
17:54 Damen launches Marine Aggregate Dredger for Hanson
17:52 Verifavia launches industry’s first “3-Way Plug & Play” dashboard
17:41 Nord Star officially listed as first resident of RF Arctic Zone
17:30 ITF and IMEC contribute US$500,000 to the Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Resilience
17:06 Azerbaijan State Marine Academy offers skills development and advanced training courses for ASCO employees
16:43 Ship banned in Australia for AUD $118,000 in unpaid crew wages
16:15 COVID-19 is negatively impacting the offshore energy insurance sector, but market is beginning to harden, says IUMI
16:00 Gasum secures contract with Celsa Armeringsstål AS including LNG deliveries and new terminal
15:42 Diana Shipping announces the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel
15:28 FESCO launches regular intermodal service for seafood delivery from Far East to China