• 2020 October 19 09:39

    MABUX: Bunker market this morning, October 19

    The Bunker Review was contributed by Marine Bunker Exchange (MABUX)

    MABUX World Bunker Index (consists of a range of prices for 380 HSFO, VLSFO and MGO (Gasoil) in the main world hubs) demonstrated slight irregular changes on Oct.16:

    380 HSFO - USD/MT - 298.38 (+1.15)

    VLSFO - USD/MT – 354.00 (+1.00)

    MGO - USD/MT – 417.13 (-0.76)

    Meantime, world oil indexes also demonstrated irregular changes on Oct.16 amid fears that the Covid-19 pandemic will cause the global market to slip into surplus again next year.

    Brent for December settlement decreased by $0.23 to $42.93 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. West Texas Intermediate for November declined by $0.08 to $40.88 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Brent benchmark traded at the premium of $2.05 to WTI. Gasoil for November delivery added $3.25.

    Today oil indexes decline after China released data showing a smaller-than-expected rise in GDP during the third quarter.

    China reported a 4.9% growth in GDP year-on-year for the third quarter earlier in the day, smaller than the 5.2% growth in forecasts. However, other indicators showed a strong recovery overall for the world’s second largest economy. Industrial production grew 6.9% year-on-year and retail sales grew 3.3% year-on-year. The unemployment rate was 5.4%, down from the previous quarter’s rate of 5.6%. There were hopes that positive data from China, a top oil importer, would be indicative of recovery and outweigh ongoing concerns over fuel demand as the number of global COVID-19 cases continues to increase, as well as increasing supply. Chinese oil purchases are expected to slow down during the current quarter as the country continues to fight a COVID-19 outbreak in the city of Qingdao, and as independent refiners face high inventories as well as limited import quotas.

    The OPEC+ Joint Technical Committee during the meeting on Oct.15 reportedly warned that a prolonged second wave of the COVID-19 in Europe and a jump in Libyan output could lead to oversupply in 2021, in the worst-case scenario. In September, the panel had not seen a surplus under any scenarios it considered. The gloomy outlook could see changes to OPEC+’s plans to ease output cuts, which would see 2 million barrels per day added to the market in 2021.

    The coalition of crude producers gathers on Oct.19 to assess the state of the market. No supply decisions are expected until Dec. 1 but leading members Saudi Arabia and Russia are already stepping up diplomacy. President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman have spoken twice by phone in a week.

    Another factor complicating the supply picture is the return of Libyan production after months of disruption from civil war. Libya, which is an OPEC member but which isn't covered by the output restraint deal, is now producing some 500,000 barrels a day and some forecasts say it could rise to 700,000 b/d or more by year end.

    Meanwhile, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi set a Tuesday deadline for Congress to pass the latest stimulus measures ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential elections, around two weeks away. President Donald Trump also renewed his offer to increase the measures’ price tag.

    According to the Energy Information Administration, U.S. crude stockpiles tumbled 3.8 million barrels last week after rising by just over 500,000 barrels the previous week. The EIA also reported that distillates inventories plunged by 7.2 million barrels for the week ended Oct. 9 versus a slide of just 962,000 in the week to Oct. 2.

    This week’s global spike in Covid-19 caseloads has also raised alarm across markets. Infections in Italy again moved near the danger zone last seen in March, while the U.K. and France imposed new movement restrictions. In the United States, new cases are up in 39 of the 50 U.S. states.

    Baker Hughes reported on Oct.16 that the number of oil rigs in the United States rose the last week by 12 to 205—a gain that may push prices down further. The total number of active oil and gas rigs increased for the week by 13, with oil rigs rising by 12 and gas rigs rising by 1. Total oil and gas rigs in the United States are now down by 569 compared to this time last year.

    We expect bunker prices may demonstrate little changes today: 1-3 USD down for IFO and 1-3 USD up for MGO.


2020 December 1

10:55 Damen supports 4th International Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” as its General Sponsor
10:38 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec. 1
10:22 Admiral Gennady Nevelskoy ferry completes its commissioning trials
10:04 Wan Hai Lines to launch China – East India V (CI5) Service
09:46 Minerva Bunkering introduces the Advanced Delivery Platform
09:40 Oil prices continue decreasing
09:23 Baltic Dry Index as of November 30
09:15 Five-year cooperation agreement signed between the ports of Marseille and Montreal
08:34 Traffic dues for Kiel Canal will be suspended until the end of 2021

2020 November 30

18:36 Mina Rashid retains its title as the world’s leading cruise port at the World Travel Awards 2020
18:07 Seagoing vessels will pay a single tariff at North Sea Port from 1 January 2021
17:55 DP World’s Jebel Ali Port joins International Association of Ports and Harbours
17:36 Brittany Ferries’ new ship sets sail online
17:13 IAPH climate and energy working groups meet
16:48 Gasum continues to expand bunkering services
16:40 RWE and DEME Offshore install collars on offshore foundations
16:25 Fair treatment of seafarers and the COVID-19 pandemic on IMO Legal Committee's agenda
16:01 Report on maritime automation legislation commissioned by Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications pays attention to ensuring safety
15:37 Rosmorport conducted pilotage and docking of LNG tankers to temporary LNG Offshore Transshipment Complex in Barents Sea
15:14 "Wind Hunter Project" starts zero-emission project with wind propulsion and hydrogen
14:52 Port of Gdansk expects its tonnage to exceed 48 million tonnes in 2020
14:39 ABS and DSME sign JDP to explore using solid oxide fuel cells on-board VLCCs
14:30 Gazprom posts RUB 202.21 billion loss in 9M’2020
14:04 Uralhimmash shipped new equipment for NOVATEK’s facility in Ust-Luga
13:41 Average spot market price for Russian M100 product climbed to RUB 14,029 pmt
13:20 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Polymnia with CLdN Cobelfret
12:56 Collaboration and digitalisation highlighted for Singapore’s maritime safety efforts at MPA’s International Safety@Sea Event
12:33 RF Government expands Vladivostok seaport territory
12:10 Abu Dhabi Ports supports the fight against COVID-19 with capacity to store and distribute 70M vaccines
11:49 LNG bunker fleet could increase fivefold by 2030
11:48 NIBULON launches a 90-m non-self-propelled vessel
11:27 RS optimizes Rules for Classification and Construction of Sea-Going Ships
11:03 Van Oord’s vessel completes turbine installation at Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm
10:45 NIB and Tallink Silja Oy agree COVID Response loan to support operations
10:22 Volga Shipping Company transported 3.2 million tonnes of grain in navigation season of 2020
10:16 Castor Marine takes over SeaVsat assets
09:59 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov.30
09:38 Throughput of Chinese sea and river ports in 10M’2020 climbed by 3.7% YoY
09:20 Oil prices decrease in the beginning of the week
09:06 Baltic Dry Index as of July 7

2020 November 29

16:07 Port of Antwerp: New intermodal connections, October 2020
15:23 Lerwik Port Authority's Annual Review: Diverse customer base served Lerwik Harbour well in 2019
14:56 USCG, good Samaritan rescue 3 from sinking vessel near Cape Fear
13:28 BAE Systems secures Navy's contract for drydocking, maintenance and modernization of USS Wasp (LHD1)
12:41 Boluda’s new tug duo arrived in Rotterdam
11:48 Scorpio Bulkers announces the sale of Ultramax vessels
10:55 Pacific Basin expands its fleet with the acquisition of four modern Ultramax vessels

2020 November 28

15:51 Turkish shipbuilder orders boiler package from Parat for NB1105
14:23 Volkswagen Group selects marine biofuel leader GoodFuels to run fossil-free car transport operations
13:18 Fincantieri inks agreement with the Yucatán Gov’t for a new shipyard
12:27 Piriou has developed 100M cable vessel
11:39 Federal Maritime Commission increases global alliances' information monitoring report requirements
10:57 Managing passenger shipping for the benefit of all stakeholders

2020 November 27

18:27 First full-flow ballast water management system to receive Chinese Flag and CCS Type Approval
18:05 CLdN adds 2nd call on Zeebrugge - Cork route
17:47 Seagoing vessels mooring at North Sea Port will now pay a single tariff for the entire cross-border port area
17:26 FESCO delivered extra heavy power equipment from Russia to Bangladesh
17:05 LR, Anemoi and SDARI join forces on rotor sail designs
16:39 Interested parties invited to submit offers on development of deepwater terminal in Świnoujście
16:14 Sea-Cargo starts new freight service via Gothenburg