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Record Trading in Singapore's Bunkers Market

Photo: Singapore Ministry of Transport

Over $750 million worth of fuel oil traded 1st week of June. Trading frenzy leads to record price swing. Major commodity houses are betting against each other on the direction of fuel oil in Singapore, the world's largest market for shipping fuel, in a clash that has led to a record price swing and is set to smash monthly trading levels. More than $750 million of physical cargoes have been traded in the first week of June during an end-of-day pricing window, accounting for about 60 percent of Singapore's average monthly sales of the fuel and creating logistics challenges at the port. Strong buying has been led by Swiss-based Glencore and Mercuria, China's PetroChina, and oil major BP, daily trade data shows. Russian major Lukoil, Swiss-based traders Gunvor and Vitol, and French oil major Total are the main sellers. Buyers are so far on top, flipping the benchmark 380-cst fuel oil differential from a discount of $6.33 a tonne to Singapore spot quotes to a $7 a tonne premium in just 10 trading days, the biggest two-week gain on record. "This time round it's a serious play," said a Singapore-based veteran oil trader with at least 10 years of experience in the industry. Gunvor, Vitol, Mercuria, Lukoil and Glencore declined comment. The other companies did not immediately respond to Reuters queries.


YPF Tenders to Buy Fuel Oil for June

State-run oil company YPF launched its second fuel oil tender in April, this time to buy two 50,000 metric ton cargoes (some 375,000 barrels each) to be received in June and supplied to domestic thermoelectrical companies, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday. The fuel will be delivered to Cammesa, Argentina's electricity market administrator, while the 90,000 barrel per day (bpd) Campana refinery undergoes a maintenance to its key operational plants


ALGAE-X Markets Fuel Treatment Systems

Algae-X International has acquired the exclusive North and South American representation for the patented product line of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) Treatment equipment and Water In Diesel Emulsion (WIDE) technology. This CD92 product line is manufactured by SIT/Nordika GmbH in Germany. The SIT Homogenization and Emulsification equipment is based on technology for the treatment of heavy fuel oil, waste oil, & diesel fuel. It is designed to eliminates sludge and waste oil disposal


BOSTCO Opening to Ease Houston Ship Channel Congestion

When Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal (BOSTCO) on the Houston Ship Channel starts operations in October, ship channel congestion is likely to be lessened. BOSTCO will start operations in October 2013 with 2.84 million barrels of residual fuel oil and feedstock storage, about 40% of its earlier-announced 7.1 million-barrel capacity, report Platts, citing sources close to the project and Gulf Coast fuel oil traders.


Diesel Engine Hybrid SOx Scrubber Japan's First

File picture CCL credt Keld Gydum

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) say they have jointly developed a "Hybrid SOx Scrubber System" that efficiently removes sulfur oxides (SOx) from exhaust gas emitted by marine diesel engines – the first in Japan to comply with the more stringent SOx emission regulations that will take effect in designated emission control areas (ECA) in 2015. The system is capable of scrubbing exhaust gas from the combustion of fuels emitted from


Bunker Throughput up in Rotterdam Port

The biggest containership of the world – bunkered in Rotterdam

Bunkering rose again for the first time since 2011 in Rotterdam, the biggest bunker port of Europe: 10.6 million tonnes compared to 10.4 in 2013. The whole of the increase is accounted for by marine gas oil and diesel; sales rose from 500,000 to almost 700,000 tonnes. Sales of fuel oil stabilised – after falling for years – at 9.8 million tonnes. In addition, 100,000 tonnes of lubricant were sold. Cleaner shipping


EMMF: Fuel Sulphur Cap Alternatives Must be Developed

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF), a world leading supplier of marine fuels, has warned that alternatives to a pure sulphur cap on fuels need to be investigated, made workable and used, if serious pitfalls are to be avoided. Steve Walker, Global Technical Manager of EMMF, told the recent International Bunker Conference in Rotterdam that, while any move to ensure cleaner air should be welcomed, the current EC proposal for amendment of the Sulphur in Liquid Fuels Directive has yet to look in


Sunken Fuel Tanker Had "Dirty" Oil

Oil leaking from a fuel tanker that sank in the Gulf off the coast of the United Arab Emirates while reportedly smuggling Iraqi oil was brought under control on Sunday, a UAE official said. The 3,500-ton Iraqi tanker Zainab, which sank on Saturday, was intercepted several days ago by the Multinational Interception Force that enforces sanctions against Iraq, an official at the Bahrain-based U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet said.


Meeting Quantity And Quality Challenge Remains Priority For Shipping Industry

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OW Bunker highlights potential for Mass Flow Meters at customer event in Copenhagen and shows how onboard blending and monitoring processes ensure product quality OW Bunker, one of the world’s leading suppliers and traders of marine fuel oil, highlighted today the impact that mass flow meters can have in solving the ‘quantity issue’ and demonstrated the steps that it is taking to ensure product quality in an event attended by key customers including DFDS, Maersk Oil


Mercuria Expanding Maritime Fuel Business

Photo: Mercuria Expanding Maritime Fuel Business

Company will hire 20 to 40 bunker fuel specialists   Independent energy and commodities group Mercuria’s global head of trading discussed the expansion of the group's maritime fuel business, Minerva.   "We believe we are forging a strong new model in the maritime fuel business. This is a transparent and reliable model that puts the client first to ensure the quality and delivery of their energy needs to their marine vessels," said Magid Shenouda


New Bunker Rules in Hong Kong

In accordance with "Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation" of the Government of Hong Kong, vessels berthing in Hong Kong waters on or after 1 July 2015 shall be required to use fuel oils whose sulphur content does not exceed 0


PPG Unveils NOVAGUARD 810

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Solvent-free product offers a single-coat solution for rapid cure and return to service, suitable for a wide range of oil products and chemical cargoes.  PPG Protective and Marine Coatings has unveiled NOVAGUARD 810, a specialized tank storage coating which provides outstanding resistance


First ME-LGI Engine Test Deemed a Success

ME-LGI demonstration at the Tamano works (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Mitsui tests first commercial model on HFO and methanol   MAN Diesel & Turbo licensee Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) recently demonstrated the liquid-gas-injection concept in Japan on 17 June, 2015 using the very first ME-LGI engine to ever be commercially produced


MES Delivers Bulk Carrier Newbuild

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MES delivers next ship of its Eco-Ship neo60BC design, 60,000 DWT type bulk carrierM.V. Phoenix Rising   Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (MES) completed and delivered a 60,000 dwt type bulk carrier M.V. Phoenix Rising (MES Hull No


BP, Sinopec in Singapore-based Bunkers JV

British oil major BP and China's Sinopec Fuel Oil are starting a Singapore-based joint venture in ship fuel storage and sales, BP said in a statement on Tuesday. The 50/50 joint venture, which builds on a similar agreement signed in 2011, will leverage both companies' existing bunkering


BP, Sinopec JV for Marine Fuel

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 British oil major BP and China’s Sinopec Fuel Oil have formed a marine fuels bunkering joint venture (JV), BP Sinopec Marine Fuels Pte Ltd.   Under the deal, the 50-50 percent joint venture, BP Sinopec Marine Fuels Pte Ltd


CAT’s New Dual Fuel Engine M 4G DF

The M 46 DF engine, ready for shipment.

At the beginning of 2015 the exhaust limit values for sulfur oxides (SOx) grew ever tighter in emission controlled areas. And with the start of 2016, nitrogen oxides (NOx) values in certain emission control areas (ECAs) will be even more restricted


Shell Offers Smooth Transition to ECAs

(Photo: Shell Marine Products)

Shipowners switching to low sulphur content fuels in line with their obligations in Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) have demanded confidence in the cylinder oils specified to lubricate their engines   The shipping world has been settling down to new restrictions on sulphur content in fuel


Matson Monitors Cylinder Liner Wear

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The cylinder liner is a crucial part of a ship’s engine, as monitoring wear not only extends operational life but also prevents unexpected and costly repairs, with the average cost for a replacement liner at over $150,000. Matson has installed Parker Kittiwake’s LinerSCAN onto several


LNG-fueled Bulker Design Approved by DNV GL

DNV GL Group President & CEO Dr Henrik O. Madsen (right) presents the CEO of Oshima Shipbuilding, Sho Minami, with the AiP certificate for the Japanese yard’s LNG-fuelled Kamsarmax bulk carrier design

DNV GL has presented Oshima Shipbuilding Company with an Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate for a LNG-fuelled Kamsarmax bulk carrier at the Nor-Shipping exhibition in Oslo today. The new design has been found to comply with DNV GL class rules and all current and upcoming regulations


ReCAAP: 80 Piracy Incidents This Year till May

Chart by ReCAAP

 From January 2015 till May 2015, a total of 80 incidents had been reported, comprising 75 actual incidents and five attempted incidents, says Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC).   This accounts for an increase of 19% in the number of incidents compared to the same period in 2014


ReCAAP: Asian Piracy Up in May

Asian Piracy Map: ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre

 Singapore-headquartered anti-piracy watchdog ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) posted a 19% increase in the number of reported incidents to 20 cases in May 2015 as compared with April 2015.    Among 20 incidents were reported in Asia


Shipping Company Sentenced for Dumping Oil

Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. KG, a German company, was sentenced in U.S. federal court June 3 to pay a total of $750,000 in fines and community service payments for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships by intentionally discharging 1


Marine Fuel Price Slump Set to Deepen

Marine fuel prices are set to fall further after plunging to their lowest since late 2013, with traders in Singapore, the world's largest ship refuelling hub, saying they are looking to sell quickly in the face of a global supply glut.  


On Board Fuel Blending

Photo: BMT

Dennis de Bruin, Marine Director at BMT Surveys, explains the current issues and new regulations concerning the on-board blending of fuels. Fuel oils are mainly a blend of oils and other components, for example; aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene, toluene and xylene






 
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