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Friday, April 27, 2018

Physical Oil Markets News

Singapore's Bunker Market Rallies

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The Singapore fuel oil market has rallied this week as inventories have dropped at the same time that some supplies in the region do not meet the standards for use as shipping fuel, further reducing the amount of supply available, five trade sources said.Cash premiums for 380-centistoke fuel oil, which is primarily sold for ship fuel, known as bunker fuel, have soared this week to the highest since May 2017. The premium of the prompt-month swap for the fuel over the second-month swap has jumped to the highest since October…

Baltic Exchange Sets Out New Code of Conduct

Photo: The Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange said it will introduce a new code of conduct for shipowners, charterers and shipbrokers using the physical shipping and freight derivatives markets.Following a detailed review of the current arrangements led by law firm Norton Rose Fulbright with oversight by the Baltic Exchange Council and the Baltic Membership Council, the New Baltic Code has been drafted to bring together a set of principles and business practices which will be applicable to not only Baltic Exchange members, but also the wider market.

Market Report Shows Oil Prices Bullish

Burgeoning momentum to own oil seems poised to push oil prices higher for now. On the week, U.S commercial stocks built led by crude, while Japanese crude stocks drew strongly, according to a market report by NYC-based PIRA Energy Group. It is hard not to be bullish oil prices with the global economy gradually improving, tight physical oil markets and MENA turmoil, which is already substantially reducing global oil supplies and has the potential to reduce supplies further. Current positioning and likely September deflationary type headlines, due in part to a challenging calendar, but also the startup of Iranian nuclear negotiations, pose downside risks to oil prices.

Wärtsilä Signs MoU to Promote Maritime Technologies in Singapore

Wärtsilä partners with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to promote maritime technologies. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä has partnered with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to promote maritime innovation and R&D. The partnership covers four different streams: digital acceleration, cyber-physical security, intelligent vessel and port operations. Wärtsilä and MPA have also agreed to support and leverage start-ups and small and medium enterprises in Singapore in these four streams.“This partnership with MPA is a great example of how combining digitalization ecosystems thinking, and collaboration will benefit the maritime industry and drive tangible value at pace.

Asian Floating Storage Declines as Crude Market Tightens

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Strong demand is tightening the market but rising US output could sap efforts to rebalance market. The amount of oil stored on tankers around Singapore has dropped sharply in the last months, the latest indication that OPEC-led supply cuts are successfully tightening crude markets even as U.S. exports have soared. Shipping data in Thomson Reuters Eikon shows around 15 super-tankers are currently filled with oil in waters off Singapore and western Malaysia, storing around 30 million barrels of crude.

U.S. Merchant Bank Buys Aging Newfoundland Refinery

A New York-based commodities merchant bank run by veteran energy traders, Neal Shear and Kaushik Amin, announced on Friday plans to buy the aging Come by Chance refinery in Newfoundland from South Korea's state-run oil company. Korea National Oil Corp said it will sell the 115,000-barrel-per-day refinery to SilverRange Financial Partners LLC for an undisclosed price following a months-long search to find a buyer. The deal also includes 53 gas stations and convenience stores. SilverRange is a New York-based merchant bank focused on energy and natural resources owned by SilverPeak Partners, a real estate fund with over $12 billion in assets under management, according to its website.

Baltic Exchange Developing Container Shipping Index

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London's Baltic Exchange is developing a container shipping index with Hong Kong-headquartered group Freightos in another sign that the centuries-old business is moving into new markets. Founded in 1744 as a forum for chartering vessels, the Baltic Exchange now produces benchmark indexes for global shipping rates, including ones used by the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market. The Baltic and its partner on the initiative Freightos, a digital container platform which also has a global database of freight rates…

British Ports Association Writes to PM on Brexit Concerns

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive. Photo: British Ports Association

The British Ports Association has written to the Prime Minister calling for funding guarantees for any new border facilities and digital infrastructure, which may be needed after the UK leaves the European Union. There are concerns from the industry that those ports with EU traffic will need to provide new facilities and digital infrastructure for government officials to carry out customs and other border checks. In the letter, Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British…

OW Bunker Contracted for BOSTCO Terminal

BOSTCO Terminal (photo courtesy of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners)

OW Bunker announced that it has signed an exclusive alliance with UNIPEC America to provide products at the new BOSTCO (Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal) fuel oil terminal in Houston. The move further expands the company’s physical presence in the region, complementing its existing operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Panama. UNIPEC America has negotiated the rights to supply bunkers ex-pipe at the new BOSTCO terminal. In conjunction with this, OW Bunker has developed a partnership agreement with UNIPEC America to provide calling vessels with quality products and services from January 2014.

OW Bunker Launches Australia Operations

OW Bunker, a physical distributor and reseller of marine fuels, announced the launch of a physical distribution operation in Australia. The move is part of OW Bunker’s strategy to further expand the company’s global physical distribution presence in key locations for customers, ensuring end-to-end quality in the services and products that it provides. OW Bunker has leased a fuel oil tank in Port Kembla, New South Wales. The company will provide vessels with a full range of products including RMG 380 cSt and RME 180 cSt fuel oil ex-pipe and DMA gas oil by road tanker.

Kounalakis Joins OW Bunker N. America

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OW Bunker, a reseller and physical supplier of marine fuels, announced the appointment of Georgia Kounalakis to its physical supply operation in North America. Kounalakis joins the region’s senior team to take on responsibility for business development and help to drive further sales growth across North America, in line with the company’s global expansion strategy. Kounalakis joins OW Bunker North America from Aegean Marine Petroleum Inc, where she most recently held the position of General Manager – Americas.

Oleum Enters West Africa as Physical Bunker Supplier

Oleum DWC-LLC is a new physical supplier focussing on supply of marine fuel and gas-oil offshore the West African coastline. All products; 380 cst, 180 cst and MGO are meeting full ISO:2010 specifications. “We will be operating a 'one-stop-shop' and we have full control of the entire supply chain. Oleum will control every aspect of the operation, from the sourcing and loading of our cargo to the actual delivery to the end user. Cargo is directly sourced from oil majors and transported in Major vetted tonnage to ensure that the quality will never be compromised…

Bomin Launches Bunker Operations in Copenhagen

The Bomin Group, a global physical supplier and trader of marine fuel oil, has announced that it is launching a physical operation in Copenhagen, Denmark. The expansion is in line with the company’s ambitious plans for growth throughout 2015. The Copenhagen operations complement Bomin’s existing physical network in the Baltic Sea region, including Tallinn, Stockholm and Rostock. “Securing supply in key markets for our customers is an important part of the growth strategy for the Baltic region”, said Anatoli Belov, Managing Director Bomin Baltic. “Our physical offering enables us to take more control of the bunkering process, ensuring that customers are provided with quality products and at the right quantity…

Neste Oil Uses Veson Nautical IMOS Trading

Veson Nautical, the US-based developer of proven software solutions for the commercial maritime community, announced that Neste Oil Corporation has purchased Veson Nautical’s Integrated Maritime Operations System (IMOS) Trading Module for Neste’s Shipping Division. Veson Nautical IMOS Trading provides a solution for monitoring and managing physical and Forward Freight Agreement (FFA) positions and risk. Currently, Neste’s Shipping Division utilizes Veson Nautical’s IMOS Chartering, Operations and Financials modules to manage all commercial shipping activities for its 30-vessel fleet. Ports of call include the Baltic, the North Sea and the North Atlantic Region; the company transports about 40 million tons of crude oil, oil products and chemicals annually.

Bomin Affirms Commitment to Baltic Bunkering Market

The Bomin Group, a global physical supplier and trader of marine fuel oil, today reaffirmed its commitment to providing physical bunkering products and services in the Baltic, including Rostock, Germany’s largest Baltic port. In line with the company’s new regional hub structure, Bomin’s Hamburg office will take responsibility for physical operations and infrastructure in the region. Bomin Deutschland is operating two state-of-the-art bunker barges in the Baltic area – MT Bergen Troll and MT Lioba – providing customers with a full range of quality products including MGO DMA 0.1 percent, RMG 380 3.5 percent, RMD 80 0.1 percent, and RME 180 3.5 percent.

Bunker Holding Adds Subsidiary Unioil Supply

The Bunker Holding Group has established a new subsidiary operating under the name Unioil Supply A/S. The physical setup, based in Aalborg, consists of professionals from the former OW Supply & Trading. The Danish-based Bunker Holding is the parent company of a group of companies specializing in the purchase, sale and supply of fuel and lube oil to ships as well as risk management and associated services. The group operates globally within the shipping business and is represented by 36 own companies worldwide, currently in 25 countries. As part of its strategy Bunker Holding has decided to enter the physical part of the bunker market.

Vitol's 2015 Revenue Sinks 38% to $168 Bln

Photo: Vitol

Vitol's 2015 revenue fell 38 percent to $168 billion in "challenging" market conditions, the commodity trader said on Tuesday.   The world's largest independent energy trader's sharp fall in revenue came despite traded volumes of crude oil and products rising 13 percent to 303 million tonnes.   "Whilst the market structure favours a physical trader, the absolute price levels and market volatility are causes for caution," Ian Taylor, president and CEO of Vitol said.   (Reporting by Sarah McFarlane, editing by Louise Heavens)

Chemoil Sparks New Age for Independents in 2008

Dynamics within the global marine fuel industry are shifting rapidly according to Chemoil Energy Ltd. With a growing physical presence in the world's four key oil ports, following the launch of its Helios Terminal, Chemoil is confident that its ability to effectively manage its customers complete delivery supply chain on a global basis can lead a new age for independent marine fuel suppliers and present a serious challenge to the industry status quo. In January 2008, the company will begin operations at its 448,000 cubic meter Helios terminal in Singapore, and is also planning to start delivering fuel from the GPS-Chemoil terminal in the UAE port of Fujairah shortly afterwards.

KPI Bridge Oil Opens Athens Office

Jesper D. Rasmussen (Photo: KPI Bridge Oil)

KPI Bridge Oil, a global trader and broker in marine fuels, marine lubricants and risk management products, has opened a new office in Athens, Greece. The new venture comes as part of the group’s broader growth strategy and desire to further develop its key markets. KPI Bridge Oil has been covering Mediterranean ports through its Istanbul and London offices for over four decades but the need for a physical presence in the important Greek market has become stronger in recent years.

MXB Begins Physical Operations in Mumbai

Photo: MXB

Matrix Bharat Pte. Ltd. (MXB), a supplier of marine fuels in India, has begun physical operations in Mumbai. In conjunction with this, MXB has commenced operations on Jawahar Dweep, an island off the southeastern coast of Mumbai. MXB is a joint venture between Matrix Marine Fuels and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL), one of India’s largest PSU (state owned) oil refining and marketing companies. The company will provide physical products at Mumbai’s Outer Port Limits (OPL), servicing vessels that are waiting to berth, as well as vessels making bunker-only-calls.

OW Bunker Begins US West Coast Operations

OW Bunker first delivery in LA_and Long Beach

OW Bunker has confirmed that its newly established physical distribution operation in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, is now fully operational. The company’s first physical delivery was made to the containership CMA CGM Norma from the double-hulled barge Lily Blair earlier this month. Since then, OW Bunker has completed more deliveries as part of its service that covers the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and offers a full range of quality products, including RMG380 (HSFO and LSFO), RMK500, RMK700 and MGO.

​Semco Maritime Generated Positive Operating Results in 2017

Photo: Semco Maritime

Semco Maritime’s revenue shrunk to DKK 1,408 million in 2017 against DKK 1,598 million in 2016 as the offshore services provider observed continued price pressure and market hesitancy amid postponed projects and growing competition across its business areas.“Even though oil and gas prices increased during the year, the majority of 2017 was characterized by continued low activity and tough competition in the oil and gas industry. Towards the end of the year, demand from customers…

Euronav Freight Rates Sag in Challenging Market Conditions

File Image: A euroNav VLCC underway at sea (CREDIT: EuroNav)

Belgian tanker operator Euronav's average spot rates for its very large crude carriers (VLCCs) fell 53.8 percent to $18,725 per day in the first quarter, as challenging conditions continued in the freight market, the company said on Wednesday. Tanker companies have been suffering from a glut of excess capacity which has weighed on rates, while OPEC oil production cuts have added to the pressure. "The rebalancing of the tanker market requires further affirmative action in reducing primarily older tonnage…

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