• 2019 May 17 08:25

    MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 17

    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 movement on May 16:

    380 HSFO – USD/MT 411.14 (+0.14)
    180 HSFO – USD/MT 457.93 (+0.29)
    MGO – USD/MT 663.21 (+7.28)


    Meantime, world oil indexes continued upward trend on May 16 amid tensions in the Middle East linked to stealth attacks on Saudi oil tankers and pipelines.

    Brent for July settlement increased by $0.85 to $72.62 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. West Texas Intermediate for June delivery rose by $0.85 to $62.87 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Brent benchmark traded at the premium of 9.75 to WTI. Gasoil for June gained $14.75.

    Today morning oil indexes does not have any firm trend so far.

    International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its monthly report that it predicts the world will require very little extra oil from OPEC this year as booming U.S. output will offset falling exports from Iran and Venezuela. The IEA estimated growth in global oil demand to average 1.3 million barrels per day in 2019. In contrast, U.S. production of oil and condensates alone was forecast to rise by an average of 1.7 million bpd this year.

    The IEA also predicted, that the contamination issue with Russian oil pipeline supply will impact European refinery runs to the tune of 250,000 bpd in the second quarter, which is below 2 percent of Europe’s refined oil product demand. Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic were said earlier this month to be releasing a total of 8 million barrels from their respective strategic petroleum reserves to keep refineries operating after the contaminated crude oil forced the shutdown of the pipeline. Normal deliveries via the pipeline are expected to resume in the second half of May. One consequence could be a loss of confidence in the quality of the crude flows and thus a search for alternative supplies.

    A panel of OPEC and Russian ministers is going to meet this weekend in Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah to assess oil market conditions ahead of the full OPEC+ meeting in Vienna next month. While Saudi Arabia has not yet rushed to pump more to offset the expected loss of Iranian barrels, Iran warned earlier this month that it would respond to threats from fellow OPEC producers. It is expected that the next OPEC meeting could be very volatile as OPEC members don't see how Iran and Venezuela will vote in favor of a supply increase by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in order to replace their restricted exports due to US sanctions.

    U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) rose by 5.4 million barrels last week, versus expectations for a decline of 800,000 barrels. In the previous week, crude inventories fell by almost 4 million barrels.

    Boston Consulting Group said that the marine industry's January 2020 shift to using very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) to power ships worldwide will launch a one- to five-year disruption in oil and refined products markets. The changeover may increase profits for refiners, especially on the U.S. Gulf Coast, where plants are designed to process high-sulfur crudes. It could also benefit producers of shale oil, which has a lower sulfur content than other varieties. Study also said that the shortest period for the transition would be one year if the IMO were to postpone the start to 2022, allowing refiners and shippers more time to prepare for the change, which was first announced in 2016. The longest period – five years – would be expected if the world economy falls into recession and shippers widely do not comply with the regulation, narrowing the expected price spread between HSFO and VLSFO.

    Venezuela has stopped upgrading crude oil as PDVSA finds itself without buyers in the wake of US sanctions. Venezuela hasn’t shut down its upgraders completely, instead, leaving some of them running without producing new oil in order to prevent damage to the facilities. Venezuela’s oil production fell to just 768,000 barrels per day in April 2019. As Venezuela’s oil exports plummet to new lows, it is finding itself short on storage space, sending yet another bullish signal to the market.

    We expect bunker prices may continue firm upward evolution today in a range of plus 3-5 USD for IFO and plus 8-11 USD for MGO.




2019 June 17

18:24 USCG saves six people, tows disabled vessel in Port Etches
17:59 Denis Krylov appointed General Director of Gazpromneft-Sakhalin
17:28 China and South Korea agree on ballast water exchange rules
17:04 Mermaid Maritime borrows a loan of USD 65 mln to extend the financing of two vessels
16:41 Neptune Lines welcomes Neptune Galene & Neptune Thalassa after scrubber installation
16:23 DG Termināls invests about 1 million euros during the year
16:17 Finnish ferry getting a diesel-electrical drivetrain system
16:04 MSC Katya R. sets record as largest container ship to boost Costa Rican export links to Europe
15:45 Singapore to host 18th Vessel Efficiency & Fuel Management Summit
15:26 Onezhsky Shipyard launches multifunctional buoy tender for Volga-Baltic Basin
15:04 Hunter Group sells one vessel
14:42 Gdansk, Poland to host 6th Operating Specialist Wind Vessels Summit
14:19 Seatrade Europe conference programme to include Marine Interiors specialist panel discussions
14:12 ClassNK releases amendments to class rules
13:55 Finland hosts an EU–China maritime meeting
13:31 AWT completed stage III of modernization and expansion of the Paskov Terminal
13:24 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 16,007 in RF spot market
13:10 The Irish Port of Cork and Port of Amsterdam to collaborate
12:48 Pella Shipyard launches tugboat of project 90600, Sadko, built for Sevmash-Shelf (video)
12:31 Port of Oakland exports up 8.4 percent in May 2019
12:01 North Carolina Ports adopts Vortex port equipment simulator
11:30 MEYER WERFT announces the keel laying for the new cruise ship IONA
11:15 Throughput of port Shanghai (China) in Jan-May’19 declined by 1.3% to 225.91 million tonnes
11:00 Panama Canal issues proposal to modify tolls structure
10:59 Bunker sales at the port of Singapore in Jan-May’2019 fell by 7.7% Y-o-Y to 19.79 million tonnes
10:37 Fincantieri's Muggiano shipyard launches PPA “Paolo Thaon di Revel”
10:21 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to the Mediterranean
10:01 Brent Crude futures price is up 0.26% to $62.17, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.19% to $52.87
09:38 Port of Singapore throughput in Jan-May’2019 was nearly flat YoY at 261.39 million tonnes
09:19 Diana Shipping commences self tender offer to purchase up to 2,000,000 shares
09:16 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, June 17
09:10 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,085 points

2019 June 16

17:13 DC area agencies to conduct mass rescue exercise off National Harbor
16:05 Boskalis appointed as salvor for both damaged tankers in the Gulf of Oman
15:53 Fincantieri and Naval Group sign a joint venture agreement
13:47 Diana Shipping Inc. announces the sale of a Panamax dry bulk vessel, the MV Thetis
12:47 WSC unveils its hybrid patrol vessel at Seawork 2019
11:41 GasLog Partners LP announces new multi-year charter agreement with Gunvor

2019 June 15

15:44 Wight Shipyard rolls out its new windfarm support vessel concept at Seawork Int'l 2019
13:17 Malta Freeport hosts its first LNG-powered container ship
12:53 Petrobras closes the sale of TAG
11:41 USCG, local partners respond to sailing vessel aground off Magic Island
08:43 Vessel training simulation underway at Tema Port’s new Terminal 3

2019 June 14

18:05 Ole Martin Grimsrud appointed CFO of Aker Solutions
17:44 USCG Cordova FOL crew saves man stranded for three days on Montague Island
17:05 Knud E. Hansen wins two separate contracts for innovative large RoRo vessels
16:41 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from North East Asia to Australia
16:26 Murmansk Sea Fishing Port handled 90,300 tonnes of cargo in Jan-May’2019, down 38.7% Y-o-Y
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRR from Asia to South Africa
15:14 “K” Line receives recognition for vessel speed reduction programs in the West Coast of North America
15:00 UK maritime industry leaders debate decarbonization, digital technologies and the future of safety at the annual ABS UK National Committee meeting
14:00 China Railway Container Transport signs strategic cooperation agreement with SITC International Holdings
13:38 Container throughput of Vladivostok Sea Fishing Port in 5M’2019 up 39% YoY to 89,649 TEUs
13:09 Algoma increases its interest in in the CSL International Pool
12:41 Port of Klaipeda (Lithuania) handled 19.77 million tonnes of cargo in 5M’2019, up 8.5% Y-o-Y
12:09 Global Ship Lease announces new charter agreements
11:32 Bunker prices continue going down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
11:09 ECSA issues statement on suspected attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman
10:51 France signs up to fishing vessel training treaty
10:30 Zhatai Shipyard to let build up to 10 river ships and scrap at least two ships per year