• 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 May 25

15:25 Svitzer begins sea trials of new line handling technology
13:41 HII’ first cut of steel kicks off advance construction for Columbia-Class submarine program
12:38 Two new LNG-Hybrid vessels to join Seaspan Ferries fleet
11:33 GSL to acquire three containerships

2019 May 24

18:07 Port of Antwerp 1st port of call for reefer service from Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama
17:49 Hannu Ylärinne appointed COO and Executive Vice President of Arctia Group having retained his position as CEO of Meritaito
17:28 Coast Guard issues waterway restrictions on Mississippi, Illinois Rivers
17:11 NOVATEK obtains new licenses on Krasnoyarsk Territory
17:02 CMA CGM launches the Reefer Pharma division for the temperature-controlled transportation of pharmaceutical products
16:50 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 4M’19 fell by 7% Y-o-Y to 5.11 million tonnes
16:28 Teekay Tankers reports 1Q 2019 results
16:17 Acta Marine names its third W2Work offshore vessel Acta Centaurus
15:53 Ambal ferry returns to Baltijsk-Ust-Luga line after scheduled maintenance
15:27 Surveillance camera installed by Freeport of Riga Authority on Krievu Island for coal dust monitoring
14:59 Port of Tallinn got acknowledged as socially responsible company
14:01 Port Houston volume up nine percent year-over-year
13:50 Feodor Shishlakov appointed head of Volgo-Baltic Administration
13:22 PSA, PFR and IFM investors jointly acquire DCT Gdańsk
12:18 ASI Marine develops an alternative safe method for surveying in hazardous high flow areas.
12:00 Lotos shipyard launches Peotr Veliky, cruise ship of Project PV300VD
11:37 New tugboat built by Damen to expand port fleet of Nakhodka TSP
11:16 SeaBird announces update on vessel acquistion and contemplated private placement of new shares
11:06 Jotun creates new standard for predictable, long-term antifouling protection with SeaForce and HydractiveTM technology
11:01 Global Ship Lease announces agreement to acquire three containerships
10:45 Russian ship owners got 29 new seagoing commercial ships with total deadweight of 552,400 tonnes in 2018 - CNIIMF
10:24 Brent Crude futures price is up 1.22% to $68.59, Light Sweet Crude – up 1.23% to $58.62
10:11 NORDEN boosts Middle East activities with new 3-year contract
10:09 Royal IHC names 2,300m³ TSHD LESSE
09:58 Rotterdam sends hyper-smart container on trip around the world
09:47 Bunker prices go down at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:26 ZIM announces changes to MGX Service
09:16 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 23
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,068 points
08:50 Bunker prices review at global sea ports, Week 21st, 2019

2019 May 23

18:43 DOF Subsea secures contract in Brazil
18:21 ZIM Q1 2019 revenues rose 6.0% to $796.2M
18:06 MOL to Join Consortium on TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures)
17:44 CNIIMF forecasts NSR cargo traffic to reach 100 million tonnes by 2035
17:11 USCG closes case of downed aircraft in Prince William Sound
17:06 Port of Rotterdam sees significant progress in development HES Hartel Tank Terminal
16:55 GOGL announced net loss of $ 7.5M vs net income of $ 23.6M in 1Q 2019
16:30 New digital solution from Rolls-Royce and ZF improves availability and CO2 emissions of ships
16:05 CMA CGM orders 50,000 Traxens trackers
15:23 OCTOMAR Serviços Marítimos takes delivery of Damen Fast Crew Supplier 2206
14:47 RF Navy’s destroyer participated in combat training in the Sea of Japan
13:36 High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini visits ITS Carlo Margottini
13:05 Singapore to host Port Maintenance and Facilities Management Summit on 24-27 September 2019
12:29 Optimarin gears up for retrofit wave with expansion and new hires
12:19 FESCO and Russian Railways launch transit service for delivery of goods from Japan to Europe through Russia
11:43 Bunker prices go up at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:21 Severnaya Verf starts cutting metal for third processing trawler of Project 170701 ordered by NOREBO Group
11:08 Diana Shipping announces time charter contract for m/v Baltimore with Koch
10:26 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.69% to $70.5, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.6% to $61.05
10:08 Port of Antwerp aims for more efficient road transport with night-time opening hours on Right bank of Scheldt
09:57 Kuibyshev reservoir level allows for fleet operation - RF Transport Ministry
09:39 NOVATEK signed MoU with Ninh Thuan Province in Vietnam
09:20 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,059 points
09:10 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 23
09:08 Royal IHC signs contract with Cameroon’s Port Authority of Douala
08:25 Sempra LNG and Aramco Services Company sign heads of agreement for Port Arthur LNG