• 2019 May 23 09:10

    MABUX: Bunker market this morning, May 23

    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) decreased on May 22:

    380 HSFO - 417.00 (-2.21)
    180 HSFO - USD/MT – 464.64 (-2.00)
    MGO - USD/MT – 662.43 (-3.14)

    Meantime, world oil indexes also declined on May 22 as the prospect of mounting U.S.-Iran tensions disrupting supply was offset by concerns that a lengthy trade war between Washington and Beijing would limit crude demand.

    Brent for July settlement decreased by $1.19 to $70.99 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. West Texas Intermediate for July delivery fell by $1.71 to $61.42 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Brent benchmark traded at the premium of 9.57 to WTI. Gasoil for June lost $12.50.

    Today morning oil indexes continue slight downward movement.

    Over the past week, oil prices have trended higher as concerns about escalating U.S.-Iran and Iran-Saudi standoffs have overshadowed bearish-side concerns about the U.S.-China trade war and slowing global economic growth. The rising tension in the Middle East and the critical oil tanker waterways in the region have had some forecasts return to talking about Brent Crude hitting US$80, US$90, or even US$100 a barrel, compared to the current level of around US$72 per barrel. JP Morgan, however, thinks that the return of the geopolitical risk premium in oil prices could be only for the short term, as U.S. shale production continues to grow, while global oil demand may falter amid uncertainties in the world’s economy.  

    OPEC+ reportedly discussed two options for increasing production in the second half of the year. The group weighed a plan that would end over-compliance with the cuts, which could add 0.8 million bpd of supply back onto the market. Or, the group could agree to trim the cuts from 1.2 to 0.9 million bpd. However, the group will wait until the June meeting in Vienna to make a decision, and many members are inclined to extend the cuts.

    President Trump said that any trade deal with China must skew in favor of the U.S. because of past trade actions by China. The message seems to lower odds of a breakthrough in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, the Trump administration lifted steel tariffs on Mexico and Canada.

    U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said that a sanctions bill on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline would come in the not too distant future. Separately, Gazprom said that delays in getting permits from Denmark could push off the in-service date of the project into 2020 from late 2019.

     U.S. shale operators are on course to boost production by 16 percent this year. That could put output up 1.1 to 1.2 million bpd by the end of the year. Despite temporary challenges faced in the beginning of the year, E&P companies are set to deliver on their original production and capital targets, with some being well positioned to perform above initial expectations. Several operators have in fact raised their production guidance for the remainder of the year.

    We expect bunker prices will continue downward trend: 5-7 USD down for IFO, 9-12 USD down for MGO.

    MABUX World Bunker Index (consists of a range of prices for 380 HSFO, 180 HSFO and MGO (Gasoil) in the main world hubs) decreased on May 22:

    380 HSFO – 417.00 (-2.21)
    180 HSFO – USD/MT – 464.64 (-2.00)
    MGO – USD/MT – 662.43 (-3.14)

    Meantime, world oil indexes also declined on May 22 as the prospect of mounting U.S.-Iran tensions disrupting supply was offset by concerns that a lengthy trade war between Washington and Beijing would limit crude demand.

    Brent for July settlement decreased by $1.19 to $70.99 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. West Texas Intermediate for July delivery fell by $1.71 to $61.42 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Brent benchmark traded at the premium of 9.57 to WTI. Gasoil for June lost $12.50.

    Today morning oil indexes continue slight downward movement.

    Over the past week, oil prices have trended higher as concerns about escalating U.S.-Iran and Iran-Saudi standoffs have overshadowed bearish-side concerns about the U.S.-China trade war and slowing global economic growth. The rising tension in the Middle East and the critical oil tanker waterways in the region have had some forecasts return to talking about Brent Crude hitting US$80, US$90, or even US$100 a barrel, compared to the current level of around US$72 per barrel. JP Morgan, however, thinks that the return of the geopolitical risk premium in oil prices could be only for the short term, as U.S. shale production continues to grow, while global oil demand may falter amid uncertainties in the world’s economy.  

    OPEC+ reportedly discussed two options for increasing production in the second half of the year. The group weighed a plan that would end over-compliance with the cuts, which could add 0.8 million bpd of supply back onto the market. Or, the group could agree to trim the cuts from 1.2 to 0.9 million bpd. However, the group will wait until the June meeting in Vienna to make a decision, and many members are inclined to extend the cuts.

    President Trump said that any trade deal with China must skew in favor of the U.S. because of past trade actions by China. The message seems to lower odds of a breakthrough in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, the Trump administration lifted steel tariffs on Mexico and Canada.

    U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said that a sanctions bill on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline would come in the not too distant future. Separately, Gazprom said that delays in getting permits from Denmark could push off the in-service date of the project into 2020 from late 2019.

     U.S. shale operators are on course to boost production by 16 percent this year. That could put output up 1.1 to 1.2 million bpd by the end of the year. Despite temporary challenges faced in the beginning of the year, E&P companies are set to deliver on their original production and capital targets, with some being well positioned to perform above initial expectations. Several operators have in fact raised their production guidance for the remainder of the year.

    We expect bunker prices will continue downward trend: 5-7 USD down for IFO, 9-12 USD down for MGO.



2019 September 18

10:37 Training underway for Jeddah Maritime Information Sharing Centre
10:21 Panama Canal signs agreement with Port of Rotterdam
10:12 TGS announces strategic milestones to accelerate growth
09:44 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.09% to $64.49, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.44% to $59.08
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,283 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 18

2019 September 17

19:06 Rosmorrechflot’s shipbuilding order for coming six years foresees construction of 147 vessels
18:29 Lead chemical carrier of Project 00216М named PortNews after our agency
18:05 MPC Capital and ZEABORN strengthen HARPER PETERSEN by combining their shipbroking activities
17:24 MOL issues integrated 'MOL Report 2019'
16:35 Eagle Bulk Shipping takes delivery of M/V Sydney Eagle
16:02 CMA CGM and TFG launch Rhine valley rail to German hinterland
15:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to New Zealand
15:02 Sembcorp Marine’s Brazilian shipyard completes Petrobras P-68 FPSO
14:56 CMA CGM strengthens its intra-European and Mediterranean offer with the launch of the Black Sea Marmara Morocco service
14:10 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase for Trans-Pacific eastbound
13:10 Zadar Cruise Port is Port of the Year 2019
12:10 Port of Oakland refrigerated exports jump 20 percent in past year
11:51 Combined Task Force Commanders discussed their shared aims and goals in tackling the threat of piracy
11:34 Lars Thrane makes its Iridium Certus® debut with the LT-4200 maritime satcom system
11:22 Belfast Harbour reveals ambitious growth plans
11:00 Marine cargo market characterised by “accelerating change” as underwriters take action to address continuing unprofitability, says IUMI
10:34 Safety at Sea and BIMCO publish cyber security white paper
10:27 ABS and Keppel partner in developing the first two new build Drilling Rigs with Smart Notations
09:43 Greenland research vessel picks MAN hybrid propulsion package
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.87% to $68.42, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.24% to $61.89
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,311 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 17

2019 September 16

18:04 Ports draw $5B investment, 12K jobs to Georgia
17:59 GOGL increases investment in Singapore Marine
17:50 Pella launched first serial trawler of Project 03095, Castor
17:25 Tenders on pilot projects for stevedoring company concessions in Olvia and Kherson ports officially announced
17:04 Vestdavit equips Norwegian Coast Guard’s next generation for Polar boat launch and recovery
16:29 USCG halts 2 illegal charters near Miami, Fort Lauderdale
16:04 Royal Caribbean to welcome first Quantum Ultra Class ship to North America
15:27 Boluda Towage Spain manoeuvres world’s largest container ship in port of Algeciras
15:04 Cargill and Maersk Tankers join forces in the Medium Range segment
14:10 Zvezda shipyard hosts keel-laying ceremony for third Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
13:39 Jotun transforms turnaround times for storage tanks with a new TankFast solution
13:16 North Sea Port starts testing more reliable lockage planning for scheduled services in the Terneuzen lock
12:42 Meyer Turku is moving the delivery of Costa Smeralda to November
12:18 AEC welcomes Guggenheim Partners Investment Management as Arctic Partner
11:55 Professional emergency response team of Kontur SPb LLC recommended to be certified for emergency response to oil spills
11:21 Workshop on ISPS Code for Designated Authority and Port Facility Security Officers held in Ghana
10:53 IMO continues work to promote ratification of international treaty covering wreck removal
10:29 GESAMP celebrates fifty years of service in ocean science
10:04 Busan Port Authority and Adani Ports & SEZ conclude MOU
09:50 Brent Crude futures price is up 9.96% to $66.22, Light Sweet Crude – up 8.61% to $59.52
09:32 Gazprom supports 3rd Conference “LNG Fleet and LNG Bunkering in Russia” as its General Sponsor
09:17 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,312 points
09:08 Nyborg becomes 30th port to join the Cruise Baltic network
08:44 ECSA, INTERFERRY, EUDA and CLIA Europe welcome report on the evaluation of the Energy Taxation Directive
08:35 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 16
08:00 Live webcast of NEVA 2019 zero-day conference begins at 10 am, September 16, on PortNews website

2019 September 15

15:47 M/V "SARA” refused access to the Paris MoU region
14:26 USCG assisted capsized USFSP sail students in St. Petersburg, Florida
12:02 World’s largest wind turbine blade test stand built by Siemens Gamesa
11:21 IMCA to introduce CPD scheme for diving supervisors
10:51 L3Harris Technologies delivers new advanced autonomous vehicle capability to UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

2019 September 14

15:29 Coast Guard reopens Houston Ship Channel after protest demonstration