• 2019 November 18 10:19

    MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Nov 18

    The Bunker Review was contributed by Marine Bunker Exchange (MABUX)

    MABUX World Bunker Index (consists of a range of prices for 380 HSFO, 180 HSFO and MGO (Gasoil) in the main world hubs) slightly decreased on Nov 15:

    380 HSFO - USD/MT – 334.29 (-3.60)
    180 HSFO - USD/MT – 379.52 (-1.90)
    MGO - USD/MT – 663.07 (-0.14)


    Meantime, world oil indexes rose on Nov.15 as comments from a top U.S. official raised optimism for a U.S.-China trade deal, but worries about increasing crude supplies capped prices.

    Brent for January settlement increased by $1.02 to $63.30 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. West Texas Intermediate for December delivery rose by $0.95 to $57.72 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The Brent benchmark traded at the premium of $5.58 to WTI. Gasoil for December delivery gained $6.50.

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

    Optimism that the United States and China may soon sign an agreement to end their trade war helped support prices. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an interview on Fox Business Network that there was a very high probability the United States would reach a final agreement on a phase one trade deal with China.

    As per the International Energy Agency, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies face stiffening competition in 2020. The IEA forecast, demand for crude oil from OPEC in 2020 will be 28.9 million bpd, 1 million bpd below the exporter club's current production. It was the IEA's last monthly report before the Dec. 5-6 talks among OPEC states and partners led by Russia on whether to maintain supply curbs aimed at buoying prices and balancing the market. The agency kept its assessments for growth in global oil demand in 2019 and 2020 at 1 million bpd and 1.2 million bpd respectively, but said its outlook might slightly underestimate the impact of tariffs from the U.S.-China trade war.

    As per RF Energy Ministry, Russia will not only keep its position on the global energy markets, but it expects to be able to boost its crude oil exports by up to 500,000 bpd, the equivalent of 25 million tons. Russia’s total crude oil exports in five years could grow to 280 million tons, or 5.62 million barrels per day. Russia exports a large part of its crude oil production, mainly to Europe, although China has emerged as a big buyer of Russian crude in recent years as Beijing’s oil demand continues to grow. China is the biggest buyer of Russian oil outside Europe, while Russia became the largest supplier of crude to China in 2016, surpassing Saudi Arabia for the first time on an annual basis. For two years after 2016, Russia was the single biggest supplier of crude oil to China, but Saudi Arabia has recently regained its number-one supplier status to China. Russia’s plans to boost oil exports puts it, again, in direct competition in the most coveted oil demand market with Saudi Arabia.

    In the United States, production keeps rising, and there was a bigger-than-expected increase in U.S. stockpiles. Production has grown from 11.7 million bpd at the beginning of the year to an all-time high of 12.8 million bpd for week ending November 8, marking the first production increase after five weeks of holding fast at 12.6 million bpd. The production growth represents an increase of more than 1 million bpd from the beginning of the year.

    U.S. crude inventories grew by 2.2 million barrels (as per EIA report last week), exceeding the 1.649 million-barrel rise forecast. The U.S. shale industry plans another spending freeze next year and a sharp slowdown in production growth, as prolific oil and natural gas output has pressured prices and squeezed profits.

    The US oil and gas rig count continued its downward slide last week. For oil rigs specifically, last week marked eleven decreases out of the last thirteen weeks, falling 96 rigs in that timeframe. The total oil and gas rig count now stands at 806, or 276 down from this time last year. The total number of active oil rigs in the United States decreased by 10 reaching 674.

    Venezuela had loaded almost 11 million barrels of crude in just the first 11 days of November, which is more than twice as much as it did in the same period last month. Most of the oil seems to have gone to India and China, with half of the vessels transporting it turning their transponders off to avoid detection. Venezuela’s crude oil production in September averaged just 644,000 bpd, down from 727,000 bpd in August and an average 975,000 bpd over the first half of the year. This shows that sanctions are working to curb oil production, but they have not been able to stifle Venezuela’s exports to zero. The country has oil-for-cash agreements with China and Russia, and although it struggles to repay this debt with its limited amount of oil, it is paying down some of it—apparently without violating any sanctions.

    We expect bunker prices may rise today in a range of plus 4-7 USD.




2019 December 10

18:10 UN Climate Conference – ICS embraces 4th Propulsion Revolution
17:56 Cargo turnover within Volga-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW in navigation season of 2019 fell by 9.7% to 14.452 million tonnes
17:34 APG and TRIG acquire 100% interest in Merkur Offshore Wind Farm
17:19 Northern Fleet cruiser Marshal Ustinov moves to Northern hemisphere
16:03 Hapag-Lloyd announces rates from East Asia to North Europe
15:52 Baltic States aim to implement Rail Baltica project in rapid and coordinated way
15:34 Damen signs contract with EMS Offshore to supply new Shoalbuster 2711
15:03 COSCO SHIPPING signs strategic cooperation agreement with State Power Investment Corporation
14:31 London P&I Club announces senior management appointments in Hong Kong office
14:31 GTT notified by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding for the tank design of an LNG bunker vessel for MOL
13:56 Gazprom Neft expands lubricants production abroad
13:30 Bunker prices are almost flat at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
13:03 DFDS has acquired 100% of the Dutch logistics company Huisman Group
12:45 Throughput of Russian seaports in 11M’19 grew by 2.7% to 766.83 million tonnes
12:24 Research vessel Admiral Vladimirsky of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet reaches the Atlantic Ocean
12:03 APM Terminals Gothenburg takes another major step in their jour-ney towards climate neutrality
11:30 Ships powered by electricity can prove to be more economically efficient than ships running on LNG – Aleksey Rakhmanov
11:26 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 10
11:02 New low-sulphur bunker oil popular in the port of Rotterdam
10:25 Pella Sietas secures construction of icebreaker of ice class "Icebreaker7" and largest single order in company history
10:21 Igor Belousov, rescue vessel of RF Navy's Pacific Fleet, concluded its visit to Vietnam
09:59 Baltiysky Zavod concerned about possible delay in construction of Ural icebreaker amid slow delivery of turbines
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.17% to $64.14, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.22% to $58.90
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,551 points
09:08 CSSC and DNV GL sign new strategic cooperation agreement
08:07 Alewijnse delivers complete portfolio on AMELS 60
07:54 Tramarsa purchases Damen Cutter Suction Dredger for 30-year strategy of expansion

2019 December 9

18:24 Lead chemical carrier of Project 00216М, PortNews, to be delivered as scheduled – USC President
18:06 Vard Marine supports New York’s Gowanus repowering project through design package for two power barges
17:53 Navigation season of 2019 closed in Volga Basin of Russia’s IWW
17:36 Oldendorff Carriers announces its membership in the Getting to Zero Coalition
17:19 Average wholesale prices for М-100 HFO down to RUB 7,795 in RF spot market
17:06 Bahri joins Maritime Anti-Corruption Network to promote collective anti-bribery efforts in maritime sector
16:48 Delo Group and ROSATOM defined procedure for acquisition of 30-pct stake of MC “Delo”
16:30 Puerto Aguadulce services largest vessel to dock in Colombia
16:14 GT Morstroy expands its fleet with jack-up platform of Project RCP 250, Varzina
16:01 His Majesty the King to open Johan Sverdrup
15:57 Risk Intelligence signs agreement for the Risk Intelligence System with Hafnia
15:50 Port of Liepaja (Latvia) handled 6.67 million tonnes of cargo in 11M'2019, down 3.2% Y-o-Y
15:27 Lead hydrographic survey vessel of Project 23370G completed state trials
15:03 Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore revokes Inter-Pacific Petroleum bunker supplier licence
14:35 MSC becomes first major shipping line to use 30% biofuel blends
14:32 Teachers of Marine College upgraded their skills at Marine Recruiting Agency
14:03 ABS grants AIP to Deltamarin and GTT for dual-fuel Newcastlemax design
13:11 Martin Ackermann steps down as CEO of BW LPG
12:28 Oboronlogistics provides stability of the ferry line Ust-Luga — Baltiysk
12:04 Rotterdam to host 4th European Environmental Ports Conference on 24-25 June 2020
11:40 BIMCO to publish new shortened law and arbitration clause
11:16 BIMCO submits biofouling survey results to IMO
11:09 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Dec 09
10:53 Industry roundtable meeting feeling more positive on IMO 2020
10:31 New and largest DFDS ro-ro ship 'Hollandia Seaways' sails between Gothenburg and Ghent in North Sea Port
10:09 REMPEC hosts a three-day training in Tekirdağ, Turkey
09:29 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.39% to $62.14, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.52% to $58.89
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,558 points

2019 December 8

16:47 ABS and CINS facilitate development of risk-based approach to minimize risk of container fires
15:32 Sea Machines & HamiltonJet collaborate to merge capabilities of autonomous control and jet propulsion systems
14:46 GWS installing turbines at Northwester 2 Offshore Wind Farm
13:22 Norsepower collaborates with SWS for cost and energy efficient VLCC designs
12:14 Grieg Star adds 64000dwt bulk cargo carrier to its fleet