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14 September - news round up including can Blockchain help? - Sulphur 2020

14 September – news round up including can Blockchain help?

Sep 14, 2020 | Bunkering, Compliance, Costs, Freight, News Update, sulfur 2020, Sulphur 2020 | 0 comments

14 stories this week in our news round-up on sulphur 2020 and related stories, including can Blockchain help?

BIMCO September News Bulletin

Operators transitioning to low-sulphur fuels to meet the IMO Global Sulphur Cap have faced a sharp learning curve to overcome numerous technical issues. A recent Fuel Oil Quality and Safety Survey, conducted by BIMCO is featured in their September bulletin http://portfolio.cpl.co.uk/BIMCO/202009/sulphur-cap/

Gibraltar Hi-5 bunkers spread at fresh low amid tightness in HSFO

The premium of very low sulfur fuel oil to its high sulfur counterpart at Gibraltar has fallen to its lowest level since at least July 2019 — when S&P Global Platts began assessing VLSFO — amid contrasting supply and demand fundamentals, sources said.

“[There are] heavy issues with HSFO avails in the Gibraltar straits,” one bunker buyer said, adding that, in some cases, HSFO prices were above those for VLSFO.

VLSFO supply has been ample, meanwhile, amid the demand destruction caused by COVID-19. https://www.bunkerworld.com/news/insight/158038/Britt-Russell-Webster-Harry-Morton-Rowan-Staden-Coats-Sarah-Jane-Flaws/Gibraltar-Hi-5-bunkers-spread-at-fresh-low-amid-tightness-in-HSFO

Gard reflects on IMO 2020 fuel switchover

Predictions over potential engine damage and litigation between owners and charterers relating to the use of very low sulphur fuel oils have not materialised – but challenges remain, says the P&I Club.

This week Gard published a report on the IMO 2020 transition based on the claims and inquiries from its members and clients, as well questions posed during a series of webinars hosted by the Club which focused on upon technical, contractual, insurance and enforcement issues related to IMO 2020. https://www.bunkerspot.com/global/51310-global-gard-reflects-on-imo-2020-fuel-switchover

Trafigura invests in improving Berbera Oil Terminal, to make it a ‘regional supply hub’

Trafigura Group has delivered a first shipment of low sulphur gasoil to the Port of Berbera, following the signing of a milestone storage agreement earlier this year with the Government of Somaliland’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism.

This is the first step in a commitment by Trafigura to invest in Berbera Oil Terminal (BOT) facilities to position it as a gateway to serve customers within the country, and integrate oil logistics across the Horn of Africa. https://www.storageterminalsmag.com/trafigura-invests-in-improving-berbera-oil-terminal-to-make-it-a-regional-supply-hub/

ExxonMobil completes successful sea trial of its first marine bio fuel oil

ExxonMobil has safely completed a successful sea trial using the company’s first marine bio fuel oil with shipping company Stena Bulk, bunkered in the port of Rotterdam.

The marine bio fuel oil is a 0.50% sulphur residual-based fuel (VLSFO) processed with a second generation waste-based FAME component (ISCC certified). The product will be available later this year, initially in Rotterdam before a wider launch across the ExxonMobil port network. https://shipmanagementinternational.com/exxonmobil-completes-successful-sea-trial-of-its-first-marine-bio-fuel-oil/

Japan marine fuel 0.5%S flips to premium as typhoon delays bunkering

A temporary tightness in Japan’s marine fuel market due to the impact of Typhoon Haishen has pushed the marine fuel 0.5%S differential into positive territory for the first time in four months. https://www.bunkerworld.com/news/158050

Sediment levels in off-spec fuels cause concerns

The Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis Service is reporting a smaller share of off-specification fuels. It is also noting the increasing prevalence of sediments. Off-spec fuel shares in 0.5% fuels have declined in recent months. At the same time, cases of severe impact, such as vessel paralysis, have not been seen in the past couple of months, Lloyd’s Register testing agency the Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis Service reports. https://lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com/LL1133815/Sediment-levels-in-offspec-fuels-cause-concerns (subcription)

BIFA urges all box lines to drop low-sulphur fuel fee

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has said recent announcements by some container shipping lines that they will suspend or discontinue low-sulphur fuel surcharges “will be welcome news” for its members, urging all box lines to drop low-sulphur fuel fees and criticising the creeping number of other surcharges and fees.

https://www.lloydsloadinglist.com/freight-directory/news/BIFA-urges-all-box-lines-to-drop-low-sulphur-fuel-fee/77347.htm

Vessels with scrubbers look like the biggest sulfur cap losers

Alphatanker says that tankers with a scrubber on board are the biggest losers in the wake of the new sulfur regulations. The analyst firm assesses that the payback period for a scrubber is now up to five years for a supertanker. https://shippingwatch.com/carriers/Tanker/article12397748.ece

US Refining Firms Take to Court Over Bunker Desulfurisation Patent

The technology involves using a hydroprocessing unit at a refinery to remove the sulfur from HSFO while preserving its other qualities. https://shipandbunker.com/news/am/582350-us-refining-firms-take-to-court-over-bunker-desulfurisation-patent

Mitsubishi 2020 Scrubber Installations Reach 22 Ships

The company has installed the systems on board five 20,000 TEU container ships, eight 14,000 TEU container ships, five container ships of 10,000 TEU or less, two oil tankers and two LPG carriers. https://shipandbunker.com/news/world/299208-mitsubishi-2020-scrubber-installations-reach-22-ships

US Refining Firms Take to Court Over Bunker Desulfurisation Patent

The technology involves using a hydroprocessing unit at a refinery to remove the sulfur from HSFO while preserving its other qualities. https://shipandbunker.com/news/am/582350-us-refining-firms-take-to-court-over-bunker-desulfurisation-patent

Patent-pending low sulphur fuel technology was copied, claim inventors

Rigby Refining executives are seeking a jury trial to determine if Phillips 66 and WRB Refining ‘copied’ their Magēmā low sulphur fuel technology.

A complaint has been filed in a Texas district court over the alleged use of the Magēmā technology which was developed by Rigby Refining CEO Michael Moor and Chief Technologist Bertrand Klussman. https://www.bunkerspot.com/americas/51269-americas-patent-pending-low-sulphur-fuel-technology-was-copied-claim-inventors

BunkerTrace

And this is why we created BunkerTrace. Developed in 2019, with input from a broad consortium via BLOC, BunkerTrace is a turn-key solution for tracking marine fuels. Its combination of blockchain and synthetic DNA provides shipping with the assurance of accurate reporting and authenticity of fuels for actionable insights and compliance.

After the first pilot with Cooperative Bebeka in 2019, and scaling with first mover clients, BunkerTrace successfully proved that this technology can transform marine fuel compliance and that the data can be used to make the bunkering supply chain safer. https://theloadstar.com/2020-compliance-and-bunker-fuel-issues-solved-using-blockchain-and-dna/

Maritime shippers focus on ‘clean’ vessels amid pandemic

Industry aims to reduce pollution, improve efficiency, strengthen asset class

“Finally, we project that average vessel speeds will slow to reduce fuel consumption. Such decreases in vessel speeds lead to supply contraction as vessels take longer to complete voyages, thereby supporting market rates.” https://www.theasset.com/article-esg/41549/maritime-shippers-focus-on-clean-vessels-amid-pandemic