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Sulphur2020 New Round Up 7 September - Sulphur 2020

Sulphur2020 New Round Up 7 September

Sep 7, 2020 | Bunkering, Costs, Environment, Fuel, Implications, News Update, sulfur 2020, Sulphur 2020 | 0 comments

Sulphur2020 News Round-Up 7 September 2020

10 featured news updates on Sulphur2020 including a Podcast and the fact that Containerships overtake tankers for the most fitted scrubbers details

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s marine sulphur oxides (SOx) scrubbers have been successfully installed on 22 ships across three ship types during the last 8 months.

The DIA-SOx scrubbers have been installed as scheduled despite COVID-19 restrictions. Remote commissioning conducted via close communication and cooperation with the engineers of its local partners in China and Singapore respectively enabled Mitsubishi Shipbuilding to continue with the planned installations. Read more https://vpoglobal.com/2020/09/04/mitsubishi-shipbuilding-completes-22-scrubber-retrofits/

Rotterdam Hi-5 bunker spread hits all-time low

The premium of very low sulfur fuel oil over its high sulfur equivalent at Rotterdam port fell to a record low on Aug. 21, as the latter stays resilient to bearish fundamentals in the global oil complex.

Read blog post here https://www.bunkerworld.com/news/insight/157893/Britt-Russell-Webster-James-Goldburn/Rotterdam-Hi-5-bunker-spread-hits-all-time-low

Shipper relief as ocean carriers finally scrap low-sulphur surcharges

Ocean carriers are officially scrapping the low-sulphur fuel surcharges introduced last year to mitigate the impact of the 1 January IMO 0.5% sulphur cap regulations on marine fuel.

Maintaining low-sulphur surcharges as fuel prices plunged has been a bone of contention for shippers, who have criticised carriers for being slow to ditch the additional fee. Read in full https://theloadstar.com/shipper-relief-as-ocean-carriers-finally-scrap-low-sulphur-surcharges/

Demand for HSFO at Singapore rising as more scrubbers fitted

Singapore has seen a rise in demand for high sulfur bunker fuel of late from the growing number of ships that have completed scrubber installations, given the limited availability of the grade at smaller ports, market sources said. More https://www.bunkerworld.com/news/157981

MARINE FUEL 0.5%S: Ample supply weighs on global marine fuel markets in September

Global marine fuel 0.5% prices are expected to be capped by increasing supply and depressed demand from the retail sector in September as refiners continue to grapple with weak low sulfur fuel oil margins.

Inventory levels in Asia in particular are expected to rise as an arbitrage window from the West that opened in early-August has market participants expecting at least a 500,000 mt increase in volumes landing in Singapore in September from the month before. Read the blog here https://www.bunkerworld.com/news/insight/157965/Rohan-Menon-Sarah-Jane-FlawsBeth-Brown/MARINE-FUEL-0-5-S-Ample-supply-weighs-on-global-marine-fuel-markets-in-September

South Korea tightens sulphur cap By Hwee Hwee Tan
The six ports affected by the new regulatory cap are Incheon, Pyeongtaek-Dangjin, Yeosu, Gwangyang, Busan and Ulsan. Vessels are required to switch to 0.1% sulphur fuel within an hour of anchoring or docking and do so until an hour before leaving. From January 1, 2022 ships must switch over on entering the emissions control areas Read here (subscription) https://lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com/LL1133720/South-Korea-tightens-sulphur-cap

Pricing for marine fuel 0.5%S in Balboa, Houston jumps on tight supply, wholesale values

Bullish crude complex also plays role in recent bunkers price increases. Read here https://www.bunkerworld.com/news/157960

Listen: Asian HSFO markets endure IMO 2020, coronavirus challenges

Featuring    Mriganka Jaipuriyar     Surabhi Sahu     Oceana Zhou Commodity Oil,  Shipping Length 12:12
Topic COVID 19: Coronavirus Outbreak,  Environment and Sustainability,  IMO 2020

Light sulfur fuel oil has been the main marine fuel of choice worldwide, but high sulfur fuel oil has held its stead in Asia. S&P Global Platts senior oil experts Surabhi Sahu and Oceana Zhou join Platts Asia Head of News Mriganka Jaipuriyar in examining the demand for HSFO particularly in Singapore, which is the world’s largest bunkering port. They also discuss China’s fuel demand and outlook, as well as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Asian fuel oil markets. Link to listen https://www.bunkerworld.com/news/insight/157949/Surabhi-Sahu/Listen-Asian-HSFO-markets-endure-IMO-2020-coronavirus-challenges

Singapore LSFO-HSFO spread falls to 3-month low on rising LSFO supply

Bunker suppliers in Singapore reported fewer inquiries for low sulfur bunker fuel in the week ended Aug. 28. More here https://www.bunkerworld.com/news/157953 

Containerships overtake crude oil tankers as most scrubber-fitted sector

Containerships with a collective cargo carrying capacity of 5.3m TEU are now fitted with an exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubber) to remove sulphur oxides (SOx) from the exhaust gasses generated by the combustion processes in marine engines and thereby comply with the IMO 2020 global sulphur regulation which came into force on 1 January 2020.

By the start of July, the share of the containership fleet with scrubbers installed exceeded that of the crude oil tanker fleet. At that time, the container shipping sector became the most scrubber-fitted amongst the main cargo carrying ship types. “In order to cut the sulphur oxides emission, shipowners who can afford to buy a scrubber have done so to a substantial extent, with investments predominantly directed towards high consumption ship types,” says Peter Sand, BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst and continues – read more: https://www.bimco.org/news/market_analysis/2020/20200813containerships_overtake_crudeoil_tankers_scrubber