News Round Up 25 May 2020

News Round Up 25 May 2020

Lloyd’s Loading List: Freight market turbulence set to continue all year, says DSV chief

Freight markets will see significant turbulence in the coming months with volatile rate readjustments likely in the air and ocean sectors as coronavirus lockdowns are eased and demand slowly recovers, according to Jens Bjørn Andersen, CEO of DSV Panalpina.

Bunkerspot: ASIA PACIFIC: Straits Inter Logistics records 159.3% surge in annual revenue

Announcing revenue of RM663.2 million for FY 2019, Malaysia’s Straits Inter Logistics attributed much of the rise to an increase in demand for high sulphur fuel oil and the start of VLSFO supply.

Bunkerspot: EUROPE: ‘Varied picture’ for Port of Antwerp’s 2020 freight volumes

The coronavirus impacted on freight throughput at the Port of Antwerp in April, but volumes were still up 0.4% overall during the first four months of 2020 compared with the same period last year.

Bunkerspot: ASIA PACIFIC: New bunker tanker now operating in Fremantle

BP Marine and ASP Ships Group have announced that the Absolute I, a 8,646 DWT tanker capable of carrying three grades of fuel, is now making bunker deliveries in Fremantle, Kwinana and at the local anchorages.

The Absolute I, which was launched in October 2019 and delivered into Fremantle in April, replaces the smaller vessel Vacamonte. The tanker made its first bunker delivery to the bulk carrier ASL Fortune at the Fremantle/Kwinana anchorage on 23 April.

Bunkerspot: GLOBAL: SEA\LNG issues response to Climate Bond Initiative’s Green Bond criteria

Highlighting marine LNG’s role as a ‘crucial tool’ in helping to achieve climate ambitions, the industry coalition says that the recently announced proposed criteria for Green Bond certification of low carbon shipping financing, ‘leans towards being technology prescriptive rather than goal oriented; a precarious strategic approach to a highly complex international challenge’.

Ship & bunker: Distillate Demand by 7% Over Year: IEA

The first quarter demand picture for refined oil products shows jet fuel losing the biggest chunk of compared to the same quarter last year.

Ship & bunker: Woodside Petroleum to Alter Vincent Crude to Target VLSFO Market

Australian energy company Woodside Petroleum plans to alter the quality of its Vincent crude oil to make it suitable as a blending component for very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO), according to news agency Reuters.

The company plans to shut off the Cimatti field in Western Australia to raise the average flash point of the Vincent blend, Reuters reported Thursday.

Ship & Bunker: Classification Societies Clash on 2050 Bunker Demand Outlook

Two leading classification societies, DNV and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), have come up with two starkly different visions for how bunker demand might develop in the coming decades – highlighting widespread uncertainty over how the alternative fuels landscape is set to develop.

Ship & bunker: Rosneft Starts VLSFO Production at Syzran Refinery

Russian energy producer Rosneft has started production of very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) at its Syzran refinery in the south-west of the country, the company said Thursday.

The company started production of the fuel in early 2020, it said in a statement on its website.

News Update 8 April 2020

News Update 8 April 2020


Informed local sources have told Bunkerspot that bunkering operations at the Sri Lankan port of Hambantota are now set to begin. 



Pavilion Energy is calling on LNG suppliers to help develop an industry standard for the fuel’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to Reuters.


Bunkerspot: MAN ES low-speed dual fuel engines top 1 million operating hours

Our plan is very much to continue this dual-fuel focus – to this end, we recently released a Mk II ME-GI model and are currently, owing to market demand, developing an Otto-cycle variant – the ME-GA,’ says Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President, Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions.


GLOBAL: New CEO for TFG Marine

Anders Grønborg has joined TFG Marine as Chief Executive Officer to oversee the company’s ongoing expansion efforts in the global marine fuel markets.


BUNKERSPOT: CMA CGM will be suspending low sulphur surcharge next month

CMA CGM has announced that, ‘taking into consideration the current price of VLSFO’, the Low Sulphur Surcharge (LSS20) which it introduced on 1 December will not be applicable from 1 May.


Sound market intelligence on global bunker prices is a ‘must have’ requirement for all maritime industry stakeholders

BPi offers bunker price indications in over 350 global ports, including for the new IMO 2020-compliant very low sulphur fuel oils (VLSFOs), and instant price comparisons across all ports.


BUNKERSPOT: Maersk seafarers hospitalised in China with suspected coronavirus

DANISH shipping giant, AP Moller-Maersk has confirmed that crew members have been evacuated from the Gjertrud Maersk and hospitalised in Ningbo, China, with suspected cases of the coronavirus.

REUTERS: Shipping industry calls on G20 leaders to allow merchant ships to call at ports

SHIPS and their crews must be able to trade freely with minimal port restrictions to ensure supply lines don’t collapse while the coronavirus places many major cities around the globe under lockdown.


SPALSH 24/7 two articles:
IMO 2020 capped by coronavirus, stretched authorities ditch fuel checks

Less than three months after being introduced the global sulphur cap risks being another victim of the coronavirus with news from the UK where authorities have publicly admitted they have stopped checking for compliant fuel.

Stena Bulk MR tanker takes on biofuel

Swedish tanker owner Stena Bulk has commenced a test to run one of its MR tankers on 100% biofuel.


Scrubber installations to be scrapped as oil price falls off a cliff

FINNISH technology group Wartsila says container and dry bulk ship owners are cancelling scrubber retrofits and installations in a move designed to cut costs. Alphatanker predicts a “flood of cancellations” as cost cutting and the erosion of marine fuel oil premiums render the sulphur abatement technology redundant.

The price of 0.5 per cent very low sulphur fuel oil now used by some 70 per cent of the international global fleet dived by 278 per cent in Singapore since the start of this year when it was as high as US$653.75 per tonne, according assessments compiled by price reporting agency Argus Media, reported London’s Lloyd’s List.

“Persistent low marine fuel prices will hit the fortunes of shipowners who have invested heavily to have their vessels equipped with scrubbers,” said Alphatanker, a research division of Paris-based brokers BRS.

The difference in price between compliant very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and 3.5 per cent high sulphur fuel oil used by vessels with scrubbers has shrunk to $50 per tonne, from $400 per tonne earlier this year, according to Alphatanker.

That has reduced the earnings premium for scrubber-fitted vessels and extended the payback time for the $2.5 million average investment to four years rather than four months for the largest vessels that have retrofitted the technology. Payback time will be even longer for smaller vessels, given the economies of scale.

“The question is now rightly being raised over whether scrubber installations will be cancelled,” Alphatanker said in its weekly report. “Installations due to be carried out in Chinese yards were already being delayed in the wake of Covid-19 and now following stellar returns for tankers, some owners are reportedly delaying or even, where possible, cancelling installations.

“Reports suggest that owners of bulkers or liners struggling amid the global downturn are also cancelling scrubbers as they strive to cut costs. We fear that this is just the tip of the iceberg and as the global recession intensifies during the second quarter, this drip of cancellations could turn into a flood.”

Some 2,753 vessels totalling 328.7 million deadweight tonnage (dwt) were trading and had scrubbers installed, according to the Lloyd’s List Intelligence database at the start of January.

A further 580 newbuildings were to have scrubbers fitted. Some 16.4 per cent of crude tankers, including one in five very large crude carriers, and 12.7 per cent of containerships have the technology installed. Dry bulk scrubber penetration is at 12 per cent.


Alternative fuel sources come under spotlight for shipping

Biofuels and methanol are gaining more consideration as a marine fuel to comply with the stricter environmental regulations by IMO to reduce shipping emissions. According to Nanyang Technological University’s senior scientist Dr Prapisala Thepsithar, biofuels can present a cleaner and low carbon alternative fuel source for the shipping industry.

Yet, biofuels still contribute to air pollution with the release of carbon monoxide and NOx. Dr Thepsithar adds that biofuel are also more expensive compared to traditional marine fuels so their use may not be realistic to ship owners.

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