NEWS ROUND UP 29 JUNE

NEWS ROUND UP 29 JUNE

CHEM Europe: Development of sustainable marine fuels

In an EU-funded research project, an international consortium aims to develop new production methods for sustainable marine fuels to replace heavy fuel oils in shipping. The use of heavy fuel oils (HFOs) contributes to global warming due to the fossil origin of these fuels and, moreover, generating non-negligible emissions of pollutants such as sulphur oxides. The IDEALFUEL project aims to create sustainable alternatives by developing new efficient and low-cost methods to produce low-sulphur heavy fuel oils from wood-based non-food biomass. OWI Science for Fuels gGmbH and TEC4FUELS GmbH are involved in the project as research partners.

https://www.chemeurope.com/en/news/1166902/development-of-sustainable-marine-fuels.html

 

Hellenic Shipping News: Mounting transport fuel stocks add new twist to VLSFO specs

Shifting fundamentals in European transport fuel markets have affected operational requirements for shipowners using VLSFO, as blenders alter feedstocks to make their economics work amid the coronavirus pandemic while the bunkering industry grapples with this year’s lower sulfur content rules.

https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/mounting-transport-fuel-stocks-add-new-twist-to-vlsfo-specs/

 

TheStar: Shippers face financial burden

KUALA LUMPUR: The delays in collecting cargoes during the movement control order (MCO) period has resulted in accumulated charges, causing financial burden to local shippers and manufacturers, says Malaysian National Shippers’ Council (MNSC) chairman Datuk Dr Andy Seo Kian Haw.

https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2020/06/29/shippers-face-financial-burden

 

Splash 247: China launches low- sulphur fuel futures

China has started the trading of the futures of low-sulphur fuel on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange from today.

Prior to the commencement of official trading, the exchange conducted two trials on June 13 and June 21 including daily trading and settlement.

The first day of trading commenced with a benchmark price of RMB2,368 ($335) per ton for monthly delivery contracts from January to June 2021 and the price has so far surged by around 13 % on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange.

https://splash247.com/china-launches-low-sulphur-fuel-oil-futures/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Indepthnews: Concerted Efforts to Offset Damage Caused by Arctic Shipping

REYKJAVIK (IDN) – The polar region located at the northernmost part of Earth is warming at an accelerating rate and as sea ice continues to melt away, Arctic waters are becoming increasingly navigable to vessels carrying heavy fuel oil (HFO). HFO, which is one of the world’s dirtiest fuels, is not only virtually impossible to clean up in the event of a spill, but also produces higher levels of air and climate pollutants than other marine fuels.

Aware of the severe risks that heavy fuel oil poses to polar environments, the international shipping community has already banned its use in the Antarctic. But, as experts point out, it is now time to provide similar protection to the Arctic – an ecosystem that is equally vulnerable to disturbance and pollution.

Until recently, 76 per cent of the fuel used in Arctic shipping was HFO. Ships typically used heavy fuel oil with a sulphur concentration of 2.7 per cent. But the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has ruled that from January 1, 2020, the maximum sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil would be 0.5 per cent instead of 3.5 per cent. Subsequently, fewer ships are now using HFO.

https://www.indepthnews.net/index.php/sustainability/oceans-seas-and-marine-resources/3649-concerted-efforts-to-offset-damage-caused-by-arctic-shipping

 

VPO: Stena Bulk presents low emission tanker prototype

Stena Bulk has presented a prototype of the next-generation product and chemical tanker, the IMOFlexMAX, which will reportedly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25 per cent compared to current product tankers.

https://vpoglobal.com/2020/06/22/stena-bulk-presents-low-emission-tanker-prototype/

 

Ship and Bunker: Chinese VLSFO Exports dropped in May

Exports of very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) from China dropped significantly last month according to news agency Reuters, in signs of a continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global shipping demand.

https://shipandbunker.com/news/apac/720042-chinese-vlsfo-exports-dropped-in-may

 

Ship and Bunker: OPEC+ Compliance May Deliver $500/MT VLSFO by End of 2021

Full compliance by members of the oil producer coalition OPEC+ to its output cuts deal could see Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) prices climb above $500/MT again by late 2021, according to bunker trading company Integr8 Fuels.

https://shipandbunker.com/news/world/556345-opec-compliance-may-deliver-500mt-vlsfo-by-end-of-2021

 

Ship and Bunker: Istanbul Market Faring Well Despite 8% Drop in Bunker Sales

Local bunker suppliers in Istanbul have sounded a positive tone despite a drop in marine fuel sales following measures put in place to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://shipandbunker.com/news/emea/948043-istanbul-market-faring-well-despite-8-drop-in-bunker-sales

 

Ship and Bunker: Pacific Green Retreats From Scrubber Sales as HSFO Discount Remains Narrow

Technology company Pacific Green has decided to scale back its presence in the marine scrubber business, in the latest sign of weakening prospects for the emission cleaning technology.

https://shipandbunker.com/news/emea/135150-pacific-green-retreats-from-scrubber-sales-as-hsfo-discount-remains-narrow

 

The installation of 700 scrubbers was cancelled due to Covid

According to Clarksons, many works entrusted to shipyards were cancelled due to the pandemic and to the drop in the price gap between traditional bunker oil and low-sulphur fuel oil

http://www.ship2shore.it/en/shipping/the-installation-of-700-scrubbers-was-cancelled-due-to-covid_74446.htm

 

Fujairah refiners mull switch from LSFO to light distillates as profitability plunges – traders

Key low sulfur fuel oil refineries in Fujairah belonging to Uniper and Vitol may switch to producing more profitable light distillates or mothball their refineries altogether if demand for LSFO remains depressed and prices unprofitable, traders in Fujairah said week ending June 26.

https://www.bunkerworld.com/news/157396

 

Shippingwatch: Bunker company predicts significant price increase for low-sulfur oil in 2021

If the Opec+ member states continue to comply with their agreement to lower oil production, the price of low-sulfur fuel oil could surge to over USD 500 by the end of 2020, assesses bunker company.

https://shippingwatch.com/suppliers/article12251702.ece

 

Motorship: KEEPING ENGINES RUNNING AMID 2020 FUEL CHALLENGES

Early reports on the variable quality of very low-sulphur fuel oils confirm research highlighting the need for robust cylinder lubrication when using the new fuel blends.

Looking back on the first three month since the implementation of IMO’s global sulphur cap, it seems that concerns over the variability of new very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) blends were justified. To cite just one example, Lloyd’s Register’s Fuel Oil Bunker Analysis and Advisory Service (FOBAS) has issued three alerts on excessive sediments in VLSFO. FOBAS’ analysis shows that five percent of all VLSFO samples taken in Singapore in the first two months of 2020 had high sediment volumes. In Rotterdam the figure rises to 23%.

https://www.motorship.com/news101/fuels-and-oils/keeping-engines-running-amid-2020-fuel-challenges

 

Bunker price spread keeps scrubber economics unfavourable  By Michelle Wiese Bockmann

The price spreads being seen have extended the payback period for a scrubber capesize bulk carrier beyond five years, and more than three years for a very large crude carrier

The difference in price between high-sulphur fuel oil and the compliant 0.5% sulphur fuel oil is weakening the economic argument for scrubbers.

https://lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com/LL1132783/Bunker-price-spread-keeps-scrubber-economics-unfavourable

 

Hong Kong Shipping Gazette News .hksg.com

Article in full below.

TS Lines in search of new ships as Q1 profits soar 170pc to US$21.5m

CHAIRMAN of TS Lines, Chen Te Shen says controlling costs and services additions on routes with growing demand have led to the Taiwan carrier’s 170 per cent year-on-year increase in profits.

The Taiwanese operator of the intra-Asia carrier reported profits of TWD650 million (US$21.49 million), achieved by responding to challenging conditions caused by Covid-19 with the company withdrawing from the US trades and concentrating on operating intra-Asian and Asia-Australia routes. Mr Chen said the company further reduced costs by redelivering chartered vessels that were deployed on withdrawn services.

The leased fleet increased the flexibility of the company’s operations. While owning a certain percentage of newly built own ships, with high fuel efficiency, allowed the company to reduce costs further, reports Container News, Jacksonville.

Mr Chen said that there is a silver lining in the pandemic, as oil prices collapsed to an 18-year low, resulting in low-sulphur fuel oil becoming cheaper. This meant compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s emissions cap was more affordable.

“Oil prices fell sharply in March. As the fuel surcharge was calculated based on the oil price of the previous quarter, when our actual bunker costs fell, the company’s profit increased,” explained Mr Chen.

Cargoes to and from India and the Philippines declined during Q2, but TS Lines added services to Thailand and Vietnam, where cargo demand remained strong. Consequently, the carrier’s operating profit for Q2 2020 is forecast to be TWD700 million.

The chairman said: “We’ll continue to acquire vessels and commission newbuildings. Three years ago, we aimed to own five vessels. At the time, we operated 36 vessels. Today, we are operating 46 ships, including 12 owned vessels. Another three are under construction. Today’s newbuildings are fuel-efficient, but it takes two years for a vessel to be built. If there are suitable pre-owned ships in the market, we’ll consider second-hand purchases.”

 

BTJ 2/20 – Green loans by the book. How to embed environmental care in ship financing by Amy Lindemann, Senior Associate, Campbell Johnston Clark

The IMO 0.5% sulphur cap is now in force globally, while the Poseidon Principles, a banking code aimed at integrating climate considerations into lending decisions, have been widely adopted by many of the major ship finance banks.

Let us then explore the implications for the evolution of loan and finance lease documentation in shipping, as well as for the commercial elements of deals.

http://baltictransportjournal.com/index.php?utm_source=freshmail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BTJ_e-newsletter&id=110

 

ICE LSGO futures net speculative length rises 6,045 lots on week

Speculative net long positions in ICE low sulfur gasoil futures rose 6,045 contracts to 34,899 in the week to June 16, according to ICE data June 22.

https://www.bunkerworld.com/news/157342

 

China to extend sulfur limitations for bunker fuels along entire coastline

China to extend sulfur limitations for bunker fuels along entire coastline

Hunan, China — China is set to tighten its sulfur-limit restrictions for ships by extending the 0.5% bunker fuel sulfur limit from the initially designated Emission Control Areas (ECAs) to the entire coastline, industry sources told Platts.

In view of the rising concerns over environmental pollution, tightening sulfur-limit restrictions is no surprise, a Beijing-based coal trader noted, adding that coastal shipowners will have to bear the brunt, and in turn, may be forced to raise coastal freights.

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Majority of IMO 2020 compliant bunker demand to be met by marine gasoil, low sulfur fuel oil: IBIA exec

Majority of IMO 2020 compliant bunker demand to be met by marine gasoil, low sulfur fuel oil: IBIA exec

Compliance to the International Maritime Organization’s global sulfur limit rule is expected to be high with about 95% of the compliant bunker fuel demand likely to be met by marine gasoil and low sulfur fuel oil come 2020, Simon Neo, regional manager Asia at IBIA, said Tuesday.

“Before 2020, things need to be ready as the date is cast in stone … IMO 2020 is final and there will be no delay,” Neo said at an industry event in Singapore.

The IMO will cap global sulfur content in marine fuels at 0.5% starting January 1, 2020, from 3.5% currently. This applies outside the designated emission control areas where the limit is already 0.1%.

Shipowners will have to switch to more expensive cleaner fuels or consider alternative fuels such as LNG or use HSFO with scrubbers to comply with this rule.

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IMO 2020: Russia to provide stimulus for low sulfur bunker production

IMO 2020: Russia to provide stimulus for low sulfur bunker production

Russia is taking steps to stimulate the production of low sulfur bunkers and ease the transition to the new IMO 2020 global sulfur cap for the country’s  refiners.

Speacking at the 12th international Transport of Russia conference in Moscow Sorokin, vice minister of energy, said as part of package of “special privileges ” for refiners his country would offer “a small premium for every ton of low-sulfur fuel in the Baltic and in the Far East basin,” local media reports.

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Bomin: Office Closure not an easy decision but commercially responsible

Bomin: Office Closure not an easy decision but commercially responsible

Bomin’s decision to close a number of key offices this year not been easy but it was the commercially responsible thing to do, Jan Christensen, Managing Director of Bomin Group, has told Ship & Bunker.

Having said in June it would close its Dubai “hub” office, the bunker supplier announced last week it will also exit Singapore and Antwerp.

“In this market you’ve got to be pragmatic in how you rationalise resource. These have not been easy to make,” said Christensen.

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