Bunkerspot: GLOBAL: The Bunkerspot Debate – 2020: expectations, realities – and black swans
The first online free-to-access Bunkerspot Debate is today available to view. In this discussion, four leading maritime lawyers – Beth Bradley of Hill Dickinson, Harald Søndergaard of Hafnia Law Firm, Andrew Preston of Preston Turnbull and Steve Simms of Simms Showers – give their expert insights on IMO 2020, bunker claims, sanctions, force majeure, and the impact of COVID-19 on the marine fuel and shipping industries.
The online Bunkerspot Legal Debate is the first in a series of focused debates which will look at key trends and developments in the marine fuel sector from an operational, commercial and technical point of view.
Bunkerspot: EUROPE: EC publishes first annual report on shipping’s CO2 emissions
During the first reporting year of 2018, 11,600 ships submitted fuel consumption data and were responsible for 138 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in the European Economic Area – with containerships proving to be the largest emitters, accounting for 18% of the monitored fleet and 30% of total CO2 emissions.
Bunkerspot: EUROPE: Danish companies team up to develop sustainable fuels for road, maritime and air transport in Copenhagen area
A.P. Moller – Maersk, Copenhagen Airports, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS and Ørsted have joined forces to develop an ‘industrial-scale’ facility to produce sustainable fuels for road, maritime and air transport in the Copenhagen area.
In a statement issued today (26 May), the companies said that the hydrogen and e-fuel production facility could be ready ‘as soon as 2023’ and when ‘fully scaled-up by 2030’, it could ‘deliver more than 250,000 tonnes of sustainable fuel for buses, trucks, maritime vessels, and airplanes every year’.
Bunkerspot: GLOBAL: Wärtsilä upgrades FuelFlex ICU to deal with low sulphur fuels
Wärtsilä has launched a FuelFlex Injection Control Unit (ICU) upgrading solution to meet the requirements of operating its RT-flex type two-stroke diesel engines with both residual and low-viscosity marine fuels.
In a statement issued yesterday (245 May), Wärtsilä said that the upgrade was ‘particularly relevant in view of the industry’s increasing use of low-sulphur-content fuels in order to be compliant with sulphur emission regulations’.
Bunkerspot: GLOBAL: ExxonMobil introduces next-generation multi-fuel marine cylinder oil, Mobilgard 540 X
Mobilgard 540 X, which has been formulated for use with 0.10% and 0.50% sulphur fuels – and LNG – will be available at global ports from June this year.
Announcing the launch of Mobilgard 540 X, ExxonMobil said its low base number (BN) formulation had passed stringent fit-for-use testing in newer engine designs. The product is also the first cylinder oil to be gas-validated by WinGD.
Bunkerspot: GLOBAL: Gazpromneft Q1 revenues down, but refining volumes up
Russia’s Gazpromnneft reported revenues of RUB515 billion for the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, down from RUB614 billion last year, but its refining volumes were up more than 3% to 10.3 million tonnes – and this included increased production of IMO 2020-compliant very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO).
Bunkerspot: EUROPE: Portsmouth International Port to pilot smart energy system
Portsmouth International Port is part of a Port Energy Systems Optimisation (PESO) project, co-funded by Innovate UK, which is intended to reduce carbon emissions and facilitate the electrification of port operations.
Bunkerspot: ASIA PACIFIC: Shanghai exchange to test LSFO futures trading
The Shanghai International Energy Exchange is to undertake a ‘mock test’ of Low Sulphur Fuel Oil futures trading between 1-12 June.
Bunkerspot: EUROPE: Norway proposes funding for ‘green recovery’ initiatives
The Norwegian government has outlined proposals for a NOK 3.6 billion strategy to cut industry GHG emissions, which could encompass battery technology, hydrogen and green shipping projects.
VPO: British Ports Association calls for boost in shore power to decarbonise shipping
The British Ports Association has issued a new report, “Reducing Emissions from Shipping in Ports: Examining the Barriers to Shore Power,” calling for the UK government to boost its support for shore power connections as a viable tool for meeting its net zero carbon emissions targets.
The report suggests that this cannot be done without public investment. The Association urges a zero-emission berth standard that would help create more certainty around investments in emissions reductions technologies.
VPO: Lubrizol joins the Getting to Zero Coalition
The Lubrizol Corporation has become the first lubricant additive technology supplier to join the Getting to Zero Coalition.
The Getting to Zero Coalition is an international group currently endorsed by 14 governments and composed of more than 100 organisations. It aims to drive the development of commercially viable, zero-emissions deep-sea ships by 2030. This partnership between the Global Maritime Forum, the World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action boasts leading shipowners, ports, technology providers and fuel companies as well as academic and research institutions.
VPO: Finnlines continues EUR 500M green vessel programme
Finnish ship operator Finnlines is investing EUR 500 million to deploy ultra-green vessels as part of the company’s strategy to reduce fuel consumption and harmful emissions.
The new ro-ro vessels will be built with the latest technology available to ensure the lowest CO2 emissions. They will be equipped with lithium-ion battery systems that enable zero-emission operations in port. The first ro-ro vessel is expected to start operation as early as next year, and the other two in 2022.
Ship & Bunker: Star Bulk Sees Gains From Scrubber Spread Hedging
Dry Bulk Firm Star Bulk, one of the shipping companies most committed to scrubbers in the run-up to IMO 2020, has set out the details of a hedging programme that has gone some way to protect the company from the declining profitability of the system this year.
Ship & Bunker: Argentinian Bunker Sales Gained 70% in First Quarter
Bunker sales at Argentina’s ports jumped by 70% in the first quarter from the same period a year earlier, according to the Argentinian Petroleum and Gas Institute.
Ship & Bunker: SDE International Sees Singapore’s 2020 Bunker Demand Holding Steady
Singapore may be able to hold onto its 2019 bunker sales volumes this year despite the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to consultancy SDE International.
Ship & Bunker: VPS Reports Sharp Decline in Non-Compliant VLSFO Samples
Disputes over the sulfur content of new IMO 2020-compliant fuel blends are likely to be declining, with fewer fuels now tested as being over the new 0.50% sulfur limit, according to testing company VPS.
Lloyd’s Loading List: Lines under pressure to cut ‘obsolete’ low sulphur surcharges
The crash in crude oil prices and consequent severe reduction in bunker costs is increasing calls from customers for savings to be passed on by carriers
Bunkerspot: AMERICAS: Panama Canal bunker volumes hold steady in March
New statistics published by the Panama Canal Authority (AMP) show a small monthly rise in total bunker sales, from 442,886 metric tonnes (mt) in February to 448,093 mt in March; there were increases in very low sulphur fuel oil and marine diesel oil volumes, but a dip in demand for high sulphur fuel oil.
VPO Global: LUKOIL shares lubricant experience
LUKOIL Marine Lubricants has shared its experience of operating with NAVIGO MCL Extra (40BN) with very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) for 100 days.
Bunkerspot: WFS sees 68% Q1 profit surge for bunker segment on lower volumes
World Fuel Services’ marine fuel business held up well in Q1 2020, showing a good degree of resilience amid the current market turmoil, but marine profits are expected to be ‘more meaningfully impacted’ in Q2 by the oil price slump and the coronavirus pandemic.
Bunkerspot: Rotterdam’s Q1 bunker volumes show solid upswing
In spite of falling global bunker demand in the first three months of the year due to the major slowdown in world trade flows as a result of coronavirus, Q1 2020 bunker volumes at the Port of Rotterdam showed a quarter-on-quarter gain to reach 2.37 million cubic metres (cbm) – the highest quarterly total since Q1 2018.
Bunkerspot: Panama bunker volumes hold steady in March
New statistics published by the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) show a small monthly rise in total bunker sales, from 442,886 metric tonnes (mt) in February to 448,093 mt in March; there were increases in very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) and marine diesel oil (MDO) volumes, but a dip in demand for high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO).
Bunkerspot: Lindsay-Blee and Master Fuel sign Colombia marketing and distribution deal
Lindsay‐Blee will exclusively market, sell and distribute marine fuel products in Colombia in partnership with Master Fuel SAS, including very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) 380 cSt, and 0.10% sulphur marine gasoil (MGO).
Bunkerspot: VPS highlights marine fuel storage monitoring service
The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced marine fuel demand which can result in extended bunker storage periods and heighten the risk of fuel quality deterioration.
Fuel testing agency VPS has pointed out that although longer-term storage of marine fuels is possible, it can increase the risk of fuel quality issues arising from temperature, stratification, fuel stability, catfine settling, waxing and microbial growth.
‘Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO), Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO), Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (ULSFO) and Marine Gas Oil (MGO), all have different properties and formulations, which can be negatively affected due to longer-term storage,’ says VPS.
Splash 247: Aussies detain bulk carrier found to be carrying high sulphur fuel
The African Heron, a four-year-old 34,387 dwt bulk carrier belonging to the Amsterdam-based MUR Shipping, was detained in Geelong, Australia on Friday, found to be carrying fuel with Sulphur content above 0.5%.
Ship and Bunker: IBIA, UK Chamber of Shipping Plan Autumn Bunker Event
Bunker Industry association International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) and the UK Chamber of Shipping have teamed up to host a bunker conference in London in September.
The event, on September 29, will provide “a forum for advanced dialogue and exchange of experiences related to marine fuels, the implementation of the 2020 Sulphur Cap, safety implications, the market landscape and new advanced fuel products”, according to the organisers.
An agenda will released nearer the time and sponsorship deals are available.
Ship and Bunker: Chinese Ports Record Rising Bunker Spot Sales
Bunker sales at the Chinese port of Zhoushan rose by 25% to reach 348,500 metric tonnes (mt) in March from the previous month.
Spot Sales of low-sulphur bunker volumes in the port as reported to price reporting agency Argus Media were at a record high of nearly 49,000 mt in March, according to the agency.