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

 

News Round Up:  22- 30 March

News Round Up: 22- 30 March

Shippingwatch: MSC accused of illegally carrying heavy diesel on board a ship

Container line MSC is accused by the United Arab Emirates of illegally carrying heavy diesel on board one of its ships that is only allowed to sail on low-sulfur fuel. MSC argues that the oil was to be used for a test. https://www.bunkerspot.com/global/50154-global-talusia-universal-lube-oil-receives-nol-from-wingd

 

Splash 24/7: Fuel price spread plummets to as low as $62 per tonne

Latest data from Ship&Bunker shows the average price spread between high and low sulphur fuel oil at the world’s 20 largest bunkering hubs stands at just $86 per tonne, putting scrubber investments into sharp focus. In some ports the figures are even more narrow with Fujairah having a price spread yesterday of just $64 per […] https://splash247.com/fuel-price-spread-plummets-to-as-low-as-62-per-tonne/

 

Lloyd’s Loading List: UAE bans MSC boxship for a year over sulphur cap violations

In what could be one of the first penalisations relating the HSFO carriage ban that came into effect earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates has banned an MSC containership and will take legal action against its master for violating the rules https://www.lloydsloadinglist.com/freight-directory/news/UAE-bans-MSC-boxship-for-a-year-over-sulphur-cap-violations/76202.htm

 

Bunkerspot: ASIA PACIFIC: Sinopec refinery begins VLSFO production

The Guangzhou refinery has delivered its first cargo of very low sulphur fuel oil.  https://www.bunkerspot.com/asia/50123-asia-pacific-sinopec-refinery-begins-vlsfo-production

Bunkerspot: GLOBAL: Talusia Universal lube oil receives NOL from WinGD

Total Lubmarine’s Talusia Universal (BN57) has received a No Objection Letter from WinGD for all fuels – liquid and gas – with a sulphur content between 0.00% – 1.50%. https://www.bunkerspot.com/global/50154-global-talusia-universal-lube-oil-receives-nol-from-wingd

 

Lloyd’s Loading List: IMO 2020 + Covid-19 = 0

Coronavirus-driven fall in oil prices has reversed the expected extra costs for container lines and their customers of this year’s new low-sulphur fuel rules, highlights Drewry Supply Chain Advisors https://www.lloydsloadinglist.com/freight-directory/news/IMO-2020-Covid-19-0/76220.htm

 

VPO: Effects of LSFO on cylinder condition shown 3 months after IMO 2020 implementation

The global 0.5 per cent sulphur cap has been in operation for nearly three months. The effects of low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) and very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) on cylinder condition compared with conventional high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) are coming to light with preliminary field experiences showing issues associated with the fuel changeover. https://vpoglobal.com/2020/03/20/effects-of-lsfo-on-cylinder-condition-shown-3-months-after-imo-2020-implementation/

 

Tackling maritime emissions – IMO rolls out ship and port toolkits

To reduce emissions across the maritime sector, national authorities need to first quantify those emissions and then develop a strategy to reduce them. A new set of toolkits to assess and address emissions from ships and ports is now available from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the global regulatory body for shipping.

The Ship Emissions Toolkit and Port Emissions Toolkit have been developed under the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project, in collaboration with its strategic partners, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).

Astrid Dispert, GloMEEP Technical Adviser, said the guides – available free to download from the GloMEEP website – would help support countries seeking to develop and strengthen national policy and regulatory frameworks related to the prevention of air pollution and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

“Both the ship and port emission toolkits provide practical guidance on assessing emissions so that a national emission reduction strategy for the maritime sector can be developed. The GloMEEP guides provide a wealth of information on assessment techniques and how to develop a national strategy, as well as links to further practical guidance,” Ms. Dispert said.

Both toolkits have been developed through extensive testing and feedback from practical use of the toolkit guides during national and regional training activities held in the 10 lead pilot countries participating in the GloMEEP project. “We have been very pleased to work with the GloMEEP countries and both IMarEST and IAPH on these toolkits,” Ms. Dispert said.

“Ports and shipping are intrinsically linked – as such, efforts to reduce maritime emissions need to extend beyond seagoing ships alone. IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI regulations on air pollution and energy efficiency are aimed at ships, but it is clear that for port emissions to be reduced, national authorities need to consider emissions from all sources, including cargo handling equipment, trucks – as well as domestic vessels. By utilising these guides, countries can develop national strategies which will address emissions from their maritime sector as a whole – protecting public health and the environment and contributing to the fight against climate change.”

Such strategies would include incorporating IMO regulations into national legislation. Annex VI of IMO’s International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from ships (MARPOL) includes regulations to limit air pollution from ships as well as energy efficiency regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from ships.

In April 2018, IMO adopted its initial IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships, which sets out a vision to reduce GHG emissions from international shipping and phase them out, as soon as possible in this century. The initial strategy recognizes the important role of ports as well as shipping in achieving the ambitious targets.

Ship Emissions Toolkit
The Ship Emissions Toolkit provides a structured framework, as well as decision support tools for evaluating emissions reduction opportunities in maritime transport. It offers guidance to countries seeking to develop and strengthen national policy and regulatory frameworks related to the prevention of air pollution and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.

The Ship Emissions Toolkit not only considers emissions from international shipping but also encourages the user to assess emissions from and identify emissions reduction opportunities for the domestic fleet. It may well be the case that domestic shipping represents the largest source of emissions in certain countries, and/or becomes the proving ground for low- or zero-carbon technologies that can subsequently be adopted by international shipping. The toolkit recognizes that ships and ports are intrinsically connected and as such also provides links to the Port Emissions Toolkit. The Ship Emissions Toolkit includes three practical guides:

  • Guide 1 – Rapid assessment of ship emissions in the national context: offers guidance for conducting a rapid assessment and generating both quantitative and qualitative information about a country’s maritime emissions status at the time of analysis.
  • Guide 2 – Incorporation of MARPOL Annex VI into national law: provides useful information for policy makers and legislators in countries preparing for accession; as well as information for developing the legal framework to implement the regulations in MARPOL Annex VI in the domestic legislation.
  • Guide 3 – Development of a national ship emissions reduction strategy: supports countries in developing a national ship emissions reduction strategy that can guide potential policy and investment options.

Port Emissions Toolkit
As more attention is focused on reducing emissions from the entire marine shipping sector, ports are driven to understand the magnitude of the air emissions impact from their operations on the local and global community and to develop strategies to reduce this impact. Port emissions inventories provide the basic building block to the development of a port emissions reduction strategy. The Port Emissions Toolkit includes two guides:

  • Guide No.1: Assessment of port emissions: The guide is intended to serve as a resource guide for ports intending to develop or improve their air pollutant and/or GHG emissions assessments. It incorporates the latest emission inventory methods and approaches. It recognizes that ships do not operate independently from shore-based entities in the maritime transportation system, and that port emission considerations must extend beyond the ships themselves to include all port-related emission sources including: seagoing vessels, domestic vessels, cargo handling equipment, heavy-duty vehicles, locomotives, and electrical grid.
  • Guide No.2: Development of port emissions reduction strategies: The guide is intended to serve as a resource guide for ports intending to develop an emissions reduction strategy (ERS) for port-related emission sources. It describes the approaches and methods that can be used by ports to develop, evaluate, implement, and track voluntary emission control measures that go beyond regulatory requirements.

Download the toolkits here.

Port emission training in Panama
The last in the series of GloMEEP training activities utilising the Port Emissions Toolkit took place in Panama (25-27 September). Participants gained expertise in assessing emissions in ports and devising strategies to address those emissions. This was the tenth such workshop, following similar events run by GloMEEP and IAPH in all the other nine lead pilot countries in the GloMEEP project.

Ships do not operate independently from shore-based entities. Port emission considerations must extend beyond the ships themselves to include all port-related emission sources including: seagoing vessels, domestic vessels, cargo handling equipment, heavy-duty vehicles, locomotives, and electrical grid. Downoad the toolkits here.

Sulphur rules could damage health, EGCSA conference hears

The fuel prescription approach to regulation has resulted in more toxic emissions for certain populations, for example in ports and regions bordering busy shipping lanes, according to human issue studies conducted by Professor Zimmermann of the University of Rostock and Helmholtz Zentrum München. Zimmermann shared his findings as one of the presenters at the first Asian Emissions Technology Conference organised by the Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA).

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