ENGINE: East of Suez Bunker Fuel Availability Outlook
Bunker operations resumed with calmer weather in Zhoushan last Friday, after five days of disruptions from Typhoon Chanthu. Local suppliers were facing lengthy delays late last week, but most of them have now cleared their backlogs.
Lead times for low sulphur fuel grades have dropped again to 2-3 days in Zhoushan, while HSFO380 supply remains tight with most suppliers.
HSFO380 has also tightened significantly in Fujairah this week, which has added upward price pressure. Fujairah’s high sulphur fuel price has jumped more than $20/mt on the week, while Singapore’s price has only gained by half as much over the same period.
Recommended lead times for HSFO380 are stretching to eight days in Fujairah, which is the same as in Singapore. VLSFO and LSMGO grades are more readily available in Fujairah, with up to four days required in the port.
Four suppliers can now offer HSFO380 in Fujairah, after new a entrant, Montfort, launched bunker supply operations in the port at the start of September.
The UEA port’s fuel oil inventories fell to 7.47 million bbls on the week to 13 September, their lowest levels since late March, data from the Fujairah Oil Industry Zone (FOIZ) and S&P Global Platts showed last week.
Singapore’s lead times remain unchanged on the week, with VLSFO and HSFO380 requiring up to eight days of lead time. LSMGO is more readily available in the bunkering hub at four days.
Singapore’s residual fuel oil stocks dropped by 2.85 million bbls in the week to 15 September, coming down from seven-week highs, according to the latest Enterprise Singapore data.
The port’s fuel oil imports surged to their highest levels since mid-April, rising by 4.14 million bbls on the week. At the same time exports were almost cut in half on the week, dropping below 1 million bbls – their lowest levels since May.
Tokyo Bay’s bunker market is well supplied across fuel grades, while barges remain tight in several western Japanese ports – from Osaka to the Kyushu area.
Japan’s low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) inventories rose to a 14-week high of 4.85 million bbls on the week to 11 September, while HSFO stocks rose by 3% to 7.52 million bbls, data from the Petroleum Association of Japan showed last week.
Source: ENGINE (https://engine.online/)