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IMO should be quicker on emissions: Marine fuels market

  • : Oil products
  • 24/04/04

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) needs to move faster on measures to meet the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets, market participants have said, with the next Marine Environment Protection Committee (MPEC) meeting in September-October viewed as a key point for the group to lay out its future plans.

Delegates that attended MPEC 81 in London last month broadly welcomed the meeting's outcomes but said more needs to be done, and quicker, in order to meet the revised 2023 GHG targets adopted at MEPC 80 last year.

MEPC 81 approved LCA guidelines around the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O). It also adapted a new 'IMO net-zero framework' that will form the basis for an economic pricing mechanism.

The latter will probably be adopted at MPEC 82, scheduled for 30 September–4 October. Some in the market some expect the mechanism to be set up as a 'levy' system on fossil fuels. The IMO has said its approach to the energy transition is "fuel-agnostic", but market participants said it should look to adopt guidelines and frameworks regarding the use of biofuels in shipping as a robust short-term solution, due to their capability as a "drop-in fuel" for existing marine engines.

IMO delegates from Argentina, China, Brazil, US, Kenya, and Italy said the mechanism is crucial for meet the revised 2023 GHG emissions targets. But the delegate from Togo stressed a need to allocate and provide funding for "vulnerable nations", stating the measures adopted at MPEC 81, and the development of the economic pricing mechanism, will probably increase global shipping costs — which may disproportionately affect developing countries.


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24/07/19

Weather sparks uncertainty for Vietnam’s bitumen demand

Weather sparks uncertainty for Vietnam’s bitumen demand

Mumbai, 19 July (Argus) — Expectations of Vietnam's bitumen consumption in July-August are mixed, given an easing in the monsoon season in some regions but an upcoming typhoon season in other parts. The mixed expectations will likely keep importers uncertain about future seaborne purchases. Consumption in Vietnam has been lower than normal in the last quarter because of unfavourable weather, political uncertainties, a lack of new paving projects and delays in disbursement of project funds, according to market participants. The lower consumption kept inventories higher and weighed on demand for spot seaborne volumes, with many importers only focused on taking delivery of their term contract shipments. Some importers in Vietnam are cautious and did not report consumption rising noticeably as weather in the key consuming south and central regions continues to be wet and not suitable for road paving, while the country is also set to experience typhoons next month. Consumption will stay low until September because the typhoon season starts next month, and the first region to get hit is the north before moving towards the south, a key importer told Argus . It is raining in the south and central regions, according to the importer. "The north is alright now but there is no good pick up [in consumption]," the importer said, adding that imported cargo inventories in the region are still notably higher. This is in contrast to expectations from other Vietnamese importers and some Asian traders, which said that consumption and demand for seaborne bitumen are expected to be higher in July and August as compared to previous months this year, given favourable weather in north Vietnam and more enquiries for Singapore cargoes, to restock in August. Consumption in the south and central regions are stable-to-weak, but overall demand in July and August are set to pick up as some new road projects are in the pipeline, a market participant said. Inventories are falling in some parts of the region and there is a need to replenish stocks now, while the domestic selling price is also expected to increase, participants said. "Demand in Haiphong and north Vietnam is good, and we are able to sell more than last month," another importer told Argus . "If the weather continues to be good, then demand will improve further in the coming weeks and that can increase import appetite." Vietnam is a net importer and typically secures most of its seaborne volumes from Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. Vietnam imported 1.04mn t of bitumen in 2023, up by 20pc from 866,000t imported in 2022, according to GTT data. Singapore cargoes accounted for about 32pc of Vietnam's total imports last year, while Thailand, Taiwan, and China together accounted for about 35pc of the total imports, the data showed. This compared to a 33pc and 40pc share, respectively, in 2022. Middle East penetration Some importers are worried that domestic prices are unlikely to rise in the near term, because of increased availability of relatively cheaper Middle East-origin cargoes in the region. They noted that this would cut domestic appetite for Asian cargoes and would in turn weigh on imports. Vietnam imported about 252,000t of bitumen from the Middle East in 2023, accounting for about 24pc of the total imports, show GTT data. This compared to 135,000t imported in 2022, which accounted for about 16pc of the total imports. Imports from the Middle East totalled 156,000t over January-May, nearly tripling from 55,000t imported during the same period last year. The region's imports from Singapore during the five-month period this year totalled 135,000t, down from 150,000t a year earlier. Imports from the Middle East increased as the inter-regional price arbitrage with Singapore was wide open. The Argus assessed ABX 1 fob Singapore prices averaged $421.50/t for the week of 12 July, while fob Iran bulk prices averaged $294.50/t for that week. Vietnam importers noted that Middle East-origin bulk cargoes were priced at low-$400s/t on a cfr basis, which was still lower than prevailing fob Singapore levels during the period. By Sathya Narayanan Send comments and request more information at feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . All rights reserved.

Brazil's flood-hit airport to resume flights in Oct


24/07/18
24/07/18

Brazil's flood-hit airport to resume flights in Oct

Sao Paulo, 18 July (Argus) — The Salgado Filho international airport in Porto Alegre, in flood-hit Rio Grande do Sul state, will begin receiving some flights in October, Brazil's port and airport ministry said. The airport, which is managed by Germany's Fraport, will initially receive roughly 50 flights/d, with the goal of resuming full capacity by year-end. Prior to the floods, the airport had forecast that it would have 5,404 domestic and international flights (180 flights/d) and transport over 608,000 passengers in April. But it was forced to shut in late April after the record floods that hit the state. The economy of Rio Grande do Sul state contracted by 9pc in May from the previous month, according to preliminary estimates by Brazil's central bank. The floods have left at least 182 dead and nearly 600,000 people displaced, according to the state's civil defense. Send comments and request more information at feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . All rights reserved.

Port Klang completes first B24 biofuels bunkering


24/07/17
24/07/17

Port Klang completes first B24 biofuels bunkering

Singapore, 17 July (Argus) — Marine fuel logistics firm Banle Energy has completed two B24 biofuel bunkering services at Port Klang, Malaysia, for Taiwan's containership firm Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, on 28 June and 10 July. This is the inaugural biofuels bunkering for Malaysia's largest port, and the bunkering was done in partnership with local suppliers Green Marine Supply and Armada Meridian. The B24 biodiesel blend was made from 76pc traditional marine fuel and 24pc used cooking oil methyl ester (Ucome), with Banle Energy estimating a 20pc cut in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared with bunkering conventional fuels. Further details on the fuel type or amount bunkered was not available. The maritime sector continues to push for decarbonisation ahead of the International Maritime Organisation's 2050 net zero GHG emissions from ships. Yang Ming had bunkered B30 high-sulphur fuel oil in Busan on 26 June. Container throughput in Port Klang has remained firm, with about 14.1mn twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) handled in 2023 and almost 3.46mn TEU handled in the first quarter of 2024, according to data from Port Klang Authority. By Cassia Teo Send comments and request more information at feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . All rights reserved.

Aumentan importaciones de combustible en México


24/07/16
24/07/16

Aumentan importaciones de combustible en México

Mexico City, 16 July (Argus) — Las importaciones de combustible en México aumentaron en julio de cara a la temporada de viajes de verano e impulsadas por una disminución de la producción nacional en las refinerías de la estatal Pemex. Las importaciones marítimas a México de gasolina, diésel y turbosina, incluidas las importaciones de Pemex y privados, aumentaron un 18pc a aproximadamente 780,000 b/d del 1 al 10 de julio, frente a 663,000 b/d en el mismo periodo de 2023, según datos de Vortexa. Esto se debió principalmente a un aumento del 66pc en los cargamentos de diésel hasta alcanzar 268,000 b/d, ya que la disponibilidad de este combustible en el mercado ilegal probablemente disminuyó, según fuentes del mercado. Los cargamentos de turbosina se cuadriplicaron hasta los 43,000 b/d en el mismo periodo, ya que Pemex reabastece sus inventarios antes de la temporada de viajes aéreos de verano. Las importaciones de combustible a México habían disminuido a principios de este año, después de que la campaña del gobierno para aumentar la producción de refinerías y reducir su dependencia de las importaciones de EE. UU. comenzara a dar sus frutos, aumentando la producción de gasolina y diésel de Pemex en un 32pc y reduciendo sus importaciones hasta un 25pc en marzo. Pero en abril y mayo, el sistema de refinación de Pemex enfrentó varios problemas, desde un incendio en la refinería de Minatitlán hasta un corte de energía importante en la refinería de Tula, lo que llevó los niveles de procesamiento de crudo de Pemex a un mínimo de cinco meses en mayo. Las tasas de operación de las refinerías en junio se publicarán el 26 de julio. Es probable que el procesamiento de crudo haya caído durante el mes pasado debido a operaciones de mantenimiento en dos refinerías, dijo una fuente familiarizada con las operaciones de refinación de Pemex. El mercado tiene sus dudas sobre la posibilidad una fuerte caída en las importaciones de combustible a México, y algunos refinadores de la costa del Golfo de EE. UU. esperan una fuerte y creciente demanda. Además, incluso si la refinería Olmeca de 340,000 b/d iniciara operaciones comerciales este año, es probable que las otras seis refinerías reduzcan sus tasas de utilización, según fuentes del mercado. Recientemente, Pemex comenzó a vender diésel desde la terminal de distribución de la refinería de Olmeca, pero la cantidad es limitada y el combustible se produjo utilizando materia prima destilada en otra planta. La tendencia a la baja en las operaciones de refinado de México podría continuar en julio a pesar de los esfuerzos del gobierno saliente para aumentar la producción nacional. México ha exportado alrededor de 1 millón de b/d de crudo hasta la fecha en julio, un aumento del 20pc frente a los 847,500 b/d en todo junio, según los datos de Vortexa. Esto indica que es probable que las refinerías de Pemex estén operando a tasas más bajas. Las importaciones de combustible de México podrían continuar su tendencia al alza en los próximos meses, pues los gasolineros esperan una mayor demanda de gasolina durante las vacaciones de verano. Los inventarios de gasolina y diésel de Pemex descendieron un 24pc en junio a 6.2 millones de bl, frente a 8.1 millones de bl en junio de 2023, según una respuesta de transparencia de Pemex a una solicitud de Argus . La empresa deberá aumentar sus importaciones si las refinerías no siguen el ritmo de la demanda. Además, las importaciones suelen aumentar en la segunda mitad del año, impulsadas por la demanda de diciembre y la mezcla de gasolina de invierno de menor precio. México importó más gasolina en el segundo semestre del año en 11 de los últimos 12 años y más diésel en ocho de esos mismos años. Juego de unos pocos El mercado de importación de combustible de México se ha limitado a Pemex y a algunas empresas del sector privado durante los últimos tres años del mandato del presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador, y no hay señales de cambio después de las elecciones presidenciales de junio. Se espera que la presidenta electa Claudia Sheinbaum, que tomará el cargo el 1 de octubre, continúe con las políticas nacionalistas de energía de López Obrador, y tendrá aún menos contrapeso que su predecesor tras la contundente victoria de su partido Morena en las elecciones legislativas. Las importaciones de combustible a México se abrieron a empresas del sector privado después de la reforma energética de 2014, pero la secretaría de energía canceló decenas de permisos de importación de combustible en los últimos años. Por Antonio Gozain Send comments and request more information at feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . All rights reserved.

Tanker owner denies Houthi attack in Med


24/07/16
24/07/16

Tanker owner denies Houthi attack in Med

London, 16 July (Argus) — The owner of a tanker reported attacked today in the Mediterranean Sea has said there was no such incident. Petronav Ship Management said its tanker, Olvia , was not targeted as claimed by Yemen's Houthi militants. An attack in the Mediterranean would be a big step outside the Houthi's region of operations, which is limited to the area in and around the Bab el-Mandeb strait at the southern end of the Red Sea. The Houthis claimed two other attacks today in the Red Sea, on crude tanker Chios Lion and oil product tanker Bentley I . By Ben Winkley and Bob Wigin Send comments and request more information at feedback@argusmedia.com Copyright © 2024. Argus Media group . All rights reserved.

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