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Updated to Q4 2014
Refining margins for fuel oil remained in the red despite a steep fall in upstream ICE Brent crude oil futures.
Amendments to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marpol and European Commission’s sulphur directive mandate a maximum sulphur use of 0.1% in bunker fuel from 1 January 2015.
The new regulation will become effective in the “emission controlled area” (ECA) of the Baltic Sea, North Sea, English Channel and waters 200 nautical miles from the coast of the US and Canada.
Low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) with 1% sulphur content – the grade being replaced – stopped trading in the European open market in early November, almost two months ahead of the New Year.
Some of the shipping industry’s biggest companies have come together to prevent fraud in meeting the costly new sulphur regulations in order to avoid unfair competition.
Marine gasoil with 0.1% sulphur – the most viable alternative shipping fuel – is approximately $300/tonne more expensive than 1% LSFO, placing shippers in an economic quandary.
But Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS), a fuel quality inspection firm, believes marine gasoil would be the only option for most vessels in the beginning of next year, despite a rise in new hybrid fuels.
Many oil companies, including Shell, ExxonMobil and Lukoil, have jumped on the bandwagon to produce a new grade of ultra low sulphur fuel oil (ULSFO) with 0.1% sulphur and other hybrid fuels forecasted to sell up to $150/tonne cheaper than marine gasoil.
Meanwhile, high-sulphur fuel oil with a 3.5% sulphur content continues to trade in the open platform as the grade is only used as a bunker fuel outside the ECA.
Updated to Q2 2015
Refining margins for fuel oil remained in the red as upstream ICE Brent crude oil futures inched up slightly.
This has not prevented refineries from producing healthy amounts of fuel oil with sulphur content of 3.5%, and supply was abundant in the second quarter. Most of it was being shipped to Singapore for use as bunker fuel.
High-sulphur fuel oil with a 3.5% sulphur content continues to trade in the open platform as the grade is only used as bunker fuel outside the ECA.
Amendments to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marpol and European Commission’s sulphur directive mandated a maximum sulphur use of 0.1% in bunker fuel from 1 January 2015.
The new regulation has become effective in the “emission controlled area” (ECA) of the Baltic Sea, North Sea, English Channel and waters 200 nautical miles from the coast of US and Canada.
This had meant low-sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) with 1% sulphur content – the grade being replaced – stopped trading in the European open market in early November, almost two months ahead of the new year. The grade is now being traded over the counter and in small quantities in the Mediterranean.
Marine gasoil with 0.1% sulphur – the most viable alternative shipping fuel – is approximately $300/tonne more expensive than 1% LSFO.
Despite the higher cost many shipping companies have shifted to using marine gasoil as bunker fuel in the ECA region.
Many oil companies, including Shell, Exxon and Lukoil, have also jumped on the wagon to produce a new grade of ultra low sulphur fuel oil (ULSFO) with 0.1% sulphur and other hybrid fuels forecasted to sell up to $150/tonne cheaper than marine gasoil.
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