Singapore Bunker Sales Climb Up Despite Container Volumes Dip


The Port of Singapore saw a 1% drop in container volumes in the first half of 2020, but bunker sales were up 3.7% in the same period, reports Marcus Hand for Seatrade Maritime News.

Cargo volumes go down

Based on the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) figures, cargo volumes were down in the Southeast Asian hub port in the first half of the year, with shipping globally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The world’s largest container transhipment hub, and second largest box port overall, reported a container throughput of 17.84m teu in the first half of 2020, a 1% drop compared to 18.03m teu in the same period in 2019.
  • Overall cargo throughput at the port, including containers, conventional, oil and dry bulk cargoes saw 7.3% dip in the first half of 2020 to 292.40m tonnes compared to 315.43m tonnes in the same period a year earlier.

Largest refuelling port impacted

COVID-19 has hit cargo volumes and the world’s largest refuelling port reported higher bunker sales in the first half of the year, which coincided with the introduction of the IMO 2020 low sulphur fuel cap on 1 January 2020.

In the first half of 2020 24.58m tonnes of bunker fuel were sold in the Port of Singapore, up 3.7% on the 23.71m tonnes sold in the same period last year.

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Source: Seatrade Maritime News


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