Singapore Bunker Sales Rise And Vessel Calls Reach Two-year Highs

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Singapore bunker sales rebound in March; vessel calls hit more than two-year highs, states a Reuters news report.

Sales of marine fuel

Sales of marine fuel, also known as bunker fuel, recovered at top refuelling hub Singapore in March as vessel calls for bunkering reached more than two-year highs, official data showed Friday.

Bunker sales are an indicator of sentiment at one of the world’s most major ports and demand also affects fuel oil refining margins in Asia.

Singapore’s bunker sales in March rose to 4.18 million tonnes, up 10% month on month and 11% from a year earlier, Maritime and Port Authority data showed.

The rise reflected increasing vessel calls for bunkering, which hit more than two-year highs at 3,476 calls in March.

Demand improved after a lacklustre February, when sales hit eight-month lows.

Lower upstream crude oil prices in March, which led to lower outright prices for bunkers, encouraged slightly more buying inquiries, trade sources said.

Volumes rose in March for all key bunker grades, including low-sulphur fuel oil, high-sulphur fuel oil and marine gasoil.

Bunker sales of LSFO grades totalled 2.58 million tonnes, up 10% month on month, the data showed.

Sales of HSFO grades totalled 1.24 million tonnes, up 11% from February while marine gasoil sales rose 9% to 330,200 tonnes.

Singapore bunker sales and bunker vessel calls by month:

Month
Total Sales (‘000 tonnes)
M-o-M
Y-o-Y
Vessel Arrivals (for bunkering)
M-o-M
Y-o-Y
Jan-22
4,033.40
-3.5%
-10.4%
3,115
-0.9%
-13.3%
Feb-22
3,501.60
-13.2%
-15.0%
2,805
-10.0%
-13.4%
Mar-22
3,770.10
7.7%
-10.2%
3,020
7.7%
-12.7%
Apr-22
3,742.30
-0.7%
-12.1%
3,025
0.2%
-12.5%
May-22
4,115.50
10.0%
1.1%
3,168
4.7%
-5.4%
Jun-22
3,754.10
-8.8%
-8.7%
2,940
-7.2%
-9.3%
Jul-22
4,120.60
9.8%
1.4%
3,181
8.2%
-3.4%
Aug-22
4,116.30
-0.1%
1.1%
3,212
1.0%
0.7%
Sep-22
3,967.60
-3.6%
0.8%
3,155
-1.8%
1.8%
Oct-22
4,251.00
7.1%
-0.1%
3,431
8.7%
8.4%
Nov-22
4,372.70
2.9%
3.6%
3,299
-3.8%
2.7%
Dec-22
4,214.90
-3.6%
0.9%
3,311
0.4%
5.3%
Jan-23
4,376.90
3.8%
8.5%
3,447
4.1%
10.7%
Feb-23
3,794.30
-13.3%
8.4%
3,063
-11.1%
9.2%
Mar-23*
4,175.30
10.0%
10.7%
3,476
13.5%
15.1%

Monthly bunker sales by grade in ‘000 tonnes:

Month
LSFO 100 cst
LSFO 180 cst
LSFO 380 cst
MFO 180 cst
MFO 380 cst
MFO 500 cst
MGO
LSMGO
Others
Jan-22
460.10
93.00
2007.90
0.10
1036.70
85.60
13.80
336.10
0.00
Feb-22
459.60
93.80
1733.10
0.20
795.90
128.10
10.60
280.50
0.00
Mar-22
555.10
100.60
1741.70
0.00
962.60
124.90
9.70
271.80
3.70
Apr-22
533.00
111.60
1832.60
0.00
914.50
27.20
7.90
278.60
36.70
May-22
540.20
103.30
1995.60
0.00
999.90
72.30
5.80
375.80
22.60
Jun-22
382.10
90.40
1881.00
0.00
1045.90
47.40
6.90
272.70
27.60
Jul-22
439.10
57.30
2009.10
0.00
1255.30
12.00
13.70
313.80
20.30
Aug-22
397.10
53.90
2059.50
0.00
1227.50
2.90
11.30
330.40
32.60
Sep-22
461.20
67.90
1944.40
0.00
1114.20
1.30
6.30
329.40
42.80
Oct-22
363.70
68.40
2154.30
0.00
1309.70
1.60
11.10
305.10
37.10
Nov-22
697.60
61.20
1992.90
0.00
1237.20
12.20
22.80
307.80
40.90
Dec-22
372.30
73.70
2150.30
0.00
1265.80
0.00
20.60
285.60
46.60
Jan-23
429.40
73.60
2298.30
0.00
1226.10
0.00
10.80
313.70
25.00
Feb-23
346.44
63.47
1938.52
0.00
1105.58
3.69
6.21
297.02
33.41
Mar-23*
539.10
75.10
1960.50
0.10
1235.20
0.50
14.70
315.50
32.20

 

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Source: Reuters