VLSFO Cash Differential Ends Week In Discount

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Asia’s cash differential for very-low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) closed the trading week in a discount to Singapore quotes on Friday as bearish fundamentals weighed, says an article published on Hellenicshippingnew.

Product’s front-month crack

Spot 0.5% VLSFO MFO05-SIN-DIF was pegged at a discount of 45 cents per metric ton, though the product’s front-month crack LFO05SGDUBCMc1 rebounded slightly day-on-day at a premium of $8.41 a barrel.

Meanwhile, cash differential for 380-cst high sulphur fuel oil FO380-SIN-DIF was pegged at a premium of $13.25 a ton, while front-month crack FO380DUBCKMc1 edged higher to a discount of $6.87 a barrel on Friday.

The premium for 0.5% VLSFO over 380-cst HSFO, also known as the Hi-5 spread, crunched by 9% in the month so far, based on Refinitiv data. The front-month Hi-5 spread closed at $97 a ton at Friday’s Asia close.


Bunker sales fell to four-month lows in Singapore in June, though bio-blended bunker sales for the first half of 2023 have surpassed 2022 volumes, official data showed on Friday.

Bunker sales at Singapore totalled 3.93 million metric tons in June, down 13.1% month-on-month, though 4.7% higher year-on-year, Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) data showed.

Meanwhile, sales of bio-blended low-sulphur fuel oil totalled 189,500 metric tons for the first half of 2023, exceeding a total of 140,200 metric tons seen for the whole of 2022, based on the latest data.


Inventories at ARA dipped 0.4% at 1.39 million tons in the week to July 13, latest data from Dutch consultancy Insights Global showed.

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Source: Hellenicshippingnews