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Some 3,742,300 metric tonnes (mt) of bunker fuel were sold in the Port of Singapore last month – 12.1% down on the 4,256,500 mt registered in April 2021.

Last month’s total was also the second-lowest monthly total of 2022 after the 3,501,600 mt of bunker sales recorded in February.

As previously reported, in March, reports of a bunker contamination crisis began to surface – and by mid-April, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) estimated that the affected marine fuel had been supplied to around 200 ships of which 80 reported various issues with their fuel pumps and engines.

Earlier this month, the MPA determined that the fuel – which was supplied by Glencore - had been loaded at the Port of Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The extent to which the episode has impacted confidence in the Singapore marine fuels market remains to be fully seen, nevertheless sales of HSFO saw a month-on-month (m-o-m) decrease. Marine fuel oil (MFO) 380 cSt fell from 962,600 mt in March to 914,500 mt in April while MFO 500 cSt sales plummeted from 124,900 mt to 27,200 mt.

Despite the drop off in HSFO sales, low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) sales held firm. Sales of LSFO 380 cSt rose from 1,741,700 mt in March to 1,832,600 mt in April. Likewise, LSFO 180 cSt sales increased from 100,600 mt to 111,600 mt. Sales of LSFO 100 cSt saw a marginal decrease, from 555,100 mt in March to 533,000 mt in April.

Elsewhere, low sulphur marine gasoil sales rose 2.5% on the month to 278,600 mt.

The total amount of marine fuel sold during the first four months of the year at the Port of Singapore stands at 15,047,400 mt – 11.9% down on the 17,078,900 mt of bunker sales registered during the same period in 2021.

Calls for bunkers at the Port of Singapore rose marginally, from 3,020 in March to 3,025 in April.

Total vessels calls rose from 7,207 in March to 7,608 in April.

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