Multiple Hours | Port of Rotterdam: “Almost impossible” to compare the bunker figures of 2021 with those of half a decade ago


It is “almost impossible” to compare the bunker figures for 2021 with those of five years ago, the Port of Rotterdam Authority pointed out on Friday January 21.

The organization noted that an increasing variety of bunker fuels are becoming available in the marine fuel market in 2021; where it also saw the introduction of methanol bunkering.

“For the first time, there was also a reason to count bio-blend fuels separately,” he says.

“LNG bunkering is on the rise, although this increase was briefly halted by price developments. In December, LNG saw its price increase by more than 300%.

“Hydrogen will have to wait a little longer, but the use of ammonia as a fuel looks set to come in three years, once the first seagoing vessels use it.

“The port is preparing for the safe bunkering of all these new shipping fuels.”

The main 2021 bunker figures recipes are shown below:

  • Strong growth in LNG compared to 2020: 188% increase to more than 0.6 million m3. Less than previous quarters in Q4, as already expected due to high gasoline prices.
  • Biofuels total more than 0.3 million tonnes. It is the combination of fossil bunkers and bio-components. We don’t know the exact mixing ratio. No figures are available for 2020.
  • All fuel oils combined (bio-blends and regular) up 3.7% compared to 2020 to 7.8 million tonnes
  • All distillates fell nearly 1.5% to 1.79 million tonnes

Note: Manifold Times readers can view quarterly bunker sales for the Port of Rotterdam at the link here.

Photo credit: Methanol Institute
Posted: January 24, 2022

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