Through our bunker procurement, pricing and analytics platform, we have unique visibility of actual and indicative pricing, product requirements, availability and completed transactions across the market. By aggregating this anonymized data, coupled with over a decade of historical data, we can provide insight into market activity, current trends and commentary on potential future outcomes. 

ClearLynx Market Insights brings you the latest thoughts and findings from our team based on real data.

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31 March 2021

Digitalization of the Bunker Market

On the heels of some recent announcements regarding new technology projects in the bunker market, ClearLynx wanted to reinforce how its software-as-a-service (SAAS) model can help benefit a company looking to make the jump into the digital world

Tags: Bunker Procurement, Reporting & Business Intelligence, Planning

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11 March 2021

Trader Margins Dec20 - Feb21

ClearLynx had previously looked at Trader Margins from Sept - Nov 2020 and found that traders were outperforming direct deals in some of the main bunker hubs. 

This study provides an update on the current margins spanning Dec 2020 - Feb 2021 and how they differ from what the previous study concluded

Tags: Pricing & Analytics, Bunker Procurement, Reporting & Business Intelligence

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17 February 2021

Early 2021 Price Movement

With oil prices seeing sustained gains for 9 straight days at one point last week, something not seen in two years, ClearLynx wanted to provide a snapshot of the market so far in 2021. 

This study looks at crude movement so far this year and how it compares to the same period last year, an update on price movement the last 3 months, a comparison of grade distribution from January 2020 vs 2021, and what the current split may say about spreads between HSFO/LSFO & LSFO/LSMGO. 

Tags: Pricing & Analytics, Bunker Procurement, Reporting & Business Intelligence

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3 February 2021

Value of Voyage Optimization

Rising prices of all petroleum grades have had a major impact on fuel spend over the course of the last 4 months, and with prices only expected to rise ClearLynx has one question to pose: Could your fuel spend have been minimized?

The use of bunker planning software helps make decisions on where and when to buy, but also how much to buy. The tank inventory management coupled with increased data flow to all parties give bunker optimization software incredible ROI when compared to other spend item like samples and surveys

Tags: Planning

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6 January 2021

2020 Market Review

With 2020 now in the rearview mirror, ClearLynx performed a study looking back at the 2020 bunker market. The study includes a look at:

  • Grade distribution comparing 2019 bunker lifts to 2020,
  • HSFO / LSFO spread and price trend by month,
  • Additional Q4 breakdown of Fujairah, Houston, Rotterdam, & Singapore to showcase widening spread,
  • Look into Singapore pricing volatility and stem size breakdown YOY,
  • Prediction for 2021 VLSFO prices

Tags: Pricing & Analytics, Bunker Procurement, Reporting, Business Intelligence

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10 December 2020

Bunker Price Benchmarking - Turning Insight into Action

Is your company benchmarking to peers? If not, they are only performing half the exercise.

 As shown below there can be a 2-3% spread amongst the very best buyers on a given day. Peer performance gives owners a deeper level of price performance as they may be outperforming a price index, but underperforming their peers. 

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2 December 2020

Does Supplier Fragmentation Help Owners?

ClearLynx performed a study to look at the impact supplier fragmentation may have on owners. Our study began in the Far East looking at China, Hong Kong, & Singapore. 

The study focused on price competitiveness between the largest suppliers and those medium to small suppliers in each port.

Tags: Bunker Procurement, Supply

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18 November 2020

The Importance of Proper Stem Timing in Rising & Falling Markets

In the past month there have been two major bunker price swings. The first occurring with prices falling $10-$30 mt from Oct16 - Nov2, and the second swing occurring between Nov2 - Nov11 with prices rising as much as $50 mt in some ports.

Given the current market volatility, ClearLynx took a look at the impact of stem timing and how crucial it is to strong price performance.  

Tags: Pricing & Analytics, Bunker Procurement, Planning

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12 November 2020

Are Traders & Brokers Good for You?

ClearLynx performed a study looking at the trader margins in key bunkering hubs ARA (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp), Fujairah, Gibraltar, & Singapore. Our findings, dating back to September, have found that traders are outperforming physicals (direct) deals in these ports with the top grade, VLSFO. Details and graphics inside. 

Tags: Bunker Procurement, Reporting, Business Intelligence

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4 November 2020

Singapore is No Longer an MTD Port

Based on data from October 2020 ClearLynx performed a study of the MTW / MTD breakdown in Singapore. Our key effects to consider:

  • Price: Price performance benchmarking
  • Choice: Many suppliers quote MTD. Be aware of who is quoting what price type.
  • Volume: As MTW is dependent on volume, the volume you plan matters. Batch and bulk purchases to avoid high barge premiums. Be aware of barging thresholds as one MT short can carry a $1500 - $2000 barging difference.

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28 October 2020

Methanol & LNG Support Decarboniation in the Shipping Industry

LNG and Methanol are two alternate fuels that have passed many international legislation hurdles and are now part of many global projects. Two critical factors to its adoption will be price and availability.

ClearLynx took a look at how the price of LNG and Methanol has stood up against the cost of the 3 main grades of bunker fuel, HSFO, VLSFO, & LSMGO so far in 2020. We broke our study down into four main graphs: World, Asia, Europe, & North America. Our findings and methodology can be found by following the button below.

Tags: Pricing & Analytics

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14 October 2020

ISO Standard 2017: Is price premium or availability affecting its adoption

The latest ISO Standard, ISO 2017, follows previous standards dated 2005, 2010, and 2012 each including finer differences and improvements that have been introduced as an outcome of new fuels and regulations. One assumption was that these changes would cost more to source and blend and as a result ISO 2017 would carry a premium over its predecessors

We tested this assumption based on the largest port, Singapore, using our ClearLynx price index and transactional volume for September (about 13% of annual Singapore demand) our takeaways inside.

Tags: Pricing & Analytics, Bunker Procurement, Reporting, Business Intelligence

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7 October 2020

Market Pulse - A look at bunker spreads

As we enter into the final quarter of 2020, ClearLynx took a look at some of the current trends playing out in market from September to October. 

In particular, there have been some interesting trends in relation to the distribution of lift percentage of the three main grades, HSFO, VLSFO & LSMGO. These changes in lift patterns have coincided with an increase in the HSFO/VLSFO spread, while the spread between VLSFO and LSMGO got smaller. Our findings inside. 

Tags: Pricing & Analytics

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30 September 2020

Time Bars

In today's market, many bunker suppliers are imposing strict terms which can vary from 7- 30 days, with stringent procedural steps to be followed by the buyer. 

Some buyers run into issues around tank configuration, delayed fuel tests, control over fuel consumption, etc. that causes their time bar to expire before a claim can be put in.

To help with this, ClearLynx will be adding a new view to make buyers more aware of their time bar.

Tags: Bunker Procurement

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23 September 2020

Fuel Quality Reporting

The importance of voyage planning cannot be overstated, and with the help of ClearLynx's optimization & planning you can start making more informed bunker decisions right away!

Now you can easily see current spot bunker prices within the voyage map, which with AIS includes current vessel position. The price map, combined with our bunker inventory monitor will help operators focus on two key elements: port and stems volume. 

Tags: Reporting, Business Intelligence, Supply

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16 September 2020

Forward Voyage Planning

The importance of voyage planning cannot be overstated, and with the help of ClearLynx's optimization & planning you can start making more informed bunker decisions right away!

Now you can easily see current spot bunker prices within the voyage map, which with AIS includes current vessel position. The price map, combined with our bunker inventory monitor will help operators focus on two key elements: port and stems volume. 

Tags: Planning

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9 September 2020

MACD

MACD is a stock technical trading indicator that has proven to have an application in bunker fuel planning as current market prices can change 1-5% ($3-$15 mt) every day/week.

Forecasting 3- 15 days forward has become an essential part of the planning phase for buyers. Clearlynx recognized this and built two momentum indicators within its Price app – RSI and MACD. We recently added a new tab to our pricing screen, “MACD Movers.” The design on-screen gives easy access, revealing daily alerts on changes in strength, direction, momentum, and price trends.

Tags: Pricing & Analytics

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2 September 2020

Competitive Price Benchmarking

Benchmarking is a critical tool in gauging how your procurement teams performs against competitors and peers. It has two vital components, internal and external. Each company and its buyers have different buying styles or skill sets, & we understand many circumstances are unique to each order.

Tags: Pricing & Analytics, Reporting, Business Intelligence

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