VLSFO prices at Houston are starting to look more attractive. Image Credit: File Image / Pixabay
Houston has lost its place as the most expensive of the top four bunkering hubs for very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO), according to Ship & Bunker pricing.
Houston's VLSFO prices overtook Singapore and Fujairah on Feburary 21, and rose to a premium of as much as $51.50/mt by March 10.
Houston has now declined to the second-cheapest of the top four, with Rotterdam still below the Texan hub; VLSFO at Houston was at a $33.50/mt discount to Fujairah's levels by Tuesday.
The move may reflect a decline in port activity in the US Gulf as the intensity of the COVID-19 pandemic increases in the US while declining in Asia.
The crude price collapse since early March has delivered a sharp decline in crack spreads for VLSFO across the world, as well as a narrower spread between VLSFO and high sulfur fuel oil.