Global demand falls on Covid-19 impact. File Image / Pixabay.
COVID-19 could mark an overall double digit drop in bunker demand, the director of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has said.
Unni Einemo, who was participating in the Platts APPEC 2020 online event, said that while some markets posted big falls in first half year sales compared to a year ago, other ports, such as Singapore, stood their ground, according to maritime news provider Lloyd's List.
Einemo suggested that Singapore's strong reputation as a safe place to bunker lent the Southeast Asian bunkering hub support during the downturn prompted by pandemic measures.
"Buyers are confident they will get the quality and quantity of bunkers they are after at Singapore," the IBIA director was quoted as saying.
However, global demand for bunker fuel over the year is likely to be down by from anywhere between 7% to 17%, Einemo told the conference.
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