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Intercontinental Exchange, Inc., a leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of data and listings services, today launched new Marine Fuel 0.5% futures contracts in advance of the implementation of the 0.5% sulphur cap by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2020.
ICEs new futures contracts will settle against the S&P Global Platts physical Marine Fuel 0.5% assessments. The IMO regulation limits sulphur emissions from shipping bunker fuel from January 2020, requiring ships to use fuel oil with a maximum sulphur content of 0.5% (mass/mass) outside designated emission control areas.
The new contracts are as follows:
Fuel Oil Outright - Marine Fuel 0.5% FOB Rotterdam Barges (Platts) Future
Fuel Oil Outright - Marine Fuel 0.5% FOB Singapore (Platts) Future
Fuel Oil Diff - Marine Fuel 0.5% FOB Rotterdam Barges (Platts) vs 3.5% FOB Rotterdam Barges (Platts) Future
Fuel Oil Diff - Marine Fuel 0.5% FOB Singapore (Platts) Future vs 380 CST Singapore (Platts) Future
Fuel Oil Outright - Marine Fuel 0.5% FOB USGC Barges (Platts) Future
Fuel Oil Diff - Marine Fuel 0.5% FOB USGC Barges (Platts) vs USGC HSFO (Platts) Future
We are launching these contracts in response to demand from our customers for Marine Fuel 0.5% specific derivative contracts. The contracts will allow participants around the world to manage changing shipping and refining economics, hedge forward, and restructure positions, said Jeff Barbuto, ICEs Global Head of Oil Sales and Business Development. The contracts will operate alongside ICEs benchmark Low Sulphur Gasoil, fuel oil and LNG markets, providing customers with a range of hedging tools to assist with the transition to the new regulations in 2020.
ICE Low Sulphur Gasoil is the key global refined oil benchmark. Gasoil futures and options volume grew 10% in 2018 versus 2017, while Open Interest reached a record 1.15 million lots in September 2018. The contract has become the go-to price marker for the middle part of the refined barrel and the worlds leading middle distillate benchmark. ICE Low Sulphur Gasoil is an important and efficient hedging and trading mechanism, providing market participants with access to a range of products in a single contract and plays the same role for middle distillate oil that ICE Brent Crude plays for the crude oil market.
Half of the worlds crude and refined oil futures are traded on ICEs markets, including futures and options on the global benchmark ICE Brent, the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude, ICE Permian WTI, the Asian benchmark Platts Dubai crude, Heating Oil and RBOB Gasoline, as well as more than 500 additional grades and oil products.
ICE is home to a global natural gas complex. This includes ICE JKM LNG (Platts), one of the fastest growing natural gas benchmarks and the most liquid Asian natural gas benchmark. ICE offers the broadest range of natural gas benchmarks across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.