The global bunker fuel market grew at a CAGR of around 5% during 2014-2019. Bunker fuel, also known as a marine fuel, is a heavy, residual oil used to power the motors or engines of the marine fleet. It is obtained after extracting gasoline, diesel and other light hydrocarbons from crude oil during the fractional distillation in refineries. It is a viscous liquid with a characteristic odor that contains high sulfur content and can be reduced using different processes. The small quantity of lighter fuel, such as diesel, is also mixed to make it less thick.

Rapid globalization, along with the escalating demand for international seaborne trade, has increased export and import activities worldwide. This represents one of the major factors bolstering the market growth. Apart from this, the rising oil and gas exploration activities in deep offshore areas are acting as another major growth-inducing factor. Furthermore, as vessels have a large load-bearing capacity compared to other transportation modes, there is an increase in the demand for bunker oil to refuel vessels during sailing. Moreover, governments of several countries are focusing on strengthening geographical border security, which is increasing the number of naval fleets and contributing to the market growth. Besides this, with the growing environmental concerns, market players are investing in research and development (R&D) projects to develop clean, eco-friendly fuels. However, the market is currently experiencing negative growth due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and consequent lockdowns imposed by governments of several countries, which has restricted sea trade activities across the globe. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the global bunker fuel market to continue its moderate growth during the next five years.

Key Market Segmentation:
IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each sub-segment of the global bunker fuel market report, along with forecasts for growth at the global, regional and country level from 2020-2025. Our report has categorized the market based on region, fuel type, vessel type and seller.

Breakup by Fuel Type:

High Sulfur Fuel Oil (HSFO)
Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (VLSFO)
Marine Diesel Oil (MDO)
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Breakup by Vessel Type:

General Cargo
Bulk Carrier

Breakup by Seller:

Major Oil Companies
Leading Independent Sellers
Small Independent Sellers

Breakup by Region:

North America
United States
Asia Pacific
South Korea
United Kingdom
Latin America
Middle East and Africa

Competitive Landscape:
The report has also analysed the competitive landscape of the market with some of the key players being Bomin Bunker Holding GmbH & Co. KG (Marquard & Bahls AG), BP Plc, Chevron Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Gazprom Neft PJSC (Gazprom), LUKOIL, Neste Oyj, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), Royal Dutch Shell Plc and TOTAL S.A.

Key questions answered in this report:
How has the global bunker fuel market performed so far and how will it perform in the coming years?
What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the global bunker fuel market?
What are the key regional markets?
What is the breakup of the market based on the fuel type?
What is the breakup of the market based on the vessel type?
What is the breakup of the market based on the seller?
What are the various stages in the value chain of the industry?
What are the key driving factors and challenges in the industry?
What is the structure of the global bunker fuel market and who are the key players?
What is the degree of competition in the industry?