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First 0.5%/3.5% FOB Rotterdam barge marine fuel futures trades on ICE

London — Futures contracts settling against Platts FOB Rotterdam Marine Fuel 0.5% barge assessments traded for the first time Tuesday morning on the Intercontinental Exchange, following Tuesday's launch of ICE's futures contracts.

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One lot, equivalent to a 1,000 mt contract, of Calendar 2020 Marine 0.5% FOB Rotterdam barge/3.5% FOB Rotterdam barge traded at $160/mt, the first trade following the launch of ICE's 0.5% Marine fuel contracts Tuesday.

Three lots, equivalent to three 1,000 mt contracts, of ICE's Calendar 2020 Marine 0.5% FOB Rotterdam barge (Platts)/3.5% FOB Rotterdam barges (Platts) were offered on the exchange at $170/mt, $175/mt and $195/mt. One lot for the December 2019 contract for Marine 0.5% FOB Rotterdam barge/3.5% FOB Rotterdam barge was also offered at $175/mt.

"It's a start, a bit rich maybe," a broker said.

The first 0.5% futures contract trade occurred on January 31 on CME for 10 lots of Mini Singapore FOB Marine Fuel 0.5% (Platts) Futures for December 2019 and was reported at $500/mt. The contract was likely a spread trade against 10 lots of Mini Singapore Fuel Oil 380 CST (Platts) December Futures reported at $320/mt at the same time.

"Everyone is watching the launch on 0.5% futures on ICE, everyone is watching this intensively," Michael Poulsen, senior oil risk manager at Global Risk Management, told S&P Global Platts Tuesday.

Platts launched the Marine Fuel 0.5% cargo assessments at key ports globally January 2.

-- Eleni Pittalis, eleni.pittalis@spglobal.com

-- Sarah-Jane Flaws, sarahjane.flaws@spglobal.com

-- Solomon Lanitis, solomon.lanitis@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Jonathan Fox, jonathan.fox@spglobal.com

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