Register with us today

and in less than 60 seconds continue your access to:Latest news headlinesAnalytical topics and featuresCommodities videos, podcast & blogsSample market prices & dataSpecial reportsSubscriber notes & daily commodity email alerts

Already have an account?

Log in to register

Forgot Password

Please Note: Platts Market Center subscribers can only reset passwords via the Platts Market Center

Enter your Email ID below and we will send you an email with your password.

  • Email Address* Please enter email address.

If you are a premium subscriber, we are unable to send you your password for security reasons. Please contact the Client Services team.

If you are a Platts Market Center subscriber, to reset your password go to the Platts Market Center to reset your password.

SUBSCRIBER NOTE: Platts to discontinue USAC low sulfur heating oil Sept 1

Platts to discontinue USAC low sulfur heating oil assessments on Sept 1

S&P Global Platts will discontinue its US Atlantic Coast barge assessments for low sulfur heating oil, effective September 1, 2020. Platts will not discontinue the USAC No. 2 gasoil barge assessment, based on market feedback.

This decision follows a February 20 proposal to discontinue both assessments, which can be found here:

Spot liquidity has decreased significantly for high sulfur distillate in recent years, particularly since July 1, 2018, when New England moved to a maximum 15 ppm sulfur for home use. The region is the largest heating oil consumer in the US, as most other areas of the country use natural gas, electricity or propane for home heating. Pennsylvania is the last USAC market to use LSHO, but a new regulation passed late in 2019 will move the state to ULSHO on September 1, 2020.

The affected assessments are as follows:


LS Heating Oil barge FOB NYH AAXPY00

LS Heating Oil barge FOB NYH vs NYMEX ULSD ADIAP00

Conversely, reported spot liquidity for 77 grade heating oil, which is reflected in Platts USAC No. 2 gasoil barge assessment, has increased in recent months. This has partly reflected greater demand from the marine fuel sector as low sulfur fuel oil use has grown.

These prices appeared on Platts Global Alert page 430, 482, in Platts US Marketscan and Platts Oilgram Price Report, and in the Platts price database.

Please send any feedback to and

For written comments, please provide a clear indication if comments are not intended for publication by Platts for public viewing. Platts will consider all comments received and will make comments not marked as confidential available upon request.