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“Old Ship” Fears Drive Tanker Markets Higher

North Sea crude markets held steady mid last week, as a combination of high freight rates and absences at industry functions subdued trade. Dated Brent was assessed near last deal done at April Brent +95 cts, with Brent CFD swaps for this week also in that area. Next weeks CFDs are seen around April Brent +90 cts. Institute of Petroleum week in London is keeping trade to a minimum, as are high freight rates caused by an exodus of older vessels out of Europe in the wake of the Erika spillage off France. Worldscale rate increases of up to 45 percent for North Sea trading Aframax tankers to W200 have been confirmed this week as big oil companies are not prepared to take the risk of chartering old ships. West African crude differentials were steady to lower amid very thin trade. Late last Monday, a Qua Iboe cargo for March 9-10 dates was sold at 32 cents under dated Brent, some 10 cents lower than Monday's assessments.


Med Crude-CPC Blend Under Pressure, Saudi OSPs Awaited

Russian Urals prices were steady on Tuesday as the market awaited Saudi Aramco's official selling prices for April, while Kazakh CPC Blend remained under pressure on ample supplies. There was no activity in the Platts window. Kazakh CPC Blend remained weak with buying interest coming at discounts to dated Brent while sellers offered over dated Brent plus 10 cents cif Augusta, above Monday's low deal, traders said.


Oil Averages $18 In 1999

Oil Averages $18 In 1999 Oil prices in 1999 posted a 35 percent increase on average over 1998, in a triumph of output restraints by exporter group OPEC and key ally Mexico. International benchmark Brent blend for the year was averaging $18 a barrel near the close of business on the last trading day of the year. Brent averaged just $13.34 a barrel in 1998, the lowest in 22 years, when prices slumped amid global surplus caused by excess output and shrinking demand in collapsing Asian economies


London Brent Futures Set New High

London IPE Brent oil futures set a new 22-month high of $21.30 a barrel in early trade today, jumping 54 cents from Friday's close. Dealers said a renewed pledge by leading exporters to retain tight curbs on exports was behind the price rise.


Puerto Rico Towing Receives Tug "HANDY THREE"

Jensen Maritime designed Tug Handy-Three

Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co. is expanding the size of its tugboat fleet with the addition of the newly constructed Handy-Three which arrived in San Juan Thursday morning.   Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co., a subsidiary of The Great Lakes Group, is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has been providing vessel assistance and towing services to commercial vessels and barges in San Juan Harbor, other Inland Ports, and ports throughout the Caribbean for over 15 years


North Sea Forties Up, VLCC at Hound Point

North Sea Forties crude differentials edged higher in quiet trade on Thursday as dealers eyed a potential VLCC shipment to South Korea and lower supplies next month. The BW Utah VLCC has docked near to the Hound Point loading terminal at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, ship tracking data showed, and is expected to load a cargo of crude to South Korea, traders said. There were no deals, but ENI increased its bid for a cargo of Forties for loading in late April to dated Brent plus 15


Controversial Brent Spar Disposal Costs Soar

Shell U.K. Exploration and Production said the final cost of a four-year project to decommission its controversial Brent Spar oil buoy had risen sharply. At a feedback seminar marking the effective completion of Brent Spar's conversion into a quay on the Norwegian coast, Shell officials also said that instead of resulting in a projected net gain in energy the project resulted in a net energy deficit. "Throughout the dismantling process we were faced with unexpected technical


U.S. Crude Surges on Weak Dollar, Ukraine Concerns

Global oil prices surged on Tuesday as a weaker U.S. dollar boosted buying, while expectations for bullish inventory reports in the U.S. and fresh unrest in eastern Ukraine lent support. As the U.S. dollar plunged to session lows against the Japanese yen and the euro, U.S. crude oil spiked $2 to a session high of $102.44 per barrel. Brent rose as much as $1.48 to a session high of $107.30 per barrel. A weaker U.S


Brent drops towards $107 on better supply outlook

 Brent futures eased towards $107 a barrel on Friday as the global supply outlook improved with more Libyan supplies expected to reach the market, although growing tension between the West and Russia over Ukraine put a floor under prices.   Oil prices also came under pressure as producer-group OPEC said it sees lower demand for its oil this year, highlighting concerns over the economy and competition from rival producers


North Sea: Potential VLCC Moves to South Korea

North Sea Forties crude differentials were unchanged on Wednesday in very quiet pre-Easter trade, with dealers still watching two potential VLCC shipments to Asia and the stuttering return of Libyan oil supplies. A strong early rally in flat-price Brent futures also kept traders on the sidelines, market sources said, with the new front-month contract for June delivery rising above $110 a barrel for the first time since early March as tensions in Ukraine rose.


North Sea Traders Eye VLCCs to Asia, Libya Caps

Fawley refinery (photo courtesy Exxon Mobil)

North Sea Forties crude differentials firmed on Tuesday as traders eyed two potential VLCC shipments to Asia, though gains were capped as the first cargo of Libyan crude was set to load since a deal with rebels to reopen ports. Traders have been watching the progress of two VLCCs - the BW Utah


Med Urals Market Awaits Short May Loading Schedule

Activity in the Russian Urals crude market froze on Tuesday as traders said they were awaiting the first loading dates for May for signs of how much supplies from the world's top oil producer could fall next month. Traders said they anticipated lower exports from Russia in May as several major


Tug on the Rocks, Lake Pontchartrain, Three Rescued

Tugboat UTV Todd Michael: USCG photo

US Coast Guard 8th District says that it has rescued 3 crewmembers aboard the (uninspected) tugboat 'UTV Todd Michael' after it grounded on the rocks near the Lakefront Airport on Lake Pontchartrain. [The vessel towed appeared to be drifting nearby.]


North Sea Crude-Forties eases, VLCC options narrow

Forties trades at parity with dated Brent; Competing Libyan barrels returning to market. Refining margins under pressure as capacity ramps up. North Sea Forties crude differentials eased on Thursday as the market remained sluggish ahead of the long Easter weekend and the window of opportunity


Navios Logistics Offers Cash Tender, Consent Solicitation

Photo: Navios South American Logistics Inc.

Navios South American Logistics Inc. announced today that it and Navios Logistics Finance (U.S.) Inc., its wholly-owned finance subsidiary, have commenced a cash tender offer for any and all of their outstanding 9 1/4% senior notes due 2019 and a consent solicitation to eliminate or modify most of


North Sea Crude-Forties up on Lower May Supplies

North Sea Forties crude differentials rose on Wednesday as traders pointed to lower supplies in May, and rumours of possible shipments to South Korea. The May loading programme is down 13 percent month-on-month, offering support to prices


Baltic Med Crude-Urals Weakens, Opens Arb Options

Russian Urals crude weakened in the Baltic on Wednesday due to a number of unsold cargoes while Kazakh CPC continued to strengthen due to a lack of sweet barrels. In the Platts window, Trafigura bought a cargo of Urals from Eni at dated Brent minus $1


Brent crude eases toward $107, eyes on Libya

China exports fall for 2nd straight month in March, while U.S. crude stocks rise, at a record on the Gulf coast (EIA). Libya's oil guards take control of Hariga port, Zueitina pending and OPEC sees lower demand for its crude in 2014. Separately, Brent to fall to $107.17.


Med Crude Urals Weaken on April Cargo Overhang

Russian Urals crude weakened on Thursday in a flurry of deals as traders rushed to place end-of-April cargos. Eni sold a cargo of Urals to Total in the Baltic at dated Brent minus $1.50 for April 20-24 delivery, some 20 cents weaker than previous price estimates


USCG Responds to Sailing Vessel Allision

Coast Guard Station Mayport crewmembers responded to a report of a sailing vessel that allided with the Main Street Bridge Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla., in the St. Johns River. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center were notified of the incident at approximately


ALP Tugs Get Rolls-Royce Deck Equipment

©Ulstein Design & Solutions

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £19m contract to deliver deck machinery for four ocean going tugs, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, for Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels will be constructed in Japan by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair.


Two Refiners to Load Oil at Libya's Hariga Port

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Barely a day after Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) lifted force majeure at Hariga port, two refiners are already preparing to pick up Sarir crude from storage over the next two weeks, trading and shipping sources said on Friday.   The Aegean Dignity is on subjects - meaning final


Ultra Deepwater Rig Towed 11,500 Miles

Image Courtesy Fairmount

Fairmount Marine towed Sevan Louisiana to Curaçao Tug Fairmount Sherpa towed rig Sevan Louisiana safely from Singapore to Curaçao. During the 11,500 miles voyage via Cape of Good Hope, stops were made in Port Louis (Mauritius)


Europe Gasoline Cracks Strong on US Demand

Gasoline prompt cracks in northwest Europe slipped on Monday but remained at eight-month-highs supported by strong demand from the United States, where inventories are low and refinery maintenance has curbed supply. Stocks on the U.S. East Coast, a major export destination for European gasoline


Rolls-Royce to supply machinery for 4 tugs for ALP Maritime Services

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £19m contract to deliver deck machinery for four ocean going tugs, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, for Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels will be constructed in Japan by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair.


 
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