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Urals Weakens Further in Baltic

Russian Urals crude differentials continued to slide in the Baltic on Thursday amid a flurry of activity with softer refining margins, pushed down by higher oil prices, still keeping buyers at bay.   In the Platts window, Statoil bought a 100,000-tonne cargo from Glencore for loadings on Oct. 18-22 in the Baltic at dated Brent minus $2 a barrel, some 20 cents weaker than on Wednesday, traders said.   Litasco, Total and Vitol have found no buyers with offers of minus $1.80, $1.75 and $1.85 to dated Brent correspondingly.   In the south, Litasco increased its bids for 80,000 and 140,000 cargoes to minus 95 cents and minus $1.20 to dated Brent respectively, without success.   The were no deals with both Azeri and CPC Blend in the Platts window.   Oil exports through the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline via Georgia and Turkey declined by 0.9 percent year-on year to 21.6 million tonnes in the first nine months of 2015 from 21.8 million tonnes in the same period a year ago, a source at Azeri state energy company SOCAR said on Thursday.   Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) and Swiss-based trading house Gunvor said on Thursday they had entered the final stage of talks on the sale of KPI's Europoort refinery in Rotterdam.   Goldman Sachs said a rally in oil prices would probably reverse as it had little fundamental support, and the bank reiterated its expectation that prices would likely remain "lower for longer."


“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


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


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.


Brent up to $61, First Monthly Gain Since July

Brent premium over U.S. crude widens to $12; China's implied oil demand set to grow 3 percent this year. Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday and Brent headed for its first monthly gain since July, helped by strong investor inflows, an improving demand outlook and supply outages. At 1148 GMT, Brent crude futures were up 92 cents at $60.97 a barrel, off an earlier high of $61.75. U.S. crude was up 78 cents at $48.95 a barrel. Both contracts tumbled on Thursday, with U.S


Med Crude-Urals Stronger in Med, Still Weak in Baltic

Russian Urals crude price differentials strengthened slightly on Tuesday in the Mediterranean while hovering near their weakest in 17 months in the Baltic due to abundant supplies.   In the Platts window, Glencore offered a Nov 13-17 Urals cargo in the Baltic at dated Brent minus $3.05 a barrel and Vitol a Nov 15-19 cargo at minus $2.80, but found no bidders as the asking prices were seen as too ambitious, 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.


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


Brent Crude Falls More than 7 Percent

Brent crude futures tumbled more than 7 percent on Tuesday, falling back below $50 a barrel as data highlighting China's contracting manufacturing sector revived concerns about global demand for petroleum.   Brent October crude was down $4 at $50.15 a barrel at 11:55 a.m. EDT (1555 GMT), just after falling as low as $49.72.     (Reporting by Robert Gibbons; Editing by David Gregorio)


Tug Launched for Suderman & Young at Eastern

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. launched the Escort Tug OCEANUS for Suderman & Young Towing Company on April 26, 2016. This series of Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) designed Z-Tech 2400 Class Terminal & Escort Tugs is currently under construction at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility


ALP's Long-range Oceangoing Tug Named ALP Striker

ALP Striker (Photo: ALP)

ALP Striker, named at a ceremony held named on May 13, 2016, is the first of four ultra-long distance towing and anchor handling vessels for ALP Maritime Services, each with a bollard pull of approximately 300 metric tons.   The vessels of the SX157 design are a part of the ALP


China Shipbuilding Plans Major Restructuring

Image: China Shipbuilding Industry Corp

 State-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corp (CSIC) is undertaking a major restructuring as it grapples with an industry downturn, and it will be the largest restructuring among China's State-owned shipbuilders, the Beijing Business Today reported.  


Master Marine Delivers Z-drive Towboat to Marquette

St. Bartholomew (Photo: Master Marine, Inc.)

Marquette Transportation Co. has taken delivery of a new 2,000-hp Z-drive towboat from Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala.   The 78' x 34’ x11' vessel, St. Bartholomew, was designed by Entech Designs, La. for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky.  


HCI Capital Acquires Ernst Russ GmbH

Schiff Courtesy HCI Capital

 HCI Capital AG acquires the long-established Hamburg shipping company Ernst Russ GmbH & Co. KG. The HCI Group, which early in 2016 already the majority of the shares of König & Cie. Group had taken, thus expanding again the controlled fleet and strengthen its maritime services


Great Lakes Shipyard Hires Skeeter as GM

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company announces the addition of Nikita Skeeter, a maritime professional with over 25 years of experience in shipbuilding and production management, as General Manager of Great Lakes Shipyard.   Skeeter’s management experience includes multiple


Crude Prices up 3% on Gasoline Rally, Weak Dollar

Crude oil prices rose about 3 percent on Tuesday on the back of a rally in the gasoline market and as a tumbling dollar boosted commodities denominated in the greenback after bets the Federal Reserve will hold U.S. interest rates where they are.  


Hanjin Shipping, Hyundai Merchant Merger Talks in Air

Photos: Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine

 A report in WSJ says that Hanjin Shipping Co has applied for a creditor-led debt restructuring to avoid bankruptcy, reviving talk of a possible merger with rival Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. (HMM).   It could be merged as a part of the government-led restructuring of ailing industries


Disabled Fishing Vessel Towed to Maine

Coast Guard Cutter Moray tows the fishing boat Paulo Marc after it became disabled east of Portland, Maine (USCG photo)

 The 60-foot fishing boat Paulo Marc was towed by the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Moray after the fishing vessel became disabled Wednesday about 90 miles east of Portland, Maine.   Watchstanders at Sector Northern New England’s command center received notification at


DNS Appoints Esson, Chief Executive

Roger Esso Photo DNS

Decom North Sea (DNS), the representative body for the offshore decommissioning industry, which promotes and facilitates collaboration and cost reduction, today appointed a new chief executive.   Roger Esson brings over 20 years’ highly relevant experience as DNS continues to play a


OMB - Subchapter M Cleared for Publication

File Image: an aerial view of a typical fleeting operation on Americas inland rivers (WCI)

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of the draft final rule entitled Inspection of Towing Vessels, also known as "Subchapter M." The document has been returned to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Coast Guard for final preparation prior to


Oil Turns Lower after US Crude Build

A bigger-than-expected build in U.S. crude inventories to fresh record highs pushed oil markets lower on Wednesday after an early rally over concerns about production cuts in Canada's oil sands region due to a wildfire.   U.S. crude stocks, which have been setting record highs since January


Norwegian Cruise Line, EMC Ink Internet Deal

Norwegian Breakaway Courtesy  Norwegian Cruise Line

EMC has entered a long-term strategic agreement with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to deliver a faster Internet experience and premium entertainment over satellite to meet the rising expectations of cruise passengers, with demands for home-like performance and content


ShipDC Launches with New Leader at the Helm

Image: ClassNK

Ship Data Center Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary set up by ClassNK, has officially commenced operations of its big data center, ShipDC, from April 2016. Taking the helm as Representative Director and President of the subsidiary is ClassNK’s Information Technology Department General


Cargo Vessel Collides with Tanker at Guangzhou Port

Image: Guangzhou Port Channel

 Inbound general cargo vessel Yan Zhan 58 collided with outbound tanker Zhen Peng during the evening of May 9 in Peral river estuary near buoy 48, Guangzhou Port Channel, Guangdong province, China.    The freighter struck the tanker, loaded with 2,290 tons of gasoline






 
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