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Crude Oil Prices Falls

Crude oil prices fell after reports indicated that a Caribbean tropical storm likely won't induce heavy damages like Hurricane Katrina, which ripped into Gulf of Mexico platforms and refineries a year ago. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, tropical storm Ernesto weakened as it swept over Haiti and carried sustained winds of about 50 miles per hour, less than a third of Katrina's 170 miles per hour winds that tore oil and gas platforms off their moorings. Crude oil for October delivery fell $1.27, or 1.75 percent, to $71.24 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange in Paris. Oil reached $73.75 a barrel on August 25, on concern Ernesto would disrupt output at the Gulf of Mexico, source of a quarter of U.S. oil production. ConocoPhillips, BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc evacuated non-essential personnel from sites at the Gulf due to the impending storm. In London, Brent crude oil for October settlement fell $1.04, or 1.4 percent, to $71.68. (Source: Bloomberg)


U.S. Federal Court Bars OPEC From Price Fixing

A U.S. federal court reportedly has granted a one-year injunction barring oil producer group OPEC from fixing prices. Prewitt Enterprises won a civil anti-trust case in an Alabama court, accusing the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) of conspiring to fix oil prices through oil supply agreements. OPEC is for the next year "restrained from entering any agreements among themselves or with third parties to raise, lower


API: U.S. Oil Stocks Are Down

U.S. oil supply worries found fresh impetus on Tuesday after the American Petroleum Institute said that both crude oil and product stocks had fallen again -- hard on the heels of a massive draw earlier this month. U.S. crude stocks are now at their lowest level since March 1976. Crude oil prices were up sharply in after-hours trading after a decidedly bullish API report showed a 2.1 draw for the week ended August 4, despite a rebound in crude oil imports, which rose 1.34 million barrels to 9


OPEC Output Cut May Hit Shipping

According to a report from The Economic Times, the Indian shipping industry is concerned with the steady fall in crude oil prices and is waiting for the outcome of an important upcoming OPEC meeting. Industry officials feel that if Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cuts production further, tanker rates could go into free fall, delivering a body blow to the domestic shipping industry that has half of its fleet in tankers


Exxon, Shell Lose Nigerian Field Access

Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil lost an auction for Nigeria's most promising oil and gas fields last year to companies controlled by South Korea. In Venezuela, Royal Dutch Shell's bid to develop an offshore gas deposit collapsed when Brazil's state oil company stepped in. The world's biggest publicly traded oil producers are losing reserves to state-run companies willing to pay higher prices for energy needed to fuel growing economies. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, China's Cnooc Ltd


Easing US Oil Export Ban Unlikey to Raise Gasoline Prices

A government study on Thursday essentially supported the notion that easing the decades-old restriction on exporting U.S. crude was more likely to lower than raise gasoline prices for American motorists, a conclusion that could ease concerns among lawmakers about changing the policy. U.S. gasoline prices are mainly set by global oil prices, the Energy Information Administration said in a highly anticipated analysis.


AP Moeller Shares Fly High In '99

Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moeller shares surged 95 percent in 1999, bolstered by a 150 percent rise in crude oil prices and improved freight rates, and analysts predict solid profits in 2000 along with more takeovers. Earnings per share (EPS) for D/S 1912 is expected to climb to 2,762 crowns this year and rise a further 24 percent to 3,424 crowns next year, with D/S Svendborg seen reaching 3,880 crowns in the current fiscal year and 4,917 crowns in 2000.


Brent Crude Falls Below US$104

HFO: File image

Brent crude fell below $104 a barrel on Thursday, after briefly bouncing off a 13-month low the previous day, on ample supplies and concerns about weak demand despite the ongoing political turmoil in Iraq and Ukraine. * Ample supplies keep pressure on oil prices * Exports from Libya's Ras Lanuf resume * Coming up: U.S. weekly jobless claims - 1230 GMT Oil exports from Libya's Ras Lanuf port have resumed after a year of blockades by armed protesters, while U.S


MOL YoY Q1 2014 Profit Slips, but Dividend Planned

Koichi Muto: Photo MOL

MOL President Koichi Muto informs in a letter addressed to company shareholders of a year-on-year decline in profits during the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2014, excerpted as follows: "I would like to report our business results for the first quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2014 (April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014). 1. Business Performance for First Quarter of FY2014 During the first three months of FY2014, while geopolitical risks such as political strife in Ukraine and Iraq raised


U.S. Vessels Ready to Transport Fuel to Northeast: AMP

Washington, D.C. – With concerns that refinery closures in the Northeast may cause gas prices to increase further, the American Maritime Partnership (AMP) notified the Administration that American vessels have ample capacity to transport petroleum to the region from the Gulf of Mexico. AMP’s letter comes after a federal analysis omitted key data about the domestic shipping industry’s overall capacity.  


Suezmax Tanker Market on the Rise Yet Again

Graphs: Charles R. Weber Research

 Suezmax tankers are looking good for a strong 2015 year, before posting a mild downside during 2016, but are poised to accelerate yet again in 2017 on rising deliveries, said shipbroker Charles R. Weber in its latest weekly report (Ref. Weekly 18)   


US Weekly Oil Rig Count Decline Slows

The fall in the U.S. oil rig count slowed this week, data showed on Friday, suggesting the collapse in drilling may be coming to an end as prices recover after falling 60 percent from June to March.   The oil rig count fell by 24 this week to 679 active rigs


Groups Seek US SEC Probe of Shell Arctic Drilling Risk Disclosures

An environmental group and a law clinic petitioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Royal Dutch Shell has adequately disclosed to investors the risks of oil exploration in the harsh Arctic waters, the groups said on Tuesday.  


Med Crude-Urals Stronger in Baltic as Surgut Sells Cargoes

Russian Urals crude price differentials strengthened in the Baltic in a spot tender on Tuesday after loading schedules confirmed scarce export volumes for May.   There was no deals in the Platts window, traders said while adding that trader Talmay won spot tenders by oil firm Surgut to lift


Oil Rallies Briefly after Iran Seizes Cargo Ship

Oil prices rallied briefly on Tuesday after reports that Iran had seized a cargo vessel, described initially by Iranian and Saudi media as a U.S. ship, raised geopolitical tensions and concerns about the security of Middle East crude shipments.  


Containers, Crude Drive Q1 Increase at Marseille Fos

Photo: Marseille Fos

A record month for containers and a revival in crude oil imports boosted first quarter throughput at leading French port Marseille Fos to 20.1 million metric tons – up by 1.3 million metric tons or 6.9 percent on January-March last year.   


Strong Tanker Market Extends Peak Season High Earnings

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Tanker earnings for crude oil tankers have climbed to new strong levels in the first quarter of 2015, with averages not seen since 2008, the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) reported.   The demand for crude oil tankers remains high even though the winter months are far


Petronas to Deliver LNG from FLNG in Q1 2016

The world's first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, built by Petronas, is expected to supply its first cargoes in the first quarter of 2016, senior officials from the Malaysian state-oil firm said on Tuesday. The 365-metre (1,200 ft) long Petronas Floating LNG 1 (PFLNG1)


China Shipbuilders may Merge to Stay Afloat

Picture by China COSCO Container Shipping

 The China's four state-run shipping-related companies  are reportedly in the initial phases of combining units in order to beef up the national shipbuilding industry, says local media.   The chances of mergers between China Ocean Shipping, China Shipping Container Lines


US Could Eliminate Energy Imports -EIA

Figure 1 (Source: EIA)

EIA's AEO2015 projects that U.S. energy imports and exports come into balance, a first since the 1950s, because of continued oil and natural gas production growth and slow growth in energy demand   The Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) released today by the U.S


Gibson to Build 900,000b Crude Storage in Alberta

Canadian oil storage and transport company Gibson Energy Inc said on Monday it is building 900,000 barrels of crude oil storage at its terminal in Hardisty, Alberta, after receiving sufficient support from shippers.   The company will build a 500


Uruguay Eyes Extending Oil Exploration Contracts

Uruguay is considering extending the length of its oil exploration contracts with foreign companies drilling in its waters in order to shore up investment at a time of plunging crude prices, it said on Wednesday.   BP, BG Group, Total, a joint venture of Tullow Oil and Inpex


Pemex: 2015 Output Unaffected by Platform Blaze

Mexican state oil giant Pemex expects to meet its 2015 output target of 646,000 barrels per day (bpd) for the oil-producing region where a platform exploded last week, killing four people and leaving three more missing, a top executive said on Sunday.


Wan Hai Profits Up

Pic: Wan Hai Lines

 Asian container operator Wan Hai Lines Ltd sees 2014 profit jump as revenue grows faster than costs.   The Taiwanese container carrier recorded a profit of TWD5.32 billion (USD170 million) for 2014, soaring 158% from a profit of TWD2.13 billion in 2013.  


India Halts Iran oil Imports Under U.S. Pressure

Oil imports from Iran at 220,000 bpd in year to March 31. U.S. pressured India not to raise annual Iran oil imports. India halted oil imports from Iran for the first time in at least a decade in March as New Delhi responded to U.S. pressure to keep its shipments from Tehran within sanction






 
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