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Weak Oil Threatens US Export of LNG

Plunging global oil prices may turn hopes for cheap liquefied natural gas supplies from the United States into a costly disappointment for Asian buyers who have already invested billions of dollars in long-term contracts. The 26 percent price slide since June to $85 a barrel exposes cracks in the assumption by utilities and industrial companies from Japan to India that cheap U.S. LNG would muscle into high-value Asian energy markets from 2016. Oil prices form the backbone of LNG trade to Asia, because exporters outside the United States typically tie 25-year supply deals to crude oil prices. If prices continue to fall, these suppliers from Qatar to Australia will regain their edge over upstart U.S. producers. "From the buyer's view, $80 oil makes oil-linked supplies less expensive ... it makes U.S. LNG relatively less attractive for buyers," said one industry source with a commercial focus on North American projects. When Asian buyers signed for U.S. supply deals, the discount to rival oil-linked LNG supply was around $1.90 per mmBtu, but now that could be as low as 90 cents, and an oil price of $80 a barrel effectively results in a dead heat. Asian buyers such as Korea Gas Corp., Tokyo Electric and India's Gail now face the potential for a glut of increasingly cheap oil-linked LNG. Projects Suffer


Offshore Recovery Stalled For Now

As crude oil prices reach Gulf War highs and recent memories of historic low crude prices fade, capital spending on finding and developing new oil reserves continue to play catch up. "The recent oil-price crisis set back non-OPEC output growth for at least a year," a recent report released by Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown states, adding, "While currently high oil prices should spur investment, the extensive 16-month price slide should delay any significant output response from non-OPEC producers


Big Oil Profits Expected To Fly High

The near record oil prices have left U.S. oil majors as the envy of industry during the third quarter reporting period, according to many industry analysts. "This is clearly a sector that investors shouldn't worry about having disappointing earnings surprises," said one. "The question is not whether they will beat consensus estimates, but by how much they'll beat estimates," said another. Such expectations from analysts and investors come as crude oil prices in the third-quarter hit


EIA: Would More Crude Oil Help?

Yesterday (April 27), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council co-hosted a conference on “U.S.-Saudi Relations and Global Energy Security.” At this conference, as he has stated recently in other venues, the Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Ali al-Naimi, stated that, “There is no general shortage of crude oil in today's market -- supplies are readily available


Venezuela's Oil Falls to $42.44

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  Venezuela's petroleum export basket dropped to $42.44 per barrel this week from $47.05 last week to reach a 5-1/2-year low, the Petroleum Ministry said on Friday. The South American OPEC member's basket, which includes crude oil and refined products, trades at a discount to other benchmarks because of its higher content of heavy oil. Venezuelan oil prices averaged $88.42 last year, down from $98.08 in 2013.


China Shipbuilders may Merge to Stay Afloat

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 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, Sino Trans & CSC Holdings and China Merchants Group  has improved as they now suffer in a lackluster business climate, the Chinese-language Securities Daily reports.  


Oilfield Stocks Take A Hit As Crude Dips Below $30

Profit-taking hit oilfield service and drilling stocks on Monday as U.S. crude oil prices shed over a dollar to dip below $30 a barrel for the first time since February 28. On Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange's oilfield service index was off 4.82 points or 4.6 percent at 100.03, while U.S. April crude oil futures were $1.23 lower at $29.68 a barrel. Halliburton Co., the world's biggest oilfield service provider, was off more than five percent at 36-3/8 while Schlumberger Ltd


Oil Prices Slip

According to reports, oil prices fell by three per cent Monday, slipping below $59 a barrel as traders looked ahead to U.S. supply data due out Wednesday that is expected to show rising inventories of crude. Doubts about OPEC's ability to implement a 1.2 million barrels a day production cut also weighed on prices. Last week, oil prices surged after the U.S. Energy Department data showed a large decline in crude-oil inventories


DP World: Low Bunker Prices to Fuel Economic Growth

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Falling ship operating costs and low bunker prices will translate into higher profitability fueling economic growth, says Dubai-headquartered DP World.   As bunker fuel prices drop, so too could shipping costs. Dubai-headquartered DP World says falling oil prices are good news for global shipping.  It plans to double investments this year, local media reports.   The Chairman of  DP World Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has stated that the fall in oil price may stimulate


OPEC Sees Oil Prices Returning to $80/Barrel by 2020

OPEC forecasters expect oil prices will rise by no more than $5 a barrel a year to reach $80 by 2020, with a slowing in rival non-OPEC production growth not enough to absorb the current oil glut, according to OPEC sources.   The sources said the figures came from an updated mid-term strategy report discussed this week by representatives from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, which has yet to be fully endorsed by OPEC ministers.  


Another Brutal Year for Korean Shipyards?

Image: Samsung Heavy Industries

 2016 could be a brutal year for Korean Shipyards. Yonhap reports that the country's shipbuilders failed to clinch any new orders in January, underscoring the protracted slump in the global shipbuilding segment.   "January is usually an off-season for shipbuilders


Map Shows Kidnap & Piracy Threats

Source: NYA International

Global risk and crisis management consultancy NYA International today releases its 2016 Kidnap and Piracy Map, accompanied by the Global Kidnap Review, a special report examining kidnap for ransom over 2015 and identifying themes for 2016. Together


Sovcomflot IPO Expected in Q3 2016

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 The Russia's top shipping company Sovcomflot initial public offering (IPO) is expected in Q3 2016, part from the privatization program by the government.    An IPO for Sovcomflot could take place later this year. The current fleet of Sovcomflot numbers 142 vessels with total


MISC Bhd: Revenue Up

Puteri Firus, LNG Shipping. Photo: MISC Berhad

 Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC Berhad), a shipping arm of Petronas, has seen an increase of 12.3 percent in its net profit for the 2015 full year financials when compared to 2014.   The liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipper said the higher earnings compared


Puget Sound Box Volumes Rebound in 2015

Photo: The Northwest Seaport Alliance

 International container volumes through the Puget Sound rebounded strongly in 2015 with The Northwest Seaport Alliance handling more than 3.5 million 25-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an increase of 4 percent.   Container volumes grew despite the slowing Chinese economy and volume


Container Volumes to Improve 2016: Maersk

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 Nils Smedegaard Andersen chief executive officer of A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S said the Container volumes have picked up this year after the market suffered from sluggish growth and overcapacity in 2015, reports Bloomberg.   He said 2016 beginning looked a little bit better and expected


Keppel Profits Fall

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 Singapore-based rig builder Keppel Offshore & Marine saw profits fall for last year along with revenues. It also revealed work had slowed on rigs being built for Sete Brasil with the Brazilian company not making payments in over a year.  


BIMCO: Tanker Market Stays Strong, Demand is High

The KOTC operated VLCC Al Kout. (Photo: DSME)

According to a recent BIMCO Shipping Market Analysis, the global tanker market remains a bright spot in the global shipping market, with demand staying high. Below is a synopsis of the report's latest findings.   More than anything else


Oil Rises Towards $31 on Hopes of Deal

Oil rose on Tuesday to above $31 a barrel on hopes that OPEC and non-OPEC producers were inching closer to a deal to reduce output in the face of one of the biggest supply gluts in decades.   The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is making renewed calls for rival producers


Navios Maritime Posts 4Q Profit

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 Navios Maritime Midstream Partners LP (NAP) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $9.1 million. On a per-share basis, the company said it had profit of 44 cents.   The operator of contracted crude oil tankers posted revenue of $25.8 million in the period


Tidewater Suspend Dividend

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Tidewater Inc. (NYSE:TDW) leading provider of Offshore Service Vessels, announced that its Board of Directors has approved management's recommendation to suspend Tidewater's quarterly dividend and common stock repurchase program.  The dividend and share repurchase program suspension is


US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for 6th Week

U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for the sixth straight week, data showed on Friday, and were expected to shed more in coming weeks with three major U.S. shale oil companies slashing their spending plans after crude prices hit 12-year lows.  


Cautious Optimism in LPG Shipping: Dorian LPG

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 Global liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) export volumes for the calendar 2015 reached 80 million metric tons, an 11 percent increase over the previous year.    U.S. LPG exports alone reached a record of nearly 21 million metric tons


BP Reports Biggest Ever Annual Loss

BPs Thunder Horse platform in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: BP)

BP shares slide 8 pct after results miss forecasts. BP slumped to its biggest annual loss last year and announced thousands more job cuts on Tuesday, showing that even one of the nimblest oil producers is struggling in the worst market downturn in over a decade.


Subsea 7 to Exit Singapore for Kuala Lumpur

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 Rising costs of doing business in Singapore has forced Subsea7 to switch its regional headquarters from the city to Kuala Lumpur (KL), says a report in Business Times.   Against a backdrop of persistently low oil prices, fresh concerns have emerged over Singapore's competitiveness as






 
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