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Shell Announces Strong Results

Oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell Group announced record fourth quarter profits, after a more than twofold jump in oil prices and as the benefits of its restructuring program continued to show through. Adjusted current cost net income soared by 173 percent to $2.235 billion in fourth quarter 1999, which was at the top end of analysts' forecasts, while net income of $2.582 billion compared with a loss of 3.739 billion the year before. Current cost net income for the full year rose 38 percent to $7.09 billion, after adjusting for special credits and charges. Exploration and production provided the main profit boost, hitting $1,507 million in the fourth quarter compared with a loss of $1,906 million in 1998 as crude prices soared. North Sea Brent crude prices averaged $17.95 per barrel in the fourth quarter, up from $11.15 in the same period of 1998.


Maritime Shares Make A Comeback

Share prices in Oslo continued to rise during June and in the first six months of 1999 the Shipping Index rocketed 30.6 percent. The All Share Index is not far behind with an increase of 23.7 percent during the same period. Trading at the Oslo Stock Exchange has never been more active than in 1999 so far with the daily average turnover for the first half of the year at NOK 1,640 million. This is 27.1 percent higher than the average for the whole of 1998


CMA CGM Reports Encouraging Outlook for 2012

CMA CGM, the world’s third largest container shipping group, reported revenue of U.S. $14.87 billion for the year ending December 31, 2011, a 4% increase on 2010. Volumes carried increased by 11%, outperforming the market’s 6.5% increase and reaching a record high of 10,016,000 teus. The market environment was challenging, shaped by overcapacity and the steep run-up in oil prices, with per-tonne bunker prices soaring 34% over the year


OPEC Strives For $22-$28 Barrel

Venezuelan Energy and Mines Minister Ali Rodriguez said that OPEC had agreed to defend a price band of $22 to $28 per barrel for its basket of crudes in a bid to stabilize prices. Rodriguez reportedly said the oil cartel would automatically raise or cut production by 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) if prices move outside of the band for more than 20 days. Nine members of OPEC agreed this week in Vienna to increase output by 1.45 million bpd from April 1, to curb soaring prices


Indonesia, CNOOC Talks End in Deadlock

Early renegotiation of gas selling price with China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) has ended in deadlock as the ceiling price proposed by CNOOC was seen as too low, according to Asian Pulse. Indonesia has signed a long term contract to supply China's Fujian province with 2.6 million tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) annually from Tangguh, Papua. Under the agreement in 1992 the LNG price was tide with crude oil price or around $2


Rising Bunker Prices To Push Worldscale Rates Up

Increasing bunker prices will push Worldscale tanker rates up by around 1.5 percent next year but prices on some routes will fall due to lower port dues and exchange rate fluctuations, the Worldscale Association said. The average bunker fuel price used for rate calculations would rise to $86.50 in 2000, from $82.75 in 1999, but varying port charges and currency exchange rates would mean some Worldscale route assessments fell.


China Oil Producer Sees Profits Soar

China's top offshore oil and gas producer, CNOOC, has posted a 38 percent jump in earnings for the first half of the year. The better-than-expected results were driven by soaring energy prices and higher output, according to a report on www.voanews.com. Oil and gas production at the state-owned company increased by more than seven percent in the first six months of 2006 compared to a year earlier. CNOOC's chairman Fu Chengyu says the company achieved breakthroughs in its overseas business


Coal: One of 2016's Hottest Commodities

File photo: Glencore

Less than a year after the coal industry was declared to be in terminal decline, the fossil fuel has staged its steepest price rally in over half a decade, making it one of the hottest major commodities.   Cargo prices for Australian thermal coal from its Newcastle terminal, seen as the Asian benchmark, have soared over 35 percent since mid-June to more than one-year highs of almost $70 a tonne, pushed by surprise increases in Chinese imports.  


As Gas Prices Fly Ever Higher, Why Do Energy Stocks Stay Grounded?

Energy shares drew little comfort Feb. 4 from rising oil prices lifted first by red hot heating oil, then gasoline soaring to nine-year highs. U.S. light crude for March delivery settled 79 cents higher at $28.82 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, about $1 away from post Gulf War highs reached in late January. Prompt heat oil barges delivered to the New York Harbor soared to a $1.00 premium to the futures, which closed up 0.88 cent at 78.78 cents gallon


SPP Shipbuilding Considers $300M IPO

South Korea's SPP Shipbuilding is seeking to raise about $300m in an initial public offering in South Korea next year, a person familiar with the situation recently indicated. A company spokesperson confirmed that SPP is mulling a share float, but declined to give a time frame or value on the deal. The company had considered making a share offering at home and abroad, but now has no plan to list its shares outside the country, the spokesperson reportedly said.


‘Frothy’ Capesize Sector Threatens New Year Hangover for Dry Bulk

Photo: BSM

Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a firm festive season for the dry bulk market, swiftly followed by a New Year comedown.   In its latest Dry Bulk Freight Forecaster* MSI notes that after a steady fall in average daily TCE spot earnings in October


New Building Price Dynamics Low On Impact

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Newbuilding prices have fallen fairly consistently since the end of 2014, and this trend has continued in recent months, says Clarksons Research.    Cutting newbuild prices can be an effective way for yards to stimulate new orders, but this is not always the case.   


Oil Prices Soar 4%

Oil prices jumped 4 percent on Tuesday, bouncing back from multi-month lows on expectations that OPEC will agree later this month to cut production to reduce a supply glut. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih is expected to travel to the Qatari capital, Doha


Vattenfall Wins Danish Wind Project

By Erik Matzen and Nikolaj Skydsgaard Swedish utility Vattenfall has won a tender to build Denmark's biggest offshore wind farm, but still faces the potential cancellation of a separate wind project in the country, the Danish energy ministry said on Wednesday.


LNG Price Gains Face Ceiling as New Supply Emerges

Asian spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices rose this week on the back of rallying gas benchmarks in Europe and a production outage in Angola.   The price of LNG for December delivery was $7.20 per million British thermal units (mmBtu), up around 25 cents from a week earlier


India in Global Hunt for LNG

Photo: Piyush Goyal, Official FB Page

 India is scouting for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts globally as part of a push to secure cheap supplies for its under-utilized gas-fired power plants, reports Bloomberg.   Australia, Qatar and Iran could all act as potential suppliers of long-term LNG contracts


Excess Tonnage Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Credit: Vale)

Capesize market "absolutely dead" on Thursday - broker. Vale says no new cargoes but owners sail empty vessels to Brazil. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as too many ships chase available cargoes


Syria Makes Major Wheat Deal with Russia

Syria's state grain buying agency Hoboob struck a deal to purchase one million tonnes of Russian wheat from political ally Russia, covering the needs of government-controlled areas for a year. The Damascus government subsidises bread for the areas it controls ensuring the supply of flat loaves


Asia Tankers-VLCC Steady After Bumping Four-Month High

File photo: Euronav

Power struggle breaks out between between owners and charterers; West Africa cargoes hit a monthly record. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which surged to a four-month high on Thursday, to hold steady as ship owners await the release of November cargoes


PIRA Expects $50-60/barrel Oil from OPEC Deal

The Organization of Oil Exporting Countries' decision to embrace production cuts will help move crude prices toward a target of $50 to $60 per barrel, Gary Ross, chairman of consultancy PIRA Energy Group, told reporters on Wednesday.  


BHP: GoM Mad Dog Project Viable with sub-$50 Oil

File Image: a typical BHP Offshore operaion (Credit: BHP Billiton)

BHP Billiton said the second phase of its Mad Dog offshore joint venture with BP in the Gulf of Mexico was economical at oil prices below $50 per barrel. Originally slated for development in 2013, the project has been deferred due to low oil prices and moves to reduce construction costs.


US Rig Count Recovery Hinges on $50 Oil Post-OPEC Meeting

U.S. oil drilling has seen its best quarter since crude prices tumbled two years ago mainly due to small operators returning to the well pad, but analysts say the continued recovery in the rig count depends on whether OPEC's output reduction plan can bring the market back to $50 a barrel.  


China COSCO Shipping Not to Hike Freight Rates

Photo: China COSCO Shipping

 China COSCO Shipping will not raise its shipping prices as it had planned, reports Caixin quoting shipping agency representatives at Shanghai’s port.   The shipping giant has given up its plan to take advantage of Hanjin Shipping’s bankruptcy by raising prices after a


The Price Ratio Between Newbuild and Secondhand

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Looking at the ratio between newbuild and secondhand prices is a classic method of examining the state of various shipping sectors, says Clarksons Research.   But the metrics can be just as revealing at the older end of the market


44 Hanjin Ships Denied Access to Ports

Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 Some 44 of Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd's ships have been so far denied access to ports while 1 ship has been seized, Reuters reports quoting a company spokeswoman.   The 44 ships include instances where port service providers such as lashing firms have denied service






 
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