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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


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.


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


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


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


HHI Capitalizes on Offshore Business

The name Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) usually comes up with a name tag of the worlds largest shipbuilder. But the Ulsan-based company is now dreaming of becoming more than just a shipbuilder, as they have found out that selling offshore oil drilling facilities and industrial plants can be lucrative businesses especially with the soaring oil price, according to a report in the Korea Times. Earlier this month, the company won a $1


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


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


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.


Iran's Tankers Target India, EU

File Image: A large tanker transits the Suez Canal enroute to Europe. (credit: Suez Canal Authority)

Iran wants to up exports to India by 200,000 bpd within 6 months. With Iran ready to resume business as usual with the world under a historic nuclear deal, Tehran will target India, Asia's fastest-growing major oil market, and old partners in Europe with hundreds of thousands of barrels of its


Statoil's LNG Price for Lithuania to Fall by a Third

Photo: Klaipeda LNG Terminal

 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) price from Norwegian company Statoil ASA for Lithuania is set to fall by more than one-third and the Klaipeda LNG terminal's maintenance costs are to decline by around 23% after Lithuania's gas trade company Litgas completed talks with the Norwegian supplier on a


Migrants Reaching Europe by Sea Soars 10-fold

Ten times as many migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea in the first six weeks of the year as in the same period of 2015, and the number of deaths also soared, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday. The number of arrivals topped 76,000


US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs to Least in 6 Years

U.S. energy firms this week cut oil rigs for an eighth week in a row to the lowest levels since January 2010, data showed on Friday, as energy firms continue to cut spending due to the collapse in crude prices.   Some analysts forecast the rig count will decline for a few more months before


LNG Prices Firm on Pockets of Demand

Asian liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices edged up this week as the global market drew some support from demand in Mexico, after its state-run power company purchased six cargoes.   The price of Asian spot cargoes for January delivery edged up to $7


Trafigura Expects Tougher Shipping Markets in 2016

Commodities trading firm Trafigura expects tougher conditions in tanker markets next year as weaker world economy prospects and a slide in oil prices are set to take their toll on shipping. Bargain hunters picking up cheap crude after the price drop and refineries


As Oil Plunges, Traders Generate Record Earnings

Oil traders are profiting handsomely from a crude price crash to near an 11-year low, even as it forces energy companies around the globe to slash costs and postpone projects.   From listed giant Glencore through unlisted Swiss privately-held Trafigura


Shell, Gunvor to Supply 120 LNG Cargoes to Pakistan

Oil major Shell and trading house Gunvor will supply Pakistan with 120 liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes between 2016 and 2020 after both companies submitted the lowest offers in two highly sought after tenders, trade sources said. Pakistan State Oil company on Nov


US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for First Week in Five

U.S. energy firms this week added oil rigs for the first time in the last five weeks, data showed on Friday, despite continued weak crude prices.   Drillers added 17 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 18, bringing the total rig count up to 541


U.S. Grain Prices Soar as Floods Shut Waterways

U.S. grain farmers scrambled to find shelter for their crops and handlers hunted for alternative transportation routes, as widespread floods shut waterways from Illinois to Missouri and spurred a surge in physical prices of corn and soybeans.


Low Bunker Prices Benefit Ship Owners in 2015

Graph: Poten & Partners

 As 2015 draws to a close and the Worldscale Organisation published the new 2016 Flat Rates, Poten and Partners goes through the annual exercise of updating Flat Rates in its systems.    This highlighted once again the significant changes in bunker prices that occurred over the


Asia-Europe Box Rates Soar 115 pct

A Maersk containership alongside during cargo operations (image: Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 115 percent to $1,232 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index showed. Average rates for 2015 were $620


Recovery for European Shipowners?

Pic: Maersk Line

 European Shipowners may increase freight rates or renegotiate bunker clauses in the coming year in order to capitalise on lower crude oil prices and consolidate the recovery seen in 2015, reports ICIS.   Bunker fuel prices came down significantly amid lower crude oil prices but some


Tianjin Blasts a Blip as Marine Insurance Prices Keep Falling

Reinsurance rates in the marine sector continued to fall at the start of the year, in spite of the huge cost of explosions at China's Tianjin port last August, reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter said on Thursday.   Rising competition to offer reinsurance and slower activity in China


Container Ship Deliveries Hit New Record

Graph and Table source: Alphaliner

 Container vessel capacity delivered in 2015 has reached a new record as 212 new cellular containerships, with a total capacity of 1,714,860 teu, have joined the global fleet over the course of this year, according to Alphaliner Research.  






 
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