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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 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.

US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for Third Week on Weak Crude Prices

U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a third week in a row this week, data showed on Friday, a sign the latest crude price weakness was causing drillers to put on hold plans announced several months ago to return to the well pad.   Drillers removed 8 rigs in the week ended Sept

Megaships Worsen Overcapacity in Boxship Trades

The 16,000 TEU CMA CGM containership Marco Polo (file image)

Container shipping lines are poised to take delivery of a new generation of "megaships" over the next two years, just as the growth of world trade is slowing down, contributing to massive overcapacity in the market. Megaships, which can be up to 400 metres long, seem to be here to stay

Amid Commodity Crisis, LPG Emerges as Accidental Bright-spot

Liquefied Petroleum Gas, long a niche product used by the poor to cook and the rich to barbecue, has become a rare bright spot amid a broad commodities rout, riding on the wave of strong economic growth in India and parts of Southeast Asia.  

Commodities See Biggest Price Jump in 3 Years

Commodities jumped on Friday, headed for their largest weekly gain in more than three years as base metals roared higher after Glencore pledged to slash zinc output and gold hit three-week highs after dovish Federal Reserve minutes.  

Hanjin Shipping Returns to Black

Photo by Hanjin Shipping

 South Korea's leading shipping line Hanjin Shipping has returned to the black in the first half with a profit of KRW127.2bn ($109.87m), erasing the loss of KRW424.2bn in the year-ago period.   Net profit came to 104.26 billion won (US$89

Teekay’s Gas Carrier Fleet Worth $6.9 Billion


Global shipping giant Teekay LNG Partners can count itself as owner of the world’s most expensive fleet of whole gas (LPG and LNG) ships, worth a combined $6.9 billion, according to online ship intelligence and information service  

Energy Outlook Lowers Crude Price Forecast

Brent and WTI Crude Oil Price

  The Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) released on August 11 forecasts that North Sea Brent crude oil prices will average $54 per barrel (b) in 2015 and $59/b in 2016, which is $6/b and $8/b lower than projected in last month’s STEO, respectively (Figure 1)

Maersk Cuts Growth Forecast

Photo: Maersk Line

 Though the Danish conglomerate AP Møller-Maersk posted higher-than-expected earnings, it has cut its forecast for global trade growth and abandoned several medium-term profit forecasts, as per a report in FT.   Maersk overcame low oil prices and freight rates in its container

Record Low Interest in US GoM Leases

A U.S. government sale of oil and gas drilling leases in the western Gulf of Mexico attracted the lowest number of bids on record on Wednesday as slumping oil prices kept producers from plowing money into expensive offshore prospects.  

Oil Below $40/bbl After Rise in US Oil Rigs

U.S. crude oil prices on Friday dove below $40 a barrel for the first time since the 2009 financial crisis, notching their longest weekly losing streak in 29 years after a further rise in U.S. drilling and a drop in Chinese manufacturing.  

Shippers Cannot Relax Their Guard in SE Asia -MAST

Following a spate of six attacks in the Singapore Straight over the weekend, maritime security provider MAST is calling for shipping companies to strengthen their approach to maritime security in South East Asia.   “Shipping companies need to look at Best Management Practices (BMP) 4

Oil Steadies as Equities Rally

Recovering stock markets boost oil prices; U.S. crude on track for first weekly gain in nine weeks. Oil prices steadied on Friday after bouncing back from six-and-a-half-year lows on recovering equities markets, strong U.S. economic growth and news of low crude supplies from Nigeria.

Traders Scramble for Caribbean Crude Storage

Demand for crude storage in the Caribbean, one of the world's most important oil hubs, is rising as producers and traders try to ride out the worst price crash in six years by holding onto more barrels or making blends that can be sold for premiums.

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

Dry bulk shipping, Tankers Fall Down

Graph: Drewry Maritime Equity Research

 All stocks under Drewry Maritime Equity Research (DMER)’s dry bulk coverage were down and recorded double-digit negative returns, taking cues from vessel earnings.   The BDI shed its gain of the previous two months and nudged down 20% m/m in August led by a fall in the Capesize

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