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Crude Oil Tanker Market Weakened, says OPEC

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 Crude oil tanker market sentiment weakened in April as average spot freight rates dropped on most reported routes, OPEC said in its latest monthly report.   On average, dirty tanker freight rates were down 8% from the month before.  Despite a stronger market seen in the VLCC sector, average dirty spot freight rates declined, influenced by the declines in Suezmax and Aframax freight rates.    VLCC spot freight rates showed improvements, rising by around 17% on all reported routes, as a result of an active market and strong tonnage demand.    Suezmax and Aframax both closed the month down by 15% and 12%, respectively, as demand for both classes remained weak amid a persisting tonnage oversupply.   Following the drop seen last month, OPEC spot fixtures dropped in April by 4.2%. The decline came mainly on the back of lower fixtures registered for both eastbound and westbound destinations, while global fixtures declined by 2.9% from a month earlier.   Compared with a year ago, OPEC and spot global fixtures were down by 11.2% and 9.6%, respectively.   OPEC sailings were also lower in May, dropping from the previous month and a year earlier by 1.2% and 2.2%, respectively.    According to preliminary data, arrivals into North America and West Asia increased by 0.7% and 3.6%, respectively, from the month before, while arrivals into the Far East and Europe declined by 0.5% and 3


Asia-Europe Box Rates Fall Again

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 13.9 percent to $469 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. It was the fourth consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route, and the current level is widely seen as loss-making to shipping companies.


Clean Tanker Rates Drop Another 10 Points

Clean tankers in the intra-Asian trades have suffered an eighth week of stagnant trading, causing rates to slip another 10 points to W240 ($15.69 per ton), Singapore brokers said on Wednesday. "The panel rate (judged by a panel of six brokerages) is around W250, but we think it's much nearer W240 at the moment," said a broker. The benchmark trade from Singapore to Japan on 30,000 ton tankes almost touched W300 in June ($19.62 per ton).


SS&Y Pacific & Atlantic Index Drops

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 281 points in the week ending Monday to 5,337. "The Pacific has weakened with tonnage being fixed APS Australia plus ballast bonus by a number of Chinese operators, which has been helped by diluted interest in December stems for trans-Pacific and backhaul routes," SS&Y said. "This has led owners to seek refuge in Richards Bay although rates are headed downwards at present, which hasn't been helped by this movement of vessels


TEN Bags Storage Contract for VLCC

Tsakos Energy Navigation announces storage employment for VLCC vessel; low oil price boosts demand and spot rates and drastically reduces voyage costs   Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) announced it has won a six month storage contract for a very large crude carrier (VLCC) vessel to an international major for which the minimum proceeds are expected to be in the region of $10 million.   “Accretive transactions like the one announced today is proof of the strong tanker


Asia-Europe Box Freight Rates Slide 23%

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 23 percent to $332 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.   The current level is widely seen as a loss-making for container shipping companies that transport everything from flat-screen TVs to sportswear from Asia to Northern Europe.  


Asia Bulk-Capesize Rates at 6-year Low

Charter rates at 6-year lows as cargoes scarce; some owners anchoring ships rather than leasing at a loss. Rates for capesize bulk carriers have plunged to fresh six-year lows and could fall further with cargoes scarce in the post-holiday period, brokers said. "There are still a lot of ships that are anchored off South Africa, Singapore and Taiwan with not a lot of cargo volume to soak them up," a Singapore capesize broker said on Thursday. "Rates are still coming off


Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 25 pct

A Maersk containership (file photo: Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 24.9 percent to $833 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. The drop came after the previous week's increase of 177 percent which was a result of most of the major container shipping companies implementing a general rate increase from Aug 1.


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Slump

Image: Dalian

 Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could face drop further next week on excess tonnage supply and lower cargo volumes, reports Reuters.   A Singapore based VLCC broker said that there’s no upside. Rates will either be flat or on the downside. There are many more ships than cargo, the broker said.   While ship owners and charterers are expected to conclude more charters later on Friday


Container Shipping Faces Tough 2016 as Rates Plunge 78 pct

File image: a Maersk boxship in the port of New Orleans (credit: port of New Orleans)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe have plummeted 78 percent this year, after posting another drop this week, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. Rates fell 6.9 percent to $271 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, the person said, down from $1232 at the beginning of the year. It was the second consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route


Aberdeen Harbour Performance Steady on Diversity

Photo: Aberdeen Harbour

Activity at Aberdeen Harbour remained steady throughout 2015 resulting in the port recording a 9.7 percent increase in turnover, up from £28.9 million in 2014 to £31.7 million in 2015. Pretax profit was also up by 21 percent at £15.03 million, compared to £12


Hapag-Lloyd's Profit Streak Continues

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EBITDA of EUR 123.4 million / EBIT of EUR 4.8 million / Transport volume up 2.1% / Sharp year-on-year decrease in freight rate / Further efficiency measures planned Hapag-Lloyd recorded a positive operating result in a very challenging first quarter of 2016


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates May Dip

Rates from Western Australia to China fall from six-month high. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could slide next week as charterers rein in their activity following a flurry of fixtures which pushed rates from Western Australia to China to a six-month high


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Dip Before Fuel Oil Fixtures

File Image: a so-called Suezmax tanker transits the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority)

Worst over for Aframax market as fuel oil cargoes lift rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could slide further before finding a floor and recovering on a rebound in chartering activity, ship brokers said on Friday.


Crude Prices up 3% on Gasoline Rally, Weak Dollar

Crude oil prices rose about 3 percent on Tuesday on the back of a rally in the gasoline market and as a tumbling dollar boosted commodities denominated in the greenback after bets the Federal Reserve will hold U.S. interest rates where they are.  


Nigeria's LNG Export Falls

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 Babs Omotowa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), has raised alarm over Nigeria’s dwindling investments in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), according to a report in Thisday.   He noted that with no new investments


Asia Tankers-VLCCs Rates Ease as Tanker Jams Fade

file image: A VLCC transits the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority)

Port congestion eases at Basra and Chinese ports; tanker demand set to expand on lower oil prices. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), hurt by slower-than-usual release of cargo, could slip further next week as more tonnage becomes available with the easing of recent tanker


Maersk Profit Plunges

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 Danish shipping and offshore energy conglomerate Maersk Group reported its profit at US$ 224 million for the first quarter of 2016, a drop of 86 percent compared to $ 1.6 billion seen in the same period a year earlier.   Hit by low oil prices and freight rates


Maersk Mulls Acquisitions after Surprising Profit

File Image: a Maersk containership alongside (Maersk)

Fragmented sector chasing alliances to cut costs; Maersk has plenty of cash for deals - CEO. A.P. Moller-Maersk returned to profit at its main container shipping business in the first quarter, putting the cash rich company in a strong position as the struggling industry consolidates.


Alfa Laval HCO Filter Approved for Validation Testing

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A manufacturer of two-stroke engines has agreed to validation tests of an Alfa Laval hydraulic control oil (HCO) filter . The approval to test the final HCO filter design comes after concept testing on the crude oil tanker Stena Suède.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Under Pressure

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Capesize rates fall in a quiet market as holidays weigh; 20 charter-free capesize ships could add to downward trend. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to drift lower next week unless there is an uptick in chartering activity from major miners


Tanker Shipping: Signs of Weakness are Appearing, But Still Money to be Made

Graph: BIMCO

Supported by slow fleet growth and ongoing positive refinery margins, VLCC earnings in Q1-2016 were up from a year ago, but down from Q4-2015 as we expected at $58,367 per day for VLCC (+5.7% year on year).  For the minor crude oil carriers, rates were down from Q1-2015 and Q4-2015


Dry Bulk Shipping: Improved Frieght Rates Despite Continues Fleet Growth

Graph: BIMCO

 On 10 February 2016, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) hit 290. At that point, a bulk carrier regardless of its size, age and fuel-efficient qualities earned a time charter average of USD 2,417-2,776 per day.   Whereas the three smaller segments have seen higher earnings since then


Container Shipping Demand Weakens

Graph: BIMCO

 The demand for container shipping is really not going anywhere at the moment. Indicators for growth in the first months of 2016 point to limited overall demand and huge variations from trade to trade. In addition, all numbers are impacted by Chinese New Year


Container Equipment Prices Nosedive - Drewry

Container newbuilding prices (US$) Source Drewry Maritime Research

Prices for new dry freight containers declined to their lowest point since 2002 during first-quarter 2016 and are still going down, according to the latest edition of the Container Equipment Insight, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.






 
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