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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


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 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 Drop 10 pct

File Photo: containership at dock

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 10.4 percent to $1,175 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 fall came after last week's jump of 88 percent on the world's busiest route. Container freight rates have so far increased in 12 weeks this year but fallen in 32 weeks.


Baltic Index Continues Slide as Rates Drop

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued its slide on Monday, hitting a new near-three decade low as rates for all four vessel segments fell.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, was down 18 points, or 2.96 percent, at 590 points, the lowest since August 1986.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Mixed on Uncertainty

Capesize rates slide after hitting 5-month high. Rates for capesize bulk carriers eased this week after hitting their highest since December, and could come under pressure next week if charterers hold back cargoes, ship brokers said. "So far, I can't see too much cargo in the market. Charterers are hoping rates are going to drop again," said a Shanghai-based ship broker on Thursday. "Sentiment is not good," the broker added.


Freight Rates Tumbling

According to a Jan. 10 report from Bloomberg, at a time when analysts anticipate record profits for the biggest mining companies and a third year of gains in commodity prices, shipping lines carrying raw materials are set for the lowest freight rates since 2002. Leasing costs for capesizes, 1,000-foot-long ships hauling iron ore and coal, will drop 34 percent to average $22,000 a day this year, according to the median in a Bloomberg survey of eight fund managers and analysts.


News Drives A.P. Moeller Shares Down

Shares in A.P. Moeller dropped three percent after news reports container traffic growth was slowing due to the weaker U.S. economy. At 1005 GMT Moeller's two shares, D/S 1912 and D/S Svendborg, traded at 81,000 crowns ($10,097) and 108,000 crowns respectively, down 3.0 and 2.7 percent compared to closing prices on Friday. Container traffic and freight rates may tumble this year compared to 2000, denting Moeller's profits


Bahri Goes to Hyundai Samho for Five More VLCCs

Image: National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri)

 Immediately after signing contract with signed with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to build five VLCCs, with an option to build additional five VLCCs, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) signed a contract with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to build additional five VLCCs


Shipping Confidence at 7-year Low -Survey

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Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell during the three months to May 2015 to a level equal to the lowest rating recorded in the past seven years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens


Baltic Dry Index Climbs to an All Year High

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The dry bulk market has been devastating so far in 2015. However, June has somehow reversed it all in less than three weeks if judged by the Baltic Dry Index (BDI). June has delivered what May was unable to – keeping the momentum going


Greece Shipping Earnings Up 9 % in 2014

Greek shipping. Photo by: North Star Marine S.A.

 The Greek economy’s foreign currency revenues from shipping activities expanded 9.04 percent last year from 2013, reaching 13.18 billion euros, in spite of the country's financial woes, according to the annual report of the Association of Greek Shipowners (EEE).  


Moody's Changes Hapag-Lloyd Rating to Stable

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Moody's Investors Service has changed to stable from negative the outlook on the B2 corporate family rating (CFR), the B2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) and the Caa1  senior unsecured rating of Hapag-Lloyd AG. Concurrently, Moody's has  affirmed the ratings assigned to the


Tanker Market Full Streams Ahead, Says OPEC

Monthly averages of crude oil spot freight rates. Graph by OPEC

 The dirty tanker market enjoyed a general improving sentiment in May for vessels in all reported classes on the back of high tonnage demand and increased activities.    Clean tanker freight rates declined on average, mainly as freight rates reported on the West of Suez were weak


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Softening

Owners waiting for charterers to release July cargoes next week.   Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes are set to soften early next week before rebounding on the first wave of supertanker charters from the Middle East to Asia in July's fixture


Ocean Warming, Oxygen Loss Putting Marine Life Under Pressure

Marine Life under pressure Courtesy Alfred Wegener Institute

  Alfred Wegener Institute conducts research in the Arctic, Antarctic and oceans of the high and mid-latitudes has pointed out that there exists few opportunities to change: Ocean warming and oxygen loss are putting marine life under more and more pressure


Cairn Energy Drops Ibiza Oil Drilling Plans

Oil explorer Cairn Energy  has dropped plans to drill near Spanish holiday island Ibiza, the company said, as it wants to focus on developing potentially huge reserves offshore Senegal.   Cairn was set to carry out seismic testing on four offshore blocks in the Gulf of Valencia but has


Technip Buys Out DOF Subsea

Skandi Arctic. Photo: The DOF Group

 The DOF Subsea Group has entered into an agreement with Technip for the sale of DOF Subsea’s ownership in the joint venture vessel Skandi Arctic, with immediate effect.    According to the company, the transaction is done at market terms and will improve the cash position


Hoegh LNG's Bond Issue

Image: Höegh LNG Holdings Ltd

 Hoegh LNG (HLNG) has successfully completed the issuance of a USD 130 million senior unsecured bond in the Nordic bond market with maturity date expected to be 5 June 2020. The bond issue will be swapped from floating to fixed interest rate.  


Lifting of US Crude Oil Export Ban Possible within Year

  The U.S. Congress could lift the 40-year old ban on domestic crude oil exports within a year as a drop in gasoline prices and the potential return of Iranian oil to global markets makes it an easier measure for politicians to support, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts said on Thursday


Offshore O&G: Weathering the Storm

Courtesy Fleet Operators

Vessels are stacked as Gulf oil operators retrench and day rates fall. In the Gulf of Mexico, vessels serving offshore oil-and-gas exploration and production are being stacked or idled as the rig count there declines. Oil companies are retrenching while crude prices remain weak


Shipping Freight Rates Drop Amidst Overcapacity

file image: a containership docked at the port of Oakland, CA

Shipping freight rates on the world's busiest route, from Asia to Northern Europe, fell by the largest percentage amount since 2008, reflecting wild volatility in the market as vessel operators continue to wrestle with overcapacity. Rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe


CMA CGM Reports Increased Net Profit in Q1

17,722 TEU vessel CMA CGM Kerguelen was delivered to the group on March 31 (Photo: CMA CGM)

Container shipping company CMA CGM’s board of directors met under the chairmanship of Jacques R. Saadé, chairman and chief executive officer, to review the financial statements for the first quarter of 2015.   For the first quarter of 2015






 
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