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Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Will See More Volatility

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VLCC market to be "hot" in Q4 -VLCC broker. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) face a roller-coaster ride on uncertain cargo volumes and vessel supply ahead of a fourth-quarter boom, brokers said. Charter rates, which have rebounded sharply, could fall as more supertankers become available for charter in the last 10 days of this month, a Singapore-based VLCC ship broker said on Friday. Rates from the Middle East to Japan have climbed 17 points on the Worldscale measure after hitting a six-and-a-half year low on Aug. 26. That is equivalent in average earnings of almost $21,000 per day. Supertanker rates from West Africa to China have also recovered. That followed a surge in chartering activity with around 50 eastbound cargoes fixed from the Middle East and West Africa by operators and traders, including the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), and Morgan Stanley, Reuters chartering data showed. Unipec, the trading and shipping arm of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), fixed 20 of these cargoes from the Middle East and West Africa to Asia, mainly China. Many of the early fixtures were older vessels or supertankers chartered straight from dry dock at cheaper rates by owners because otherwise the ships would have to wait for cargo, the broker said. Rates climbed as this supply of prompt tonnage disappeared, although the market may face a similar situation in the next week or so.

Supertanker Rates May Jump Next Week

According to a report from Bloomberg, the chartering manager of Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd., an Athens-based operator of supertankers, told Bloomberg that vessel supply is balanced and rates are expected to go from 70 to 75 Worldscale points by next week. (Source: Bloomberg)

Supertanker Freight Rates Back on Track

Freight rates for supertankers to Asia, which last week suffered their most serious decline in over two years, have now stabilised and look set to recover, tanker brokers said on Wednesday. One London broker referred to a VLCC fixture, the Lyria, on Monday to South Korea at W47.5 ($0.80 per barrel) as an exception to the market and the lowest point that it would go. "That fixture of the Lyria we can say marks the bottom of the market and we'll see a gradual recovery from here," he said

Korean Shipbuilder to Pay US$3.5-million Compensation

A Texas appeals court affirms US$3.5-million judgement against Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. The court upheld a jury’s finding that the Korean company wrongfully refused to pay consultants who helped secure a $696 million contract to build supertankers. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals held that the jury’s interpretation of an ambiguous agreement between Daewoo — the world's second largest shipbuilder — and Ikanco Inc

Tighter Supertanker Market Impacts Asian Fuel Supplies

The window to sell Western fuel oil to Asia is starting to close as demand for a limited fleet of supertankers to store cheap crude pushes freight rates to multi-month highs, shipping and trade sources said. Crude prices have fallen nearly 60 percent since June and, with prices a year ahead already quoted about $10 a barrel dearer than now, crude traders have hired up to 20 supertankers to store oil with a view to turning a big profit later.

N. Asia Snaps up Russian Crude Oil

Mideast crude freight to Japan highest since 2010. North Asian refiners have snapped up Russian crude oil loading in the last two months of this year to meet peak winter demand as Middle East and West African grades have become more costly after freight rates hit multi-year highs, traders said on Thursday. The freight rate for chartering Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) plying the key Middle East to Japan route <DFRT-ME-JAP> and the West Africa to China route are at the highest in

Tanker Rates Are

Caribbean crude tanker rates shot through the roof as oil poured towards the United States, brokers said. Typical rates for 70,000 ton upcoast U.S. liftings soared past W300 ($12.25 per ton) - up around 20 points on the previous day and about 75 points over a week ago. Increased crude production by Venezuela and Mexico was reportedly causing the spike. Increased VLCC arrivals from the Middle East was also putting pressure on Aframax supply in the U.S

Sanctions May Cut Oil Flow as Ships Cancel Voyages

U.S. and European sanctions designed to pressure Iran over its nuclear program may be cutting the Persian Gulf nation’s oil exports, as vessels cancel trips to the country.   Shipments have declined by 300,000 to 400,000 barrels a day, because sanctions are preventing Iran from selling oil, said Amrita Sen, an analyst at Barclay’s Capital in London. Half of the tankers booked to load at the country’s largest terminal last month didn’t complete the voyages

LNG-FSRU Vessel: BW Place Samsung Contract

A BW VLCC: Photo credit BW Maritime

BW Maritime inks contract with Samsung Heavy Industries for BW’s first Liquefied Natural Gas Floating Storage Regasification Unit (LNG-FSRU). Expected to be delivered in 2015, it will be the latest addition to BW's fleet of 16 LNG carriers, building on and increasing its existing LNG expertise.  This vessel and floating terminal will be able to receive and convert LNG into its gaseous form for offloading via pipelines, to gas facilities on-shore.

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Dropping

Low bunker prices buoy owners' spot charter earnings. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which have fallen to their lowest level in 10 months, are set to slide further next week as the volume of available tonnage outpaces cargo demand. "I don't think we've seen the bottom yet even if rates may have stabilised," said a Singapore-based supertanker broker on Friday. "The tonnage list is still building," the broker added.

Cosmo Lifts US, Mexican oil on Common VLCC

Japanese refiner Cosmo Oil has for the first time shipped U.S. condensate and Mexican crude on the same supertanker to reduce costs, industry sources said on Friday. U.S. condensate exports to Asia have slowed this year after West Texas Intermediate prices strengthened against Dubai crude

Tanker Futures Market Booms as Rates Rally

Freight forward agreement (FFAs) trade rises. The market for hedging oil tanker freight has revived sharply this year to a value of $4.5 billion after years of torpor, with ship owners looking to profit from a freight rally and more energy companies scramble to cover risk, industry sources say

Another Hurdle for Iran Oil Tankers Comeback

Sourena is a FSU for Iranian crude export located in the Persian Gulf, south of Iran. Photo by National Iranian Oil Company

 Iran's oil tanker fleet is expected to face more hurdles before many of the vessels can start trading again due to insurance hiccups and tougher requirements over sea worthiness by potential foreign clients, despite easing of sanctions, reports Reuters.  

Tanker Rate Spike Dents Efforts to Store Oil Glut at Sea

Record high freight rates are creating more headaches for traders looking to house millions of barrels of unsold crude oil and who already face potential losses due to record high stocks.   They have to decide on whether to use tankers for longer term storage until they can sell their

Amid Yemen Chaos, China Lifts More Oil

China has managed to export a large shipment of crude oil from Yemen over the weekend, ship-tracking data showed on Monday, despite mounting chaos in the country after the launch of Saudi-led air strikes last week. The 2 million barrel Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), Tai Hung San

Tanker Backlog Builds at Basra

Ships face up to a three week wait; bad weather in February delayed loading, created backlog. * April intake to be reduced to clear backlog By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE, April 1 (Reuters) - A backlog of over 30 oil tankers has built up outside the Iraqi port of Basra and shippers face

Refineries Revolution Spurs Product Supertankers

The rapid growth of mega refineries is prompting a new class of oil products supertankers, mirroring an earlier revolution in crude oil shipping, as traders look for scale that was previously not economically viable. In the early 1970s, ships capable of carrying 2 million barrels of crude oil

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Soar

Middle East VLCC rates hit $69,500 a day; daily VLCC rates average $51,000, highest since 2008 (Clarkson). Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on a key Asian route jumped to a three-month top this week, but prices are likely to soften as charterers hold back cargoes amid a slight

Booming VLCC Rates Pull Euronav Up

Image: Euronav

 Euronav delivered its best operating profit in seven years, with a 182 percent improvement, and a USD 80.8 million net profit, thanks to the 15 VLCC supertankers the company acquired from Maersk. Core profit rose 180 percent in the first quarter to $131.3 million.  

Panama Okays New Canal Toll Structure

Toll infographic (Source: Panama Canal)

 Panama’s cabinet council has approved a request by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to modify the canal toll structure and implement volume-based discounts for container ships. The new toll schedule will take effect April 1, 2016.  

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

First Iranian Ship Storing Oil Sails for Asia After Nuclear Deal

An Iranian supertanker with two million barrels of oil is heading to Asia after sitting in Iranian waters for months, the first vessel storing crude offshore to sail after a nuclear deal this week, data showed on Thursday.   Iran and six major world powers reached a landmark nuclear deal on

Brent Edges Up off Six-Month Low

Chinese exports tumble 8.3 pct, biggest fall in 4 months; Chinese crude oil imports up 4.1 pct in July. OPEC has no plans to hold emergency meeting. Crude oil futures touched multi-month lows on Monday after a weekend of mixed data from China showing higher oil imports in July but weaker trade

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Soar on Tighter tonnage

File Image: VLCC underway

Mideast-Japan VLCC rates climb by $46,000 per day since Aug 26. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which reached a seven-week high this week, are set to climb higher on buoyant cargo volumes and tighter tonnage, brokers said.

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

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