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Oil-Tanker Cancellations

According to an April 15 report from Bloomberg, Frontline Ltd. said that a plunge in supertanker rates to their lowest in at least 11 years will likely spur owners to scrap ships and cancel orders for new ones. Supertankers are making $4,335 a day after fuel costs for delivering Middle East crude to Asia and the U.S., according to data from the London-based Baltic Exchange. (Source: Bloomberg)

MSCO Completes Modernization of Natali Supertanker

Murmansk Shipping Company (MSCO) has completed modernizing the Natali supertanker, Interfax Russia reported. The China State Shipbuilding Corporation modernized the tanker over a six-month period. The tanker currently meets the requirements of the international convention to prevent marine pollution. Murmansk Sea Shipping operates the state nuclear icebreaker fleet under a trustee agreement for the management of state property

Administration Calls for Prompt Creation of Department of Homeland Security

Citing, among other things, the explosion on the French supertanker LIMBURG in waters of Yemen, the White House issued Remarks of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and other Administration officials calling on Congress to promptly enact legislation to establish the Department of Homeland Security. Source: HK Law

Single-Hull Tanker Traffic to Saudi Ports Dwindles

A Dec. 25, 2009 report from Gulf News, said the number of single-hull supertankers bound for Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil-producer, fell 50 percent over the past month, according to ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. Trading of single-hull tankers will become more restricted next year under International Maritime Organization regulations. The vessels will require inspections to prove their seaworthiness. (Source:

Supertankers’ Longest Stretch of Unprofitability

According to an Oct. 24 report from Bloomberg, supertanker owners are facing the longest stretch of unprofitable rates in 17 years as the supply of new vessels increases nine times faster than demand for oil. Shipping companies are making $3,155 a day for a single voyage, 90% below the $30,900 Frontline Ltd., one of the biggest operators, said it needs to break even. According to the report, Morgan Stanley estimates the tanker fleet will expand almost 13% next year and the International Energy

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.   The top tanker firm NITC  was readying its return to international markets and was in talks with Western insurers while also looking to expand its fleet, says Iranian media.  

Canadian Coastguard Ousts Supertanker From Its Waters

The Canadian Coastguard has banned a damaged 24-year-old supertanker, Eastern Power, from entering its waters, saying the onus is on its owner, Singapore-based World-Wide Shipping, to prove that it poses no pollution threat. "To us it's a seaworthy vessel outside our waters with a slight leak, and until her owners can demonstrate that it is no threat to Canadian waters we are denying access," said a Canadian coastguard owner Transport Canada official, adding that the ship was carrying 1

CG Medevac Man

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 21-year-old crewman suffering from severe abdominal pain aboard a supertanker 120 miles south of New Orleans this morning. The Coast Guard was notified at 8:45 a.m. by the tanker Sulphur Enterprise that a crewman was experiencing severe abdominal pain. A helicopter from Air Station New Orleans was dispatched to the scene where the crew lowered a rescue swimmer and basket to the tanker

UAE Says Japanese Oil Tanker Attacked by Terrorists

According to a report from the Christian Science Monitor, Japanese oil tanker M. Star was subject last month to a terrorist attack, UAE inspectors said on Friday, August 6, raising fears of a new campaign targeting global oil interests. The M. Star, a 1,082-ft supertanker, was shaken by what appeared to be an explosion shortly after midnight on July 28 as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow channel of water separating Iran and Oman

Tankship Freight Rates in Swift Freefall

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The biggest slump in tanker rates since January is signaling weaker U.S. oil imports, and is causing a 15-year low in the shares of one major crude-oil tankship operatore, reports Bloomberg. Rates for the biggest crude carriers tumbled 68 percent in the past two weeks, more than reversing their advance since the end of June, says Bloomberg, citing Clarkson Plc, although earnings had risen after oil cargoes to the U.S

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

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

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

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 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.

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Will See More Volatility

file image: A Suez Max Tanker in the Suez Canal.

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

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.

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

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