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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


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: www.gulfnews.com)


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


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


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


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


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


China's Unipec Books Megatanker to Store Crude

Chinese oil trader Unipec has booked one of the world's largest ships to store crude off Singapore, trade sources said on Monday, hiring a 3.2 million barrel capacity supertanker to hold the oil at sea until prices recover. The TI Europe is one of just a handful of Ultra Large Crude Carries (ULCC), a category of vessel that is capable of carrying more than 3 percent of daily global world oil demand. International benchmark Brent crude prices fell below $100 a barrel on Monday for the


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


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


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.  


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.  


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


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


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


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


First ShipArrestor Delivered

The ShipArrestor container is lifted by the helicopter.

Following a full product trial in New Zealand, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) signed its acceptance of the first of two ShipArrestor systems from Miko Marine, making Norway the first country with a system that gives it the ability to protect its shores from the danger of drifting oil


Nicaragua Canal: Connects Ocean, Disconnects People

Nicaragua canal (HKND Group)

 The $50 billion Nicaragua Canal scheme promises to bring huge economic benefits to Central America's poorest country. But environmentalists and peasant farmers strongly oppose the project. And many are wary of the Chinese company that is to construct the canal.  


First Supertanker Docks at Vopak-Dialog Terminal

A supertanker carrying about 1 million barrels of Middle East crude docked on Monday at a terminal jointly run by Vopak and Dialog Group in Malaysia, the companies said. The arrival of tanker MT Mesdar marked the start of operations at southeast Asia's first commercial crude oil tank farm.


Shipping Industry Faces Shake Up

Photo: Aurelie Moulin

As global shipping grapples with its worst downturn in 30 years, private equity firms are unwinding massive bets made on the sector in a move set to accelerate a restructuring of the shipping industry.   Private equity invested tens of billions in global shipping after the 2008 financial


Oil Storage at Sea Stalls as Profit Play Fades

Traders are cutting plans to use tankers to store oil at sea as the price incentive recedes, the global head of oil at mining and commodities group Glencore's said on Tuesday.   In January, the price of spot oil was around 50 percent lower than a peak hit in June


Tanker Crew Freed After Kidnapping Off Nigeria

Three crew members of a Maltese-flagged supertanker, who were kidnapped by pirates three weeks ago off Nigeria, have been released, Greece's foreign ministry said on Wednesday.   The Kalamos crude carrier was heading to Nigeria's main oil terminal when it was attacked on Feb. 3


Oil Tankers Run Gauntlet in Nigeria's 'Pirate Alley'

Photo: Edward Stegle

A pirate attack that killed a supertanker crewman off the coast of Nigeria this week has highlighted a growing threat off oil-rich West Africa, as vessels carrying millions of barrels of crude traverse a region that has become known as "pirate alley".  


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






 
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