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Oil Prices Are Down … But Are They Out?

U.S. oil prices fell Monday on renewed concerns that the OPEC cartel's recent cut in production would not be enough to counter the impact of a global economic slowdown. U.S. light sweet crude for September delivery traded down 1.4 percent, or 23 cents, at $26.96 a barrel. London Brent futures for September delivery traded down 21 cents to $24.98 a barrel. Oil prices have declined steadily since late May amid increasing evidence that the global economic slowdown is eating into demand for petroleum this year. Concern over falling prices and a sustained rise in spare petroleum stocks spurred the OPEC producer cartel to agree last week to a 1 million barrels per day (bpd) output cut. But traders were reluctant to push prices up without indications that the world economy is rebounding. "If the trend of a build in U.S. crude stocks continues and there are no signs the economy is recovering, that will push prices down in the weeks ahead," said Lawrence Eagles of GNI Research. The U.S. Commerce Department on Friday said gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation's economic health, grew at the lowest quarterly rate in eight years, at 0.7 percent in the second quarter. A meeting over the weekend in Geneva of the oil ministers of Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Mexico ended with a vow to keep the market adequately supplied and stable following OPEC's supply curb decision.

Shipping loan losses hit Norwegian bank DNB's earnings

Q2 net profit NOK 4.65 bln vs f'cast NOK 4.77 bln; loan losses NOK 554 mln vs fcast NOK 398 mln. Bank on schedule to fulfill capital requirements, but shares down 4.6 percent, Swedish bank shares lower. Higher-than-expected loan losses in the shipping sector ate into DNB's second-quarter earnings, sending shares in Norway's largest bank down almost 5 percent on Thursday. Nordic banks made it through Europe's recent financial crisis relatively unscathed

Aframax Rates Jump 40 Percent From Mexico To Venezuela

The cost of an Aframax tanker to carry crude from Mexico and Venezuela to the U.S. has surged by 40 percent in the last week as cargo owners scrabble over a fast-dwindling fleet, but in Europe trading is dull. "You won't find a ship available now until August 12, so the ship owners are getting very bullish on rates," one U.S. broker said of the Caribbean market on Wednesday. He pegged the upcoast trade on Aframaxes (70,000 tonners) at W165.

Declining Oil Output Attributed to Lackluster Tanker Stock Performance

Tanker stocks have taken a severe beating this month on declining oil output and global economic jitters, but several analysts are predicting a steady recovery and consider the slump a good buying opportunity. "Charter hire rates are expected to rebound steadily through 2001 as Iraq and OPEC increase oil production," investment bank Lehman Brothers said in a report on Wednesday. "Recent weakness in the oil tanker sector provides an extremely attractive entry point for investors

Brent Crude Hits 16-month Low Under US$99

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Brent crude dropped to a 16-month low under $99 per barrel on Wednesday, stretching its losses into a fifth session amid continued worries about rising supplies and weak global demand. While a larger-than-expected fall in weekly U.S. crude stocks kept a floor under oil prices, gains were curbed by a firmer U.S. dollar that makes commodities priced in the greenback more expensive for holders of other currencies. The dollar index stood near a 14-month high, with some investors betting the U

US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs as Crude Prices Collapse

U.S. energy firms cut a surprisingly sharp 13 oil rigs this week, the first drop in seven weeks, as a renewed slump in prices this summer forced drillers to make a second round of cut-backs.   The decline erases weeks of small gains and brings the total to the week ending Sept. 4 down to 662, the lowest since mid-July, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report on Friday.  

SKorean Shipbuilders Lower on Steel Price Concerns

Shares of shipbuilders and automakers were lower in late morning trading as investors react belatedly to the possible increase in steel prices, reports indicated Hyundai Heavy Industries was down 4,500 won or 1.2 percent at 380,000 won, Samsung Heavy Industries was off 600 won or 1.9 percent to 30,400 won and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering fell 300 won or 0.8 percent to 39,300 won. Hyundai Motor was down 1,300 won or 1.9 percent at 67,600 won and Kia Motors down 50 won or 0

Port of Hamburg Results: Exports Up, Imports Down

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The Port of Hamburg’s overall results for the first nine months characterized by export growth and an import downturn. In the first nine months of 2012 the Port of Hamburg achieved total throughput of 98.1 million tons (down 0.8 percent). General cargo throughput at 69.2 million tons was just ahead of last year’s figure (up 0.2 percent). Bulk cargo throughput at 28.8 million tons stayed behind the previous year’s (down 3.3 percent)

Europe Gasoline Cracks Strong on US Demand

Gasoline prompt cracks in northwest Europe slipped on Monday but remained at eight-month-highs supported by strong demand from the United States, where inventories are low and refinery maintenance has curbed supply. Stocks on the U.S. East Coast, a major export destination for European gasoline, fell more than expected last week while demand in West Africa and the Mediterranean is strong. Maintenance at Canadian refineries that normally supply the U.S

Oil-Price Slide Hits European Energy Shares

European shares fell on Tuesday, the last full trading day of the year, led lower by energy companies as Brent oil fell to a 5-1/2-year low on persistent concerns about a global supply glut. The STOXX Europe 600 oil & gas index was down 1.9 percent at 1219 GMT, taking its loss for the year to 15 percent. The price of Brent oil is down by about half since June due to a big oversupply and tepid demand, hitting energy companies hard.

Antwerp Port Volume up 3.3% in 9 months

Courtesy Antwerp Port

The port of Antwerp continues its excellent performance, handling 161,671,573 tonnes of freight in the first nine months of this year, up 3.3% on the same period last year. The container volume in the first three quarters came to more than 7.5 million TEU. This represents growth of 4

Ready for take-off? - Drewry

Tab1e 1 Note 2016 data is up to 20 October only Source Drewry Maritime Research, derived from World Container Index

The recent rally in Asia to Europe spot market rates has improved carriers’ chances of securing higher 2017 contract rates. How much extra will shippers have to fork out? It has been another typically volatile year as far as the spot freight rate market (i.e

Panamax Containerships: Is the Battle Now Lost?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the containership market today, Panamax sector, the charter rates rest at rock-bottom rates and the fleet is in steady and perhaps terminal decline, with scrapping at record levels. Is the battle now lost? A report by Clarksons Research.  

Egypt Launches Record LNG Tender for 96 Cargoes

Egypt launched the world's biggest tender for liquefied natural gas (LNG) as officials from top energy companies and trading houses converged on Cairo undeterred by new rules that could force them to wait for as long as six months to get paid.  

Japan's NYK Line Warns of $1.9 bln hit to Earnings

NYK Line may book losses as shipping slump slashes asset values. Nippon Yusen, Japan's biggest shipper by sales, warned it would book a $1.9 billion hit to first-half income, after the industry's deepening slump forced it to write down the value of container ships and other assets.

Container Shipping Line of the Year Award Goes to MSC India

Photo: Mediterranean Shipping Company (U.K.) Ltd

 MSC India is celebrating winning an award at a prestigious trade event. The agency took the prize for Container Shipping Line of the Year India - Europe Trade Lane in the 7th All India Maritime and Logistics Awards.   Held at the St Regis Hotel in Mumbai

ICC Releases its Latest Trade Finance Survey

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 According to this year's Global Survey - which received 357 responses from 109 countries worldwide - 61% of respondents reported a global shortage of trade finance.    Only 52% of respondents reported an increase in trade finance activity, compared to 63% in 2015 and 80% in 2012

McNeel to Replace Lieungh as Sevan Marine CEO

Carl Lieungh will step down as CEO of Sevan Marine ASA effective January 1, 2017. The company’s board of directors has appointed current CFO Reese McNeel to take up the CEO role while continuing to carry out the CFO function.   Under the agreement reached between Lieungh and the board

New Orleans Port Signs Mou With Cuba

Manuel Fernandez Perez Guerra, Director General of the National Port Administration of Cuba, and Brandy Christian, Port of New Orleans Chief Operating Officer, sign a memorandum of understanding in Havana Oct. 4. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (standing directly behind Christian) and Michael Kearney, Chairman of the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners (standing front right), were among the 50-member Louisiana trade delegation that visited Cuba Oct. 3-7. Photo NOLA

Port of New Orleans Chief Operating Officer Brandy Christian joined Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards in signing a memorandum of understanding with Cuba on Oct. 4 pledging to expand trade and commerce opportunities between Louisiana and the Caribbean nation

Long Beach Says Cargo Volumes Hurt by Hanjin Fallout

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach declined 16.6 percent year-over-year in September as the effects of the Hanjin bankruptcy reached the U.S. West Coast.   According to the port, its longshore workers moved 546,805 twenty-foot equivalent units last month

St. Lawrence Seaway Shipments Steady in September

Photo courtesy of City of Milwaukee

“Notable increases were reflected in the export of wheat, corn and soybeans from the U.S. Ports of Duluth, Milwaukee and Toledo during the month of September,” said Betty Sutton, Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.   

Zim Adds Pacific North West Service

Photo: Zim Integrated Shipping Services

 Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) is introducing an additional Asia-Pacific North West Trade route, CEN – (China Express Northwest service) with the following rotation: Xingang – Qingdao – Shanghai – Prince Rupert – Xingang.   

Seaborne Trade’s Key Role

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Shipping plays a major role in the world’s industries, facilitating the transport of large volumes of raw and processed materials. Clarksons Research takes a look.   However, the maritime sector forms a much more important part of the global supply chain for some commodities and

DP World to Develop Ukraine Logistics

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem with President Petro Poroshenko during their meeting in Ukraine recently.

Global trade enabler DP World has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Ukraine to collaborate on matters of mutual interest, including the development of logistics capability in the country.   On a recent visit to Ukraine

Moore Stephens: 4th Straight Year of Operating Costs Decline

Richard Greiner (Photo: Moore Stephens)

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 2.4% in 2015.   This compares with the 0.8% average fall in costs recorded for 2014, and is the fourth successive overall year-on-year reduction

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