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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

HFO: File image

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.  


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)


Great Lakes Coal Trade Down 2.8% in 2013

Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 24.6 million tons in 2013, a decrease of 2.8 percent compared to 2012. Some of the decrease can be attributed to the early onset of winter in December, which lead to a 17-percent decrease in loadings on Lake Superior. Individual cargos were further reduced toward the end of the month when vessels voluntarily lightened their drafts to ease transits through an ice-clogged stretch of the St


Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down in June

M/V American Courage (Photo courtesy of the American Steamship Company)

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes total 7,952,201 tons through June, a decrease of 14.7 percent compared to the same point in 2013.  The decrease is even slightly larger when compared to the trade’s long-term average through June: 16.2 percent. Loadings out of U.S. quarries stand at 6.8 million tons through the second quarter, a decrease of 15.7 percent.  Shipments from Canadian quarries total 1.1 million tons, a decrease of 8.6 percent.


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.


Dry Bulk Suffers From Poseidon’s Potent Prongs

Graph: Clarksons Research

 It has been a grim start to 2016 for the bulkcarrier market, with the Baltic Dry Index sliding to new record lows on almost every day of the year so far, says Clarksons Research.   With a nearly constant stream of negative news continuing to emerge across each of the key dry bulk


LNG Shipping Rates to Remain Under Pressure in 2016

LNG shipping earnings will remain under pressure in 2016 as accelerating fleet growth and changing trade patterns will weaken supply-demand conditions, according to the latest edition of the LNG Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


GPA Executive Director to Step Down

Curtis Foltz (Photo: GPA)

Curtis Foltz steps down; Griff Lynch named new executive director of Georgia Ports Authority   Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) executive director Curtis J. Foltz will step down at the end of the fiscal year, June 30, the port authority’s board of directors announced today.  


Sea Trade’s Problems Multiplying

Image: Clarksons Research

 For good or for bad, shipping market analysts have looked at trade growth ‘multipliers’ for many years, says Clarksons Research.   In 2015 global seaborne trade is estimated to have grown by 2.1%, in a year when the world economy grew by 3.1%


Kuo Oil Looks to Lift Two Iranian Fuel Cargoes

U.S. lifts 2012 Iran sanctions against three trader companies; Kuo Oil seeks to load two Iranian fuel oil cargoes. Kuo Oil, a Singapore-based oil trading company, is seeking ships to load Iranian fuel oil, according to a shipping broker report, now that it is finally clear of U.S


Oil Options Show Not Everyone Buys 'Lower for Longer'

The seemingly relentless slide in the oil price has savaged global financial markets and raised the spectre of widespread recession, but the derivatives market is showing traders are not necessarily buying into the "lower for longer" scenario.  


Box Rates Drop, Chinese New Year No Help

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Falling shipping freight rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe on Friday showed there was no traditional surge in cargo exports from China ahead of the Chinese New Year, indicating a bleak outlook for the industry.


Keppel Profits Fall

Image: Keppel Offshore & Marine

 Singapore-based rig builder Keppel Offshore & Marine saw profits fall for last year along with revenues. It also revealed work had slowed on rigs being built for Sete Brasil with the Brazilian company not making payments in over a year.  


BIMCO: Tanker Market Stays Strong, Demand is High

The KOTC operated VLCC Al Kout. (Photo: DSME)

According to a recent BIMCO Shipping Market Analysis, the global tanker market remains a bright spot in the global shipping market, with demand staying high. Below is a synopsis of the report's latest findings.   More than anything else


BIMCO: Container Shipping Faces Low Supply Growth

CSCL Globe on sea trials. (Photo: Hyundai Heavy Industries)

While the containershipping market continues to welcome a fleet of modern, mammoth efficient ships to the fold, it will struggle in 2016 with low supply growth that will test its mettle, according to a recent analysis from BIMCO. Overall, container volumes being moved around the world have grown


Statoil's LNG Price for Lithuania to Fall by a Third

Photo: Klaipeda LNG Terminal

 Liquefied natural gas (LNG) price from Norwegian company Statoil ASA for Lithuania is set to fall by more than one-third and the Klaipeda LNG terminal's maintenance costs are to decline by around 23% after Lithuania's gas trade company Litgas completed talks with the Norwegian supplier on a


Boxship Fleet Growth is Slowest in 25 Years

A large, modern containership underway. (credit: UASC)

Global container ship capacity is expected to increase by 4.6 percent in 2016, the slowest growth rate in more than 25 years, giving some relief to an industry hammered by oversupply, consultancy firm Alphaliner forecast on Tuesday. Freight rates have plunged


India Fosters Growth in its Maritime Sector

Union Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari delivering the keynote Address Pic BCCI

The Indian government’s has been going all out to put the growth of the Indian maritime Industry on a fast track by opening up a host of opportunities, offering goodies and putting in place new facilities. Setting the tone for his keynote address at the 9th Biennial International Conference


Stolt-Nielsen Profits Dip

Photo Stolt Tankers

Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Børs: SNI) today reported unaudited results for the fourth quarter ended November 30, 2015. Net profit attributable to shareholders in the fourth quarter was $21.4 million, with revenue of $494.6 million, compared with a net profit of $30


Iran Slowly Offloads Stockpiled Oil

Iran is slowly winding down stocks of oil stored on tankers close to its shores and the process is likely to take longer than Tehran had wanted, despite the lifting of international sanctions this month. The pace of sales taken from floating storage highlights the difficulties Iran is facing






 
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