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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.


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.  


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


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)


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.


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


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


Shipping Confidence on the Rise -Moore Stephens

Greiner Richard (Photo: Moore Stepehens)

Shipping confidence, notably on the part of charterers and managers, improved for the second successive quarter in the three months to end-August 2016, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.  


RBS Says Starts Winding Down Shipping Business

The Royal Bank of Scotland has begun winding down its global shipping finance business, it said on Tuesday, ending efforts to sell it amid a worsening downturn across the freight industry.   Chief Executive Ross McEwan is battling to complete a restructuring


Iron: Implications in Shipping

Graph: Clarksons Research

Clarksons Research says that iron-based materials such as steel are used incredibly widely in the world’s industries today, with clear implications for shipping too.   The versatility and strength of steel has made it today’s most important construction material, with 1


Freight Rates in Europe-ECSA Trade Continue Declines

Preliminary data; All data includes dry, reefer and tank cargoes Source Datamar

Container volumes from North Europe and the Mediterranean to the East Coast of South America have now fallen in 26 of the previous 28 months, with the latest statistics from Datamar showing that shipments fell by 8% year-on-year in July. It is the smaller Med to ECSA trade that continues to


German Banks Count Cost of Global Shipping Crisis

Photo: Hanjin Shipping

German banks are struggling to recoup tens of billions of dollars of loans as a global shipping industry slump hits them hard.   The lenders - among the biggest backers of shipowners over the past 20 years - are behind up to a quarter of the world's $400 billion of outstanding shipping loans


Long Beach Exports Up, Overall Volumes Down

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Port of Long Beach container throughput lagging behind record-setting 2015   August exports surged 14.8 percent through the Port of Long Beach compared to the same month in 2015, but lower imports drove overall volumes down, the port reported.  


Matson Closes $200 Mln Debt Private Placement

Matson, Inc. announced the issuance of $200 million in privately placed 15-year final maturity senior unsecured notes pursuant to a previously announced commitment letter on July 18, 2016. The notes will have a weighted average life of approximately 8.5 years and will bear interest at a rate of 3


Perishable Reefer Trade Growth to Remain Strong

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Despite many adversities for the maritime sector over the last year, seaborne perishable reefer trade increased in 2015 – and is forecast to grow further still in 2016.    By 2020, seaborne reefer cargo will reach a staggering 120 million tonnes – increasing by an


Newbuild Contracts at Lowest Level in 20 Years -BIMCO

(Photo: Robert Kunkel)

 Shipyards have become the next victim of the deteriorating conditions in the dry bulk, container and offshore markets as 2016 looks to set the record for the lowest newbuilding contracts in more than 20 years, according to international shipping association Baltic and International Maritime


Maersk May Face Crisis: Economist

Photo: Maersk Group

 Shipping industry faces worse storm than after financial crisis. The  industry has been squeezed on both the supply and demand sides: too many vessels have been built and not enough scrapped, while global trade has slowed down.  


Seaborne Trade: How Full Is Your Basket?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research is reflecting on annual projections of seaborne trade that can be useful demand side indicators. However, often it is difficult to get a real understanding of short-term trade trends.    A year ago (SIW 1189) we looked at a ‘basket’ approach


World's Largest Wind Turbines Installed off UK Coast

(Photo: Dong Energy)

Dong Energy has installed the first of the world's largest wind turbines, which are taller and wider than the London Eye, at its Burbo Bank windfarm off the coast of Britain in the Irish Sea, it said on Thursday.   The 32 turbines, made by Vestas


Maersk Sees Rough Seas Ahead

File photo: Maersk Line

The economic slowdown in China and the slump in commodity prices has impacted container trade in South Africa with the dry exports market, made up of mostly mining commodities, declining by 2 percent year-on-year in October and declining by 4 percent over the last quarter.


2016 VLCC Earnings Will Surpass 2014 -BIMCO

Graph source: BIMCO

 Lower growth rates for refinery throughput and drawdowns on swollen oil stocks has impacted the seaborne tanker market negatively. BIMCO expected this to happen.   BIMCO has reduced its forecast for crude oil tanker demolition in 2016: from 5 million DWT to 3 million DWT


DP World Signs MOU With Summa Group In Russia

PJSC Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port. Photo: Summa Group

 Global trade enabler DP World and the Summa Group, a diversified business with significant infrastructure investments in Russia, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore investment opportunities in ports, special economic zones and inland logistics facilities in the Russian






 
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