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Asia Tanker, VLCC Rates Could Climb

Charterers to release 30 Middle East VLCC cargoes next week. VLCC market buoyed by upbeat Suezmax, Aframax sectors. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes are set to continue the rebound that started on Wednesday with a raft of new cargo requirements and upbeat sentiment, brokers said. Brokers anticipated charterers would ramp up the number of VLCC cargoes from the Middle East to be loaded in the first 10 days of December. "There will be the best part of 30 cargoes to fix next week which is going to change everything," said a Singapore-based VLCC broker on Friday. "The market will certainly be firm if it doesn't run away with itself," the broker said. Charterers have drip-fed cargoes over the last three weeks, pushing rates lower. But the smaller Suezmax and Aframax tanker sectors had become busier this week, with Suezmax rates from West Africa rising to their highest level since January, Norwegian broker Fearnley said in a note on Wednesday. This had buoyed sentiment among VLCC owners. Singapore Petroleum Corp paid 51.50 on the Worldscale measure to fix the 301,045 dwt (deadweight tonne) Koho 1 for a voyage from the Middle East to Singapore, which was slightly above the market rate, according to Reuters chartering data. "When the tanker markets are all aligned like that it's a strong story for owners," the broker said.

CMES Q1 Profit Surges on Strong VLCC Earnings

Pic: China Merchants Energy Shipping

 China Merchants Energy Shipping has posted 22.6% on-year growth in net profit to Yuan225m ($36.3m) during the first quarter ended 31 March 2015 due to buoyant tanker markets.   Revenue for the quarter more than doubled to RMB1.36bn from YuanB660.44m a year ago.   “In the first quarter of 2015, freight rates for the VLCC market were on average higher compared to the first quarter of 2014. The dry bulk shipping market hit bottom in January this year

BWTS Fitting on Japanese VLCC a First

MOL VLCC: Image credit MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) plan to install a ballast water treatment system on an in-service very large crude oil carrier (VLCC). This will be the first such onboard system installed by any Japanese shipowner on an existing VLCC. The company chose the JFE Ballast Ace system developed by JFE Engineering Corporation. The installation will take place while the vessel is docked from March through April. Ballast water discharged while loading/discharging cargo carries marine organisms

Gulf Navigation to Buy Supertanker

According to a January 3 report from Gulf News, Gulf Navigation Holding confirmed its acquisition of a very large crude carrier (VLCC). The vessel, built in 2006 and with a 300,000 deadweight tonne capacity, can carry up to two million barrels of oil.The Gulf Eyadah will join the operator's other VLCC, Gulf Sheba, which was delivered in late 2007. (Source: Gulf News)

Chinese Petroleum Corp. Exercises VLCC Tender

Taiwan's state-owned Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC) has bought two very large crude carriers (VLCC) of West African crudes via its September tender, a company official said on Thursday. The volumes were below CPC's usual purchase of three to four VLCCs per month. Each VLCC can load up to two million barrels each. "We have high inventories and not so much requirement," the CPC official said. The details of the tender, which closed on Monday, were still unclear.

TEN Acquires VLCC

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) recently acquired the 299,700 dwt double hull VLCC M/T Maersk Estelle, built in Denmark in 1994, from the AP Moller / Maersk Group. Initially, this vessel will participate in the current strong spot market while the Company considers opportunities for longer-term employment. TEN will assume ownership of the vessel during the later part of January 2004. "We are very excited about this latest addition to our fleet of young and environmentally friendly

VLCC Rates

Eastbound VLCC freight that nearly topped W200 in November is now firmly mired beneath W100. "The market's really lost its way, but much of that is just down to sentiment," said one London tanker broker. Wednesday's fixture lists showed a number of deals hovering around the W100 mark, and even the very modern New Circassia accepted W101 from Stasco for an eastbound trip. Friday's fixture list however, showed the slightly older Musashi Spirit had been fixed at W90 to Japan

Frontline & TI form new VLCC Company

Frontline Management (Bermuda) Ltd., and Cyprus-based Tankers International LLC (TI) have started a new company named VLCC Chartering Ltd.,

  Frontline Management (Bermuda) Ltd. and Tankers International LLC (TI) today announced the formation of a new company, VLCC Chartering Ltd ('the Company').  The aims of the Company will be: *to create a larger fleet with more flexibility and more options for cargo owners and a single point of contact to access  these benefits; *to reduce voyage related expenses and thereby improve the net earnings (TCE) of the Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) operated by both owning

Hellespont Places Order With Samsung

Piraeus-based Hellespont Shipping Corp. has contracted Samsung Heavy Industries for the first two vessels in a new class of VLCC's. The contract also calls for the option to build two optional ships - with delivery beginning in the last quarter 2001. With a lightweight of 46,500-tons, the vessels will form a new standard for large tanker strength and speed - while equipped with various features. The ABS and LR-approved structures and scantlings will be 10 percent in excess of both rules.

MISC Buys Aframax Tankers

MISC Bhd has bought four Aframax tankers from Japan's Tsuneishi Corp for $260m. The first unit of the 107,500-deadweight tonnage (DWT) tankers will be delivered in 2009, while the rest in 2010, MISC said in a statement. It added that the continuous expansion of MISC's petroleum fleet under American Eagle Tankers (AET), supported by regional offices in London, Singapore and Houston will provide it with the critical mass to better serve its customers globally.

VLCC Tankers on the Upside on Stronger Demand

Graph: Charles R.Weber

 The VLCC market continued to strengthen this week with sentiment supported by both stronger demand and expectations for the October Middle East and West Africa programs to rise substantially from September levels, according to Charles R.Weber Weekly.  

Gener8 Maritime Acquires ECO VLCC

ECO VLCC of Gener8 Maritime

Gener8 Maritime, Inc. involved in international seaborne crude oil transportation services, today announced that it took delivery of the ECO VLCC Gener8 Neptune from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering on September 11, 2015. 

The Tanker Orderbook: A Heavy Tome Or A Light Novella?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 The recent firm sentiment across much of the tanker market has supported relatively significant ordering levels, which has taken the combined crude and products orderbook to 670 vessels of a combined 82.4m dwt at the start of September, equivalent to 17% of the fleet and 13

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.

China Merchants Group, Sinotrans Deny Merger

Image: China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd.

 China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of China Merchants Group, on Friday denied media reports that China Merchants Group would merge with Sinotrans & CSC Holdings Co., Ltd.   CMES, an ocean transporter of crude oil and other energy sources

China’s Crisis Not Impacting Tanker Market

Graph: Gibson Consultancy and Research

 In its latest weekly report, London-based shipbroker Gibson noted on China that “certainly, Chinese manufacturers have lost their appetite for commodities which has impacted heavily on demand for coal, iron ore and copper with an obvious impact on the dry cargo market.   

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

MODEC FPSO Achieves First off Brazil

FPSO Cidade de Itaguai MV26 (Photo: MODEC)

MODEC, Inc. announced today that its FPSO Cidade de Itaguai MV26, operating in the Iracema Norte area of Lula field, in the Pre-Salt layer of Santos Basin offshore Brazil, has achieved First Oil production on July 31, 2015, five months ahead of the schedule anticipated under the contract.  

Optimistic on VLCC Market

Graphic: Charles R. Weber

 Shipbroker Charles R. Weber is quite optimistic on the future prospects of the VLCC market for 2016 onwards.   The demand is expected to remain elevated with spot voyages generating around 940 bln ton-miles per quarter, on average, during 2016 – around 1

CSDC Profts Soar

Photo: China Shipping Development Co. Ltd

 The bulker and tanker unit of state conglomerate China Shipping Group, China Shipping Development Co (CSDC) has delivered a first half performance which saw its profit spike, exceeding the company's latest forecast.   CSDC has recorded a six-fold increase in profit in the first half

Oman Drydock Company Expands Rapidly

Dr Ahmed Al Abri - Oman Drydock Company Deputy CEO Operations WEB.jpg

Oman Drydock Company (ODC) is growing fast. In January, the yard hit an important milestone - its 300th drydocking. Harnessing the power of its new $1.8 billion, 1.3 million sq. m. shipyard it aims to become a leading shipyard in the Gulf over the next five years

N-KOM: New VLCC Size Floating Dock

Donnelly Tankers vessel inside new VLCC size floating dock

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), the joint-venture shipyard of Keppel Offshore & Marine and Nakilat, continues to see strong interest for its ship repair services in 2015, having already delivered more than 450 projects for shipping and oil and gas companies over the past four

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.

W. Africa Crude: Tenders Brighten Dull Market

Tender deals helped to liven up a lacklustre West African crude oil market on Thursday, though overall demand remained weak.   Indian Oil Corporation bought four cargoes of West African oil, traders said, nibbling at an overhang of unsold September cargoes just a few days before Angola's

SembCorp Bags US$1bn Semi-sub Deal

Image: Sembcorp Marine

 Sembcorp Marine has signed an engineering and construction contract worth about US$1 billion to build the world's largest semi-submersible crane vessel for a unit of Netherlands-based Heerema Offshore Services B.V.    Scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018

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