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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


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


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)


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


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 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


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


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.


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


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


Are Tankers Going the Distance?

Graph:  Poten & Partners

 What is happening to the average voyage length of crude oil tankers? Tanker market pundits are continuously discussing the reasons for the strength of the market, especially since the world is experiencing only modest demand growth. What are the key drivers for the significant increases in


Euronav to Acquire Metrostar VLCCs

Photo: Euronav

 The world’s largest listed crude-tanker operator Euronav is planning to buy 18 tankers for around $1.2 billion in one of the biggest deals involving oil carriers this year, reports WSJ.   The reports says that Euronav is in advanced discussions with Greece’s Metrostar to


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


Tanker Market Full Streams Ahead, Says OPEC

Monthly averages of crude oil spot freight rates. Graph by OPEC

 The dirty tanker market enjoyed a general improving sentiment in May for vessels in all reported classes on the back of high tonnage demand and increased activities.    Clean tanker freight rates declined on average, mainly as freight rates reported on the West of Suez were weak


Supertankers Set to Take North Sea Crude to Asia in June

As many as four VLCC tankers could take North Sea crude oil to Asia this month, shipping fixtures show, after an Atlantic Basin supply glut forced prices to multi-year lows. The Samco Europe, Bunga Kasturi Empat, Britanis and Starlight Venture VLCCs - very large crude carriers - have been lined


Navios to Sell Two VLCCs

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, an owner and operator of tanker vessels, has announced  that it has agreed to sell the C. Dream, a 2000-built VLCC of 298,570 dwt, and the Nave Celeste, a 2003-built VLCC of 298,717 dwt, to Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P


Bahri Goes to Hyundai Samho for Five More VLCCs

Image: National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri)

 Immediately after signing contract with signed with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to build five VLCCs, with an option to build additional five VLCCs, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) signed a contract with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to build additional five VLCCs


NITC Tankers Chart Western Course

Sourena is a FSU for Iranian crude export located in the Persian Gulf, south of Iran. Photo: NITC

 Iran’s largest shipping company NITC, the privatized Iranian shipping company, is in talks for permission to sail in Western waters, says a report in WSJ.   NITC has amassed the world’s largest fleet of super tankers and is in talks to sail back into western waters should


NITC Claims World's Largest Supertanker Fleet

Photo: National Iranian Tanker Company

 According to the head of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), Iran has 42 very large crude carriers or VLCCs, each able to carry 2 million barrels of oil, reports Press TV.   NITC has recently announced that after buying 20 oil tanker from China during the last two and half


CMES Rides High on Hope

Image: CMES

China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES), a Chinese international oil tanker operator, projects doubled profit in the first half of 2015 from a year ago.    The Shanghai-listed Chinese ship-owner predicted on Friday that its net profits attributable to its shareholders would rise 110-130


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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