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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.


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


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.


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


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)


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 Luxembourg Sold, to Undergo FPSO Conversion

Luxembourg (Photo courtesy of Euronav)

Euronav NV today announced that it has sold its oldest double-hulled VLCC Luxembourg (1999 – 299,150 dwt), for $28 million (USD). The vessel is wholly owned by Euronav. The capital gain on that sale of about $6 million will be recorded at delivery. The net cash proceeds available to Euronav after the mandatory repayment of its debt obligation will be $5 million. The vessel is foreseen to be delivered to its new owner between May 1


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


Kuwait Eyes Ports Growth

Image: Kuwait Oil Tanker Company

The Kuwait government is eyeing for its port sector’s growth as this will boost growth at the Gulf state’s ports, both though spending on the infrastructure projects and boosting imports of containerized goods, reports Customs Today. 


Shipbuilding, Repair and Conversion: Brazil's Quick Fix

Vard Promar shipyard in Pernambuco at night. (Photo: Vard Promar)

The growth trend continues in the Brazilian shipbuilding industry, a trend that has been relatively constant during the last five year. While shipbuilding is ‘ship shape,’ the reality of the Brazilian ship repair industry is somewhat muddled


China Exim Bank, SWS Sign $312m Financing Deal

Picture Courtesy: Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding  (SWS), a  yard owned by the industrial conglomerate China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has secured a US$312million loan from the Export-Import Bank of China to build three 18,000 teu containerships. 


Tighter Supertanker Market Impacts Asian Fuel Supplies

The window to sell Western fuel oil to Asia is starting to close as demand for a limited fleet of supertankers to store cheap crude pushes freight rates to multi-month highs, shipping and trade sources said. Crude prices have fallen nearly 60 percent since June and


Russia's Shipping Major Reports Strong 1H 2014

Tankship: Photo SCF

OAO Sovcomflot (SCF Group), Russia’s largest shipping company and a global leader in seaborne energy transportation and offshore services, has announced its financial and operating results for the six months ended 30 June 2014.   Highlights:


ClassNK Head Attends KOTC Delivery Ceremony

Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Chief Executive Officer of KOTC (left), with Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK

Noboru Ueda, Chairman and President of ClassNK attended the delivery ceremony for the M/T Al Yarmouk, constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) and delivered to Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. S.A.K. (KOTC) in Geoje, Korea on August 25, 2014.


OW Bunker Delivers Significant Time Savings

Photo courtesy of OW Bunker

Time of bunkering process significantly reduced providing savings of thousands of dollars per day. OW Bunker has announced significant efficiency benefits following the commencement of distributing fuel oil with an MPA-approved (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore) Coriolis Flow Meter


Mideast Crude Tanker Rates Near 3-month Low

Crude oil tanker earnings on the major Middle East route fell to their lowest in nearly three months as a slowdown in business in recent days battered rate sentiment. The world's benchmark VLCC export route from the Middle East Gulf (MEG) to Japan <DFRT-ME-JAP> on Monday reached W37


Euronav Announces $340m Credit Facility

The executive committee of Euronav NV announced that it has signed a new $340 million senior secured credit facility led by ING Bank NV acting as sole Bookrunner and together with Citibank NA, Danish Ship Finance A/S, DnB Bank ASA and KBC Bank NV acting as Mandated Lead Arrangers whilst Belfius


PDVSA Charters Another Algerian Crude Cargo

Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA has hired a supertanker to load a second 2 million-barrel cargo of Algerian crude, according to preliminary tanker fixture data. Venezuela will start importing light crude this month with a shipment of Algerian Saharan Blend scheduled to arrive at its


Ship Emissions: Chevron Lube Gains Key Approval

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A new Chevron Marine Lubricants 100 BN cylinder oil, which is designed to offer ship owners the ability to achieve the latest emissions legislation, has received full sign off from a key engine maker.  Chevron Marine Products LLC launched its Taro Special HT 100 lubricant earlier this year


ClassNK Registered Al Kout Delivered to KOTC

(L to R) M. Koichi Murata (ClassNK), Mr S Boonan, Ambassador of Republic of Korea to the State of Kuwait Sheik Talal  Al-Sabah, CEO of KOTC Mr SF Gilani (ClassNK)

  Leading classification society ClassNK announced that it has completed work on the 165,178GT VLCC Al Kout, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME) as part of a series of vessels constructed for the Kuwait Oil Tanker Company S.A.K. (KOTC)


Asia VLCC Rates Could Could Climb Even More

Owners see rates climb by nearly $22,000 per day; Rates could peak as more tonnage comes free. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes could nudge higher amid a flurry of new cargoes and tighter tonnage supply that propelled rates to their highest in nine months


Larger Tankers May Offer Better Return Chances

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Investors looking for returns in the tanker markets can invest their capital in a variety of ways. Should an owner invest in a VLCC or an Aframax? How about an LR2 or an MR2? What is the historical rate of return for these tankers? Which tanker class is the riskiest? These questions face owners


Navios Acquisition Announces Fleet Update

Photo courtesy: Navios

Tanker vessel owner and operator Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation announced the delivery and employment of one VLCC and one MR2 product tanker and the employment of one VLCC and two product tankers. VLCCs The Nave Synergy, a 2010 Japanese-built VLCC of 299,973 dwt






 
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