Tanker Rates Fall

Wednesday, March 21, 2001
Million-barrel tanker trades have been unable to weather a wave of fresh competition from VLCCs in the Atlantic, and rates have started to plummet, brokers said on Wednesday. "A lot of charterers are taking Vs (VLCCs) now, and all the Suezmaxes (million-barrel tankers) are building up with nothing going on in the Med and North Sea," said a London broker. Oslo brokers reported on Wednesday that Sun had chartered the million-barrel North Star for a voyage from Angola to the U.S Atlantic Coast at W147.5, compared to week-ago levels of W180. At the start of the week, freight from Nigeria to the U.S. Gulf was $1.74 per barrel on a VLCC, compared to $2.3 per barrel on a million-barrel tanker, although brokers said on Wednesday that the spread was rapidly narrowing. The biggest effect on rates has been seen on West African trades, but North Sea and Mediterranean trades are also in decline. Wednesday's fixture lists showed thin enquiry on North Sea million-barrel trades, with the Tromso Confidence fixed by Irving for a transatlantic voyage at W177.5, about 30 points down on week-ago levels. London's Baltic Exchange pegged cross-Mediterranean trades on million-barrel tankers at W185, about 12 points down on week-ago levels. - (Reuters)

Legal

SOS from Hanjin Shipping

The creditors' extended help is crucial for survival of Hanjin Shipping Co as its negotiations with owners of chartered ships over a cut in leasing rates and to

Hapag-Lloyd Shareholders Okays Merger with UASC

Hamburg-based ocean carrier Hapag-Lloyd said its shareholders approved all items on the agenda at Annual General Meeting, mainly the  share capital increase needed

Yangzijiang Shipbuilding to Slash 2,000 More Jobs

Chinese shipbuilder Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings Ltd said it plans to cut 2,000 additional jobs, just under 10 percent of its current workforce, stepping up

Tanker Trends

Hellenic Petroleum Profits Rise on Higher Exports

Hellenic Petroleum, Greece's biggest oil refiner, posted a 20 percent rise in second-quarter core profit on Thursday, with higher exports offseting lower refining margins.

Alfa Laval Launches DuroShell LPG/E Cargo Condenser

With the new Alfa Laval DuroShell plate-and-shell heat exchanger, Alfa Laval aims to strengthen its offering in LPG/E cargo reliquefaction with a construction that

Navy Discovers Malaysian Tanker

Indonesia's navy has found a tanker carrying almost US$400,000 worth of diesel that was taken by its own crew last week due to a commercial dispute, says a report in AFP.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0707 sec (14 req/sec)