Suezmax Tankers: Lifeline Ahead?

MarineLink.com
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Tankship image courtesy of Torm

Despite the firming of broader demand fundamentals short-term, the Suezmax sector still faces more wild cards that other sectors in the years ahead, considers Poten & Partners in a recent Market Opinion from their Commodity Consulting & Analytics department. Excerpts follow:

Last week, the Suezmax sector finally began to cash in on the freight rate gains exhibited by their larger VLCC cousins over the past two months.

Historically, these two markets have tended to move in tandem since both vessel sizes service West African export requirements. Because cargoes in West Africa are generally stemmed in one million barrel parcels, charterers can arbitrage the differential in freight rates by co-loading two cargoes on one VLCC instead of chartering two Suezmaxes.

As a result, strong VLCC rates have allowed for upward movements in Suezmax rates. While this current uptick in freight rates might merely be seasonally-lived, longer-term positives exist for this semi-slighted sector.

Two additional factors helping to drive the Suezmax market outside of the general correlation with VLCCs are the growth in exports from West Africa to the East and a potential balancing of the orderbook against possible demolition candidates aged 15 years or older that is likely to take place in the next few years.

Suezmax fleet excess unlikely
From a supply perspective, the best news for existing Suezmax owners is the small size of the orderbook relative to the number of vessels 15 years or older. The current orderbook amounts to a little more than 10% of the 440 ship fleet; however, 13% of the fleet is 15 years or older suggesting that there may be slight contraction in the fleet over the next several years.

The development of new trade patterns, particularly those with longer voyages, has led to unpredictable regional availability; bucking monthly and seasonal trends for supply and demand. At the end of the day it will be the moderation of tonnage supply will be the most important factor in supporting rates going forward.

 Source: Poten & Partners
www.poten.com
 

 

 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter June 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Norwegian Unions Say 755 O&G Workers Could Strike

About 755 Norwegian workers on seven oil and gas fields could go on strike from Saturday, hitting output from western Europe's top producer, if a new wage deal is not agreed before a Friday deadline,

Day of Seafarer: ICS Highlights Seafarers Role in Migrant Rescues

Gerardo Borromeo, Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) took the opportunity today to highlight the courage that is currently being displayed by seafarers,

“Twiggy” Baker Wins BWT Puerto Escondido Challenge

Grant “Twiggy” Baker (ZAF) claimed victory today at the Puerto Escondido Challenge, besting a field of 24 of the world’s best big wave surfers in towering 20-to-35

Tanker Trends

Tanker Crewman Medevaced off Virginia

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an ailing crew member Saturday from a tanker off Virginia Beach.   Coast Guard watchstanders at the 5th District Command Center

Chemical Tanker Runs Aground off Alaska

A 599-foot Norway flagged chemical tanker Champion Ebony ran aground near Nunivak Island, Alaska on June 24.   U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders

VL-exit?

Earlier this week spot returns in the VLCC market touched their lowest level since October 2014, with TCE earnings for Middle East/Japan (TD3) falling close to $20,

Finance

Morocco Sells 40% Stake in Port Operator in IPO

The Moroccan government raised 1.94 billion dirhams ($197 million) by selling a 40 percent stake in state-owned port operator Marsa Maroc in the country's first initial public offering this year,

Panamax Vessel Demand Keeps Baltic Index Up

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday for a fourth straight session as higher demand

Panama Opens Canal Extension Amid Risk, Cost Issues

Panama opened the long-delayed $5.4 billion expansion of its shipping canal amid cheering crowds on Sunday, despite looming economic uncertainty in the shipping

Logistics

Matson Launches US West Coast - South Pacific Service

Matson’s new South Pacific Express will link Pacific networks via Honolulu    U.S. carrier in the Pacific Matson, Inc. has introduced a new containership service between the U.

Huge Coke Drums Shipped from Spain to Louisiana

Intermarine, LLC, transporter of project, breakbulk and heavylift cargo, said it has transported four coke drums on the MV Ocean Freedom from Gijon, Spain, to New Orleans, La.

Panamax Vessel Demand Keeps Baltic Index Up

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday for a fourth straight session as higher demand

 
 
Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators
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: 0.1046 sec (10 req/sec)