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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Seaonal Surges Not Enough To Lift Rates From Depression

Sustained strong oil demand growth is required to lift product tanker freight rates out of their current depressed levels, shipbroker Simpson Spence & Young said in a new report. Temporary seasonal surges could be seen in rates but it would take until the northern hemisphere winter of 2000-2001 before the sector experienced a sustained rise in earnings, SSY said in its latest half yearly World Oil tanker Trends report. "The only factor that can lift the product trade out of the gloom is sustained and strong oil demand growth," SS&Y reported. Positive signs were seen in current global oil demand, SS&Y said, but a bloated vessel orderbook precluded near term recovery.

Tanker Trends

Freight rates for crude tankers loading early April in the Middle East were climbing early last week as shipowners held out for higher prices in expectation of heavy vessel fixing, brokers said. VLCC rates to the U.S. Gulf were expected to rise five or more Worldscale points to W62.5-65 ($10.75 per ton) for the next done fixture, some brokers said. Japan shipment prices were also lifting with the latest bookings at W70 ($7.50 per ton), up from W67.5 in the week before. "We believe this week will be heavy for one reason alone, there will be placement of barrels West to alleviate the shortage that the U.S. market is stressing," broker Marinav Shipping & Trading forecast in its March 13 report.

Tanker Trends: Markets Lose Steam During Asian Holidays

Tanker markets cooled as Asian holidays took the steam out of recent strength, but some brokers saw it starting to simmer again last week. Holidays in Japan and Korea this week coincided with the end of most charterers' May programs, brokers said May 5. Approximately 18 VLCC fixtures of five million tons were reported in the Middle East Gulf, down from 22 of six million tons the week before, according to broker E.A. Gibsons. "However, there was sufficient momentum in the market to maintain rates at their previous levels," Gibsons said. With modern tonnage remaining in tight supply it was reasonable to expect rates to stay at current levels or even improve over the next few weeks, it added.

Tanker Trends

Strong demand for VLCC tankers in the Middle East failed to create a massive breakout in rates, but owners were happy as bunker fuel prices continued to fall, brokers said early last week. Expectations that a lack of modern tonnage would hike rates for mid-April oil major-approved vessels failed to come true. An Exxon cargo for Singapore lifting from three Mideast ports finally got done at the going rate of W77.5 (about $5.00 per ton) after early week offers of W100 had excited dreams W87.5 ($5.50) could be achieved. Other eastern rates held ground or crept up with the average for Japan W77.5 ($8.50 per ton) and W75 ($7.00) for South Korea. Western prices also inched up to around W65 ($11.25 per ton) for the U.S. Gulf while Red Sea fixtures achieved W72.5-75.

Teekay Offshore Bags North Sea Shuttle Tanker Contracts

Courtesy Teekay Offshore Partners

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. (Teekay Offshore or the Partnership) (NYSE:TOO) announced today that it has been awarded new three-year shuttle tanker contracts of affreightment (CoA), plus extension options, with BP plc, Royal Dutch Shell and OMV Group, to transport the oil produced from the new Glen Lyon FPSO which is part of the Quad204 development located west of Shetland in the North Sea. The CoAs are expected to commence in the first half of 2017 with the requirement for approximately two shuttle tankers.

MAN's G-Type Engine Notches 1,500 Orders

Illustration of the G80ME-C9 engine (Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo)

Just six years after its introduction, MAN Diesel & Turbo has confirmed an order for the 1,500th G-type engine. Greek ship operator, Almi Tankers, will take delivery of the ultra-long-stroke 7G80ME-C9 type as prime movers for the two 317,000-dwt VLCC to be built by HHI (Hyundai Heavy Industries Group) in Korea. Coincidentally, Almi Tankers also placed the order for the very first Gtype engine. The crude carriers are due for delivery in, respectively, February and April, 2018. In both instances, the engine is Tier III-compatible.

Shipping’s Half Year Report – “Must Do Better”

Graph: Clarksons Research

With the spread of challenges facing the industry, it’s unlikely the shipping markets would achieve many top grades, says Clarksons Research. However some sectors might still achieve an “A” for effort and this week’s analysis reviews the markets’ performance in the first half. The Graph compares performance in the first half of 2016 to the averages since the financial crisis, as a barometer of performance against trend. First on the graph is the ClarkSea Index, our average earnings index covering all major sectors, which is 18% down on the average since 2009 and 30% compared to 1H 2015.

Fitch: Maersk Gets Little Solace from Sectoral Diversification

Photo: Maersk Line

The decision by A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S to split into two separate divisions - Transport & Logistics and Energy - reflects the challenging fundamentals in the sectors in which it operates, and diminishing counter-cyclical benefits of operating in them in the current economic cycle, Fitch Ratings says. We do not expect the split to significantly improve the performance of the group's separate units, although the increased focus may help long-term strategy execution. We believe…

Despite Rising US Production, Saudi Crude Still Flows In

Saudi crude & the US market: Chart courtesy of Poten & Partners

Reported spot market activity from the Arabian Gulf remains on an upward trend since 2010 in spite of rising US crude production, reports Poten & Partners’ in their latest ‘Tanker Opinions’. Over the past few years US domestic crude oil production has supplanted foreign crude oil imports. To the extent that they possibly can, domestic refiners have shifted to local grades that have trended at an often significant price discount. Interestingly, however, fixture activity on the Arabian Gulf to US Gulf trade route remains robust.

NASSCO Delivers Fourth Product Tanker to APT

Bay State underway during sea trials in September 2016 (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered Bay State, the fourth of five new Jones Act ECO Class product carriers under contract with American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The vessel was delivered on Monday, September 26 during a signing ceremony at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The ECO Class design Bay State is a 610-foot-long, 50,000 deadweight-ton, LNG-conversion-ready product tanker with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The ship’s construction began in May 2015. “The Bay State is the product of world-leading design…

Newbuild Contracts at Lowest Level in 20 Years -BIMCO

(Photo: Robert Kunkel)

Shipyards have become the next victim of the deteriorating conditions in the dry bulk, container and offshore markets as 2016 looks to set the record for the lowest newbuilding contracts in more than 20 years, according to international shipping association Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO). After a decline from 2010 to 2012, shipbuilding had a rebound in 2013 and was expected to level out over the next few years. The reality was a slight decline in 2014 and 2015, but still high levels of contracting measured by compensated gross tonnage (CGT).

Inland Shipping Company Jade Orders Tanker

Inland shipping company Jade ordered a tanker with a loading capacity of 10,000 tons. The inland vessel will be 135 m. long, 20 m. wide, gets a draught of 4.2 m and contains 28 tanks. It will be deployed on the Rhine. So far some six tankers of a comparable large size are ordered or in use, indicating a trend of upscaling of the inland tanker business.

Banking Sector Feels The Effects Of Consolidation

The number of major banks involved in the shipping industry has decreased substantially over the last few years. According to Michael Parker, managing director of Citibank, this is just one of many sectors hit by the ongoing consolidation trend in the shipping arena. "Banks can not live on interest margin alone without a substantial rise in spreads. They are having to look for other revenues/fees," said Parker, speaking at the LSE Shipping Finance Conference in London on November 14-15, 2000. Mergers in the banking sector such as Chase and JP Morgan, and Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest, are illustrative of the fever of consolidation that has also spread into the bulk, P&I, classification, ports and e-commerce sectors.

Fire on Pemex Tanker in Gulf of Mexico

A fire broke out on an oil tanker of Mexican state oil company Pemex in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, forcing all the crew to be evacuated in the latest accident to plague the struggling firm. The blaze on the tanker "Burgos" occurred off the coast of Boca del Rio in Veracruz state and all the crew were safe, Pemex said in a tweet. Mexico's Navy said there were 31 crew members and that all had returned to port. Images tweeted by Pemex showed the vessel giving off plumes of smoke as another boat hosed the tanker. Early on Saturday evening, Pemex said that firefighting teams were still working to put out the blaze. The tanker was carrying 80,000 barrels of diesel and 70,000 barrels of gasoline, Mexicos Communications and Transport Ministry said.

Tanker Orders Will Not Be Cancelled

According to a report from Emirates Business 24/7, existing new-build programs in the tanker sector of the shipping industry are expected to go ahead with no fear of cancellations despite the current slowdown in the industry's performance, said a senior executive. While ship orders in other sectors have suffered from unprecedented cancellations due to financial constraints, the relatively stronger position of the tanker sector has helped to prevent a similar trend. (Source: Emirates Business 24/7)

Glimpses of AIS Trends in the PortVision 2014 Crystal Ball

AIS Display: Image Wiki CCL

Houston, Texas-based PortVision, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, shares its projections for the top vessel-tracking trends that it believes will have the greatest impact on the maritime industry during 2014. Trend #1: Improving real-time visibility and decision-making. Advances in AIS-based vessel-tracking tools and technology that move the industry beyond simple “points on a map” to on-demand and immediately actionable business insights and intelligence. Trend #2: Improving marine terminal efficiencies.

The Price Ratio Between Newbuild and Secondhand

Graph: Clarksons Research

Looking at the ratio between newbuild and secondhand prices is a classic method of examining the state of various shipping sectors, says Clarksons Research. But the metrics can be just as revealing at the older end of the market. Trends in the ratio between scrap values and secondhand prices for elderly vessels can shine further light on the health of the shipping markets, and can also have implications for fleet dynamics. Particularly stark signs of the current ill health of the key shipping sectors are apparent in the market dynamics for older units.

MISC Sees Growth Opportunities

Amidst fears of a tanker glut, MISC Bhd sees growth opportunities in the tanker business. President and chief executive officer Datuk Shamsul Azhar Abbas said shipping was a cyclical business and industry players recognized that there would be opportunities to expand during a downturn. An increase in oil prices, a number of new tankers transporting crude oil and increasing size of oil tankers fleet worldwide had raised concerns among the shipping fraternity of a potential tanker glut. It was reported that the size of the oil tanker fleet expanded 3.8% this year, overwhelming the 1.7% growth in in crude oil demand estimated by the International Energy Agency.

Tanker Euphoria Drives Ratings Bump

The cyclical nature of the tanker market continues its trend upward, a development which has Lazard & Freres & Co. stamping both Nordic American Tankers (ASE: NAT) and Knightsbridge Tankers Ltd. In a pair of separate corporate profiles released June 29, Lazard & Freres’ James L. In accordance with this information, Winchester has raised VLCCF’s 2000 dividend estimate to $2.32 from $2.29, a dividend which implies of yield of 11.9%. There are a myriad of factors driving the current VLCC surge, chief among them increased oil production and a lack of qualified tonnage. Oil production was boosted by a 708,000 bpd rise in OPEC quota, agreed June 21 to help keep oil pricing in the desired $22-$28 range.

Shipping industry market trends for 2014 - John Nikolaou

John Nikolaou

Greek shipowners have returned to the top of the global shipping economy by controlling a gross tonnage of 164 million tons, overtaking the Japanese on 159.4 million tons. According to Clarksons, this global lead illustrates that Greeks operate much bigger ships because they own 4,984 vessels against 8,537 managed by the Japanese and 6,427 by the Chinese. Japanese have invested huge funds during the past decade which resulted in significant losses during the crisis, while Greeks proved to be more conservative during the period of industry growth and had less negative impact on them.

Philly Shipyard Lays Keel for Kinder Morgan Product Tanker

Photo: Philly Shipyard

Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, held a ceremonial Keel Laying for the third product tanker in a four vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary. Keeping with long held shipbuilding tradition, coins were placed on one of the keel blocks before the 650 ton unit was lowered into place in the dry dock. Representatives from Philly Shipyard and Kinder Morgan were in attendance to place the coins as a sign of good fortune and safe travels.

NASSCO Christens 4th ECO Class Tanker

Photo courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO Christens Fourth ECO Class ECO Product Carrier for American Petroleum Tankers. On Saturday, September 17, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a christening ceremony for the fourth ECO Class tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. U.S. Representative Juan Vargas spoke at the ceremony, and the ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Melissa DeVeau, christened the ship with the traditional break of a champagne bottle alongside the ship.

D’Amico Sees Q1 Net Profit of $11.4Mln

Image: D'Amico International Shipping

Italy-listed D'Amico International Shipping (DIS) made a net profit of $11.4m in the first quarter, reversing its net loss of $6.8m last year, as the product tanker freight market improved. The board of the product tanker owner on Wednesday approved first quarter 2015 results of base time charter revenues (TCE) of $77 million. "Our company has achieved net profits of $11.4 million thanks to a fast-growing tanker market," said CEO Marco Fiori. "The tanker market has improved significantly in the first quarter of 2015…

 

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