Med Crude Urals Weaken on April Cargo Overhang

Posted by Eric Haun
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Russian Urals crude weakened on Thursday in a flurry of deals as traders rushed to place end-of-April cargos.

Eni sold a cargo of Urals to Total in the Baltic at dated Brent minus $1.50 for April 20-24 delivery, some 20 cents weaker than previous price estimates. Also in the Baltic, Vitol sold an early May cargo to Shell at dated Brent minus $1.35, traders said.

In the Med, Eni sold a 80,000-tonne, April 26-30 cargo to Total at dated Brent minus 65 cents and Tenergy sold an April 22-26 cargo to Glencore at dated Brent minus 70 cents, traders said. That was 50-60 cents weaker than previous price estimates.

"There was clearly a certain overhang of Urals in the market but maybe the weakening is a bit overdone now," said a trader with a major.

"I'm sure that in the next few days people will start talking about Russian refineries returning from maintenance works, which should see May exports being lower than in April. That should support the market," he added.

In lighter grades, Total bid for CPC at dated Brent minus 35 cents, slightly stronger than on Wednesday, but found no sellers.

CPC Blend loadings are set to fall by 19.7 percent on a daily basis versus the April loading plan, traders said.

The first version of the CPC Blend loading schedule for May showed volumes at 2.777 million tonnes versus 3.345 million in April.

"Higher (April) exports have come on the back of the near-completion of the first phase of expansion of the pipeline," JBC analysts said in a note.

"From a regional perspective, given that China-bound volumes will likely increase over the coming years, the expected uptick in CPC loadings will decrease the amount of crude that Kazakhstan sends to Russia that is blended into Urals."

"Over the longer-term this could deteriorate the quality of the flagship Russian blend as Kazakh crudes are of a better quality than West Siberian output," JBC said.

Russian state-controlled oil producer Gazprom Neft said it had received positive responses from Asian clients about the possibility of using euros as a settlement currency instead of the dollar.

Libya's state National Oil Corp lifted force majeure for the eastern port of Hariga at 1200 local time (1000 GMT) on Thursday, a statement from NOC said. The force majeure on the other recently re-opened port of Zueitina was still in place.

(Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov, editing by David Evans)

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

Jones Act Tanker Chartered for Airline Refinery

Delta Air Lines Inc's refining unit has chartered a U.S.-flagged oil tanker for the first time, allowing it to tap directly into cheap Texas shale oil as the company overhauls its supply strategy.

Horizon Delivers 4th 74’ Towboat for Canal Barge Co.

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has delivered the fourth in a series of 74’ towboats to Canal Barge Company, Inc. of New Orleans, LA.    The Jane

Asia VLCC Rates Could Nudge Higher on Activity

Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian freight routes could hold steady or gain next week as charterers seek to complete their vessel chartering

Finance

Cummins Reports Revenue Jump in Q2 2014

Cummins Inc. reported its results for the second quarter of 2014. According to the report, second quarter revenue of $4.8 billion increased 7 percent from the same quarter in 2013.

GPA Sets Tonnage Record

The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 29 million tons of cargo, 3 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and more than 700,000 auto and machinery units in Fiscal Year 2014.

Diana Shipping Invests in Diana Containerships

Diana Shipping Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase

News

Evergreen Enhances UK and Ireland Services

Global container carrier Evergreen Line announced enhancements to its services to/from Dublin (Ireland) and Liverpool (Northwest England). From its hub in Rotterdam,

SCI Publishes Shore Leave Survey

With Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), 2006 in force, one might expect to see a reduction in the number of seafarers without visas; yet, recent data collected by

Cummins Reports Revenue Jump in Q2 2014

Cummins Inc. reported its results for the second quarter of 2014. According to the report, second quarter revenue of $4.8 billion increased 7 percent from the same quarter in 2013.

Logistics

Evergreen Enhances UK and Ireland Services

Global container carrier Evergreen Line announced enhancements to its services to/from Dublin (Ireland) and Liverpool (Northwest England). From its hub in Rotterdam,

Private Buyers in Iran Look to Boost Grain Market

One sign of change in Iran as it works toward a nuclear deal with world powers is the way it is feeding itself, with private grain firms beginning a slow return

Location of New Port Expansion Projects: Analysis

When it comes to port development, many governments now favour letting the market decide where expansion should take place, whereas most other transport infrastructure,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.1839 sec (5 req/sec)