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Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Will See More Volatility

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VLCC market to be "hot" in Q4 -VLCC broker. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) face a roller-coaster ride on uncertain cargo volumes and vessel supply ahead of a fourth-quarter boom, brokers said. Charter rates, which have rebounded sharply, could fall as more supertankers become available for charter in the last 10 days of this month, a Singapore-based VLCC ship broker said on Friday. Rates from the Middle East to Japan have climbed 17 points on the Worldscale measure after hitting a six-and-a-half year low on Aug. 26. That is equivalent in average earnings of almost $21,000 per day. Supertanker rates from West Africa to China have also recovered. That followed a surge in chartering activity with around 50 eastbound cargoes fixed from the Middle East and West Africa by operators and traders, including the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), and Morgan Stanley, Reuters chartering data showed. Unipec, the trading and shipping arm of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), fixed 20 of these cargoes from the Middle East and West Africa to Asia, mainly China. Many of the early fixtures were older vessels or supertankers chartered straight from dry dock at cheaper rates by owners because otherwise the ships would have to wait for cargo, the broker said. Rates climbed as this supply of prompt tonnage disappeared, although the market may face a similar situation in the next week or so.


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold Steady

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Unipec charters 20 VLCCs for West Africa, MidEast cargoes; China's oil demand to climb 3.4 pct this year - CNPC.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are expected to remain stable next week as buoyant chartering activity from the Middle East is offset by the large number of supertankers available for charter, ship brokers said.   "We're going to see rates holding at current levels," a European supertanker broker said on Friday.  


Supertanker Rates May Jump Next Week

According to a report from Bloomberg, the chartering manager of Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd., an Athens-based operator of supertankers, told Bloomberg that vessel supply is balanced and rates are expected to go from 70 to 75 Worldscale points by next week. (Source: Bloomberg)


Korean Shipbuilder to Pay US$3.5-million Compensation

A Texas appeals court affirms US$3.5-million judgement against Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. The court upheld a jury’s finding that the Korean company wrongfully refused to pay consultants who helped secure a $696 million contract to build supertankers. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals held that the jury’s interpretation of an ambiguous agreement between Daewoo — the world's second largest shipbuilder — and Ikanco Inc


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, with prices a year ahead already quoted about $10 a barrel dearer than now, crude traders have hired up to 20 supertankers to store oil with a view to turning a big profit later.


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Soar on West Africa, MidEast Liftings

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VLCC earnings double in a week. End of force majeure in Nigeria buoys cargo volumes. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to rise further next week, fuelled by a raft of cargoes from West Africa and the Middle East amid tight tonnage supply, ship brokers said on Friday. VLCC freight rates hit a multi-month high on Thursday. "The optimism among owners is punchy - I think the market has legs on it and could easily increase by another 10 points (on the


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Expected to Soften

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MidEast rates slip from two-week high on June 28; raft of new ships and repaired vessels weigh on rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) will continue to soften next week as ample tonnage supply weighs on the market, although a raft of Middle East fixtures are expected to put a floor under charter rates, ship brokers said on Friday. That came as VLCC rates from the Middle East rose to a two-week high on June 28 before slipping slightly


N. Asia Snaps up Russian Crude Oil

Mideast crude freight to Japan highest since 2010. North Asian refiners have snapped up Russian crude oil loading in the last two months of this year to meet peak winter demand as Middle East and West African grades have become more costly after freight rates hit multi-year highs, traders said on Thursday. The freight rate for chartering Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) plying the key Middle East to Japan route <DFRT-ME-JAP> and the West Africa to China route are at the highest in


Supertanker Freight Rates Back on Track

Freight rates for supertankers to Asia, which last week suffered their most serious decline in over two years, have now stabilised and look set to recover, tanker brokers said on Wednesday. One London broker referred to a VLCC fixture, the Lyria, on Monday to South Korea at W47.5 ($0.80 per barrel) as an exception to the market and the lowest point that it would go. "That fixture of the Lyria we can say marks the bottom of the market and we'll see a gradual recovery from here," he said


Oil Glut Leaves Supertankers in a Huge Jam

It may be the world's biggest traffic jam.   As ports struggle to cope with a global oil glut, huge queues of supertankers have formed in some of the world's busiest sea lanes, where some 200 million barrels of crude lies waiting to be loaded or delivered.   The vessels, filled with oil worth around $7.5 billion at current market prices, would stretch for almost 40 km (25 miles) if formed up in one straight line.  


PetroChina Unloads First US SPR Cargo

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PetroChina is this week unloading the first Chinese purchase of crude oil from U.S. strategic petroleum reserves at a port in eastern China, according to shipping data and two industry sources.   The move comes as China, the world's No


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Under Pressure on Oversupply

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Charterers set to split VLCC cargoes if owners push rates higher.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are coming under pressure from a build up in ships waiting for new charters and depressed rates in smaller tanker sizes, brokers said on Friday.  


Firmer MidEast, WAfrica Sentiment Supports VLCC Rates

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Middle East rates helped by fewer old vessels; about 96 MidEast cargoes fixed, 25 to come.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could rise next week on firm sentiment in the Middle East and West Africa markets but higher oil prices and fewer floating storage opportunities


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Flat as Old and New Ships Compete

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MidEast-Asia rates likely to remain flat until August; paper derivative trades show no uptick until October.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain flat next week, a situation that could well last until August, brokers said on Friday.  


Updated ShipArrestor System Delivered to NCA

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An improved and upgraded version of the Miko Marine ShipArrestor system has been delivered to the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA).  The system has been developed to give nations the ability to protect their coastlines from the danger of ships that have lost engine power and from the


Frontline Expects VLCC Storage Play to Rise

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Tanker firm Frontline, controlled by billionaire investor John Fredriksen, expects a growing number of supertankers to be used for storing crude in anticipation of higher oil prices, its chief executive told Reuters on Friday.   While none of Frontline's own vessels are currently used for


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Plateau, Could Edge Higher

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Floating storage, West Africa cargoes support rates; further storage charters may push rates to W60.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which were supported this week by a shift to using older vessels for floating oil storage


ABB Software Aids Supertankers Entering Port of Long Beach

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Supertankers entering the Port of Long Beach will use ABB’s marine software to produce real-time data of the keel-to-seabed clearance, improving the safety and efficiency of the operations.   Sensors fitted to Tesoro vessels will send information to a Portable Surveyor Box (PSB)


Asian Crude Storage Trend Impacts OPEC Cuts

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Current markets make it profitable to store oil for future sale; many tankers sitting around Singapore storing oil.   A 10-percent decline in oil prices since late May could push traders to keep crude in storage, looking to sell down the line when forward prices are higher.  


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Await Market Pointers

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Gulf tensions fail to ignite VLCC market; owners waiting for July MidEast cargoes that could buoy rates.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) face an uncertain week, possibly coming under pressure from a dearth of new Middle East cargoes but they could also find support


Oil's Price Fall Stalls Despite Supply Glut

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Brent down 12 pct since OPEC-led production cut extension.   Oil prices steadied on Friday after steep falls earlier in the week under pressure from widespread evidence of a fuel glut despite efforts led by OPEC to tighten the market.  


Tankers Load Qatari Crude as Crisis Eases

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Two VLCCs co-load Qatari, Abu Dhabi grades; impact of shipping restriction less severe than expected.   Exports of Qatari crude oil have not been hindered by a port ban imposed by other Gulf states as tankers are loading Qatari grades along with cargoes from the United Arab Emirate


Qatari Export Costs to Rise as Port Ban Disrupts Trading

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Region's largest bunkering hub shuns Qatari vessels; affected shippers may face delays, higher costs.   The costs of Qatari energy and commodity exports are likely to rise as the United Arab Emirates' ban on Qatari vessels cuts the ships off from the region's main refuelling port


VLCC Rates Steady Ahead of Possible Rebound

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Five/six charterers are making storage inquiries; near-term pressure on tanker rates to continue - Frontline CEO.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to hold around the current levels ahead of a possible bounce later this month on renewed crude buying from China


Full Tanks & Tankers: A Stubborn Oil Glut Despite OPEC Cuts

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After the first OPEC oil production cut in eight years took effect in January, oil traders from Houston to Singapore started emptying millions of barrels of crude from storage tanks.   Investors hailed the drawdowns as the beginning of the end of a two-year supply glut - raising hopes for






 
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