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China VLCC Sells Two VLCCs

Photo: China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd

China Energy Transport Co., Ltd. (China VLCC) has sold two secondhand VLCCs to an unrelated third party for a total price of $117.5mln.   China VLCC is 51 percent owned by China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) and 49 percent owned by Sinotrans & CSC Group.   It has signed agreements with two Marshall Island-registered companies, Coral Shipowning and Medal Shipowing, under which China VLCC will sell a 297,600 dwt VLCC of six to seven years old  to each of the two companies.    The entry into force of the agreement remains subject to the Board of Directors of the company and the counterparty approved by the Board.   Meanwhile, China VLCC has on Thursday taken delivery of a new VLCC named New Constant in Dalian, China.    As of May 20, 2016, China VLCC operates a fleet of 36 VLCCs and has an orderbook of 17 more units.  

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Steady as Suezmax Fixtures Weigh

Charterers splitting VLCC cargoes into smaller Suezmax tankers; rates to remain around $24,000 per day, below break-even levels. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on main routes to Asia are set to hold around current levels next week, as an oversupply of smaller Suezmax tankers put rates for larger VLCCs under pressure, ship brokers said on Friday. That came as at least one charterer split a crude cargo that would normally be transported by a VLCC into two Suezmax

BWTS Fitting on Japanese VLCC a First

MOL VLCC: Image credit MOL

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) plan to install a ballast water treatment system on an in-service very large crude oil carrier (VLCC). This will be the first such onboard system installed by any Japanese shipowner on an existing VLCC. The company chose the JFE Ballast Ace system developed by JFE Engineering Corporation. The installation will take place while the vessel is docked from March through April. Ballast water discharged while loading/discharging cargo carries marine organisms

Asia Tanker, VLCC Rates Could Climb

Charterers to release 30 Middle East VLCC cargoes next week. VLCC market buoyed by upbeat Suezmax, Aframax sectors. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes are set to continue the rebound that started on Wednesday with a raft of new cargo requirements and upbeat sentiment, brokers said. Brokers anticipated charterers would ramp up the number of VLCC cargoes from the Middle East to be loaded in the first 10 days of December.

CMES Q1 Profit Surges on Strong VLCC Earnings

Pic: China Merchants Energy Shipping

 China Merchants Energy Shipping has posted 22.6% on-year growth in net profit to Yuan225m ($36.3m) during the first quarter ended 31 March 2015 due to buoyant tanker markets.   Revenue for the quarter more than doubled to RMB1.36bn from YuanB660.44m a year ago.   “In the first quarter of 2015, freight rates for the VLCC market were on average higher compared to the first quarter of 2014. The dry bulk shipping market hit bottom in January this year

Asia VLCC rates Steady at Five-Year High

MidEast-Japan rates top $111,000 a day, highest since June 2010. Freight rates in Asian trades for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain firm as vessel supply and charter volumes stay evenly matched, ship brokers said on Friday. They have seen daily earnings soar by between $37,500-$42,000 in the last week. That came as earnings from the Middle East to Japan hit more than 91 on the Worldscale measure on Thursday, equivalent to $111,359 a day

Chinese Petroleum Corp. Exercises VLCC Tender

Taiwan's state-owned Chinese Petroleum Corp (CPC) has bought two very large crude carriers (VLCC) of West African crudes via its September tender, a company official said on Thursday. The volumes were below CPC's usual purchase of three to four VLCCs per month. Each VLCC can load up to two million barrels each. "We have high inventories and not so much requirement," the CPC official said. The details of the tender, which closed on Monday, were still unclear.

VLCC Rates

Eastbound VLCC freight that nearly topped W200 in November is now firmly mired beneath W100. "The market's really lost its way, but much of that is just down to sentiment," said one London tanker broker. Wednesday's fixture lists showed a number of deals hovering around the W100 mark, and even the very modern New Circassia accepted W101 from Stasco for an eastbound trip. Friday's fixture list however, showed the slightly older Musashi Spirit had been fixed at W90 to Japan

TEN Acquires VLCC

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) recently acquired the 299,700 dwt double hull VLCC M/T Maersk Estelle, built in Denmark in 1994, from the AP Moller / Maersk Group. Initially, this vessel will participate in the current strong spot market while the Company considers opportunities for longer-term employment. TEN will assume ownership of the vessel during the later part of January 2004. "We are very excited about this latest addition to our fleet of young and environmentally friendly

Gulf Navigation to Buy Supertanker

According to a January 3 report from Gulf News, Gulf Navigation Holding confirmed its acquisition of a very large crude carrier (VLCC). The vessel, built in 2006 and with a 300,000 deadweight tonne capacity, can carry up to two million barrels of oil.The Gulf Eyadah will join the operator's other VLCC, Gulf Sheba, which was delivered in late 2007. (Source: Gulf News)

More Cargo, Slower Steaming Support VLCC Rates

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VLCC rates from MidEast to Asia gain around $3,000; higher chartering volumes for peak winter season could lift rates.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on Asian routes may have found a floor this week as a combination of increased chartering activity and some tankers sailing at slower speeds pushed rates slightly higher from the Middle East.   "Rates are at a bottom, they have kind of found a floor," said Ashok Sharma

Winson Oil, Unipec Snap up Gasoil Cargoes

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Both traders buy over 12 million barrels in September.   Oil traders Winson Oil and Unipec have snapped up over 12 million barrels of gasoil in just under two weeks and are booking vessels in Singapore to either store the fuel or export it, shipping and trading sources said on Wednesday.   Winson Oil, based in Hong Kong and registered in Singapore, bought the bulk of the cargoes at over 9 million barrels in oil price agency S&P Global Platts' market since the start of

Keppel Wins SBM FPSO Conversion Deal

As energy markets start to rebound, Keppel Shipyard Ltd. secured a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) conversion contract from  SBM Offshore N.V. (SBM Offshore). The contract calls for a VLCC to be converted into an FPSO, to be deployed to the Liza field, located approximately 193km offshore Guyana in the Stabroek block. The shipyard's work scope includes refurbishment and life extension works, such as the upgrading of living quarters

Saudi Flag Raised on Bahri's VLCC Rimthan

Rimthan Registration (Photo: Bahri)

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) has raised the Saudi flag on Rimthan, one of the latest VLCCs received and owned by Bahri, a leader in transportation and logistics.   Under the supervision of PTA, the ceremony of Rimthan’s registration under the Saudi flag took place on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Port of Ras Tanura in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and was attended by senior officials of both PTA and Bahri

Modern VLCC Rates Under Pressure

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Rates fall back after climbing earlier in the week. Overcapacity, OPEC cuts, little scrapping, summer lull weigh on market.   Owners of modern very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could see a gain in charter rates amid tightening vessel supply but freight rates, especially for older and newly delivered ships, will remain under pressure, brokers said on Friday.   That came as rates rebounded slightly earlier this week on routes from the Middle East only for them to fall back to

Overtonnage Weighs on VLCC Rates

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on Asian routes from the Middle East could fall to a new low for the year next week as too many ships chase the number of available cargoes, ship brokers said on Friday.   That came as average rates from the Middle East to Asia have fallen close to last year's low.   Average rates dropped to around 32.50 on the Worldscale measure on Sept. 23, 2016, equivalent to about 42

DHT Holdings Completes Delivery of 9 VLCCs

Photo:  DHT Holdings, Inc.

 Bermuda-based DHT Holdings has completed the delivery of the nine VLCCs acquired from the BW and the contracts for the two newbuildings due for delivery in 2018 have been transferred to DHT.    DHT has a fleet of 30 VLCCs, 26 in the water and four under construction scheduled for delivery in 2018, as well as two Aframaxes. The total dwt of the fleet is 9,502,995.  The average age of the VLCC fleet is 6.8 years.    

Euronav Responses to a Weaker Tanker Market

Photo:  Euronav

 The Belgium-based  crude oil tanker company Euronav has taken affirmative action in response to a weaker tanker background, said a press statement from the company.   The Company has a strong balance sheet with low leverage and access to over USD 800 million of liquidity following its entry into the debt capital markets during Q2.    High quality fixed income (the FSO vessels and 4 x 7 year Suezmax time charters) secured via strong relationships and with

Asia Tankers: VLCC Rates May Have Bottomed

A EuroNave VLCC Underway (CREDIT: EuroNav)

About 20 MidEast VLCC still to be fixed for August.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on Asian routes may have finally bottomed as owners attempt to resist moves by charterers to push rates still lower, brokers said.   "This is a really bad market now. The floor keeps getting lower but I think there's now resistance by owners," said a Singapore-based supertanker broker on Friday.  

As IOC Books Cargoes, Nigerian October Liftings Mixed

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India's IOC booked a total of 4 million barrels from traders Shell and Total, while Nigeria's initial October export plans mostly showed slipping levels.   NIGERIA Export plans for Forcados, Qua Iboe, Bonny Light, Bonga Erha, Amenam and Usan nearly all showed lower figures compared with September. Forcados exports were scheduled to rise to 256,000 bpd, and Erha also showed an increase. But Qua Iboe, the largest export stream

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Remain Low on Tonnage Glut

File Image: A VLCC Underway in the Suez Canala (CREDIT: Suez Canal)

Around 90 ships charter free for early September loading.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on Asian routes will remain under pressure for at least the next month, facing strong headwinds from a glut of tonnage, brokers said.   "There are around 80 to 90 ships available for charter in the first 10 days in September - that's about three ships for every cargo," a Singapore-based supertanker broker said on Friday.  

Bahri Completes Registration Of ASLAF Under Saudi National Flag

National transportation carrier aims to register all of its 39 VLCCs by end-2017. Photo: Bahri

 National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia  Bahri announced that the Ministry of Transport under the supervision of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) has completed the registration of ASLAF, a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) owned and operated by Bahri, under the flag of Saudi Arabia.    The move reinforces Saudi Arabia’s position in the global maritime industry and gives a further boost to Bahri’s efforts to register all of its VLCCs – now numbering

Asia VLCC Rates Fall to Four-year Low

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on Asian routes show little sign of reviving although Hurricane Harvey, which threatens to ravage the U.S. Gulf coast oil refining industry over the weekend, could provide a fillip, brokers said.   That came as average weighted VLCC freight rates on all routes sank to their lowest in four years this week to around $9,000 per day.   Rates are even lower on some routes after CPC fixed a VLCC late Thursday for a trip from the

VLCC, Product Tanker Rates Headed in Opposite Directions

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No impact on VLCC rates yet from Hurricane Harvey, even as rates for smaller product tankers double.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on Asian routes continue to sink on a glut of available tonnage as owners wait for supply disruptions caused by Hurricane Harvey to help support the market, brokers said.   Charter rates for VLCCs from the Middle East have fallen to around 36 on the Worldscale measure.  

HMM Confirms Contract With DSME For Five VLCCs

DSME CEO Jung Sung-leep (left) and HMM CEO C.K. Yoo (right). Photo: Hyundai Merchant Marine

 Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) announced that it has signed a formal contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for construction of five 300,000 dwt Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) with an option of five more vessels.   HMM’s letter of intent with DSME for five VLCCs (+5 option) was singed back in April 2017.    Under the agreement, DSME will build five VLCCs for HMM worth approx

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