Record Number of VLCC Liftings at LOOP
Medium-sour crudes from the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are being snapped up by overseas buyers, paving way for a record six supertankers to load at the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) in a matter of weeks, according to people familiar with the matter.The six scheduled loadings in late May and early June would double the record of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) reached in December. An unusual influx of Gulf of Mexico crudes to the U.S. deepwater export port and weakening prices are contributing to the exports…
Minerva Bunkering Names Tyler Baron as CEO
Minerva Bunkering, formerly Aegean Marine Bunkering Network now a fully-owned subsidiary of Mercuria Energy Group, appointed Tyler Baron as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).Baron will be based in Geneva, and will oversee Minerva’s global business operations across Europe, the Americas and Asia, said a press note from the physical supplier of marine fuels.“Given Tyler’s history with and dedication to the company, as well as his breadth of experience in financial markets and capital allocation…
Aegean Marine Becomes Minerva Bunkering
Marine fuel logistics company Aegean Marine Petroleum Network announced that its plan of reorganization became effective and it has emerged from the voluntary Chapter 11 restructuring commenced on November 6, 2018.The company will now operate under the name of 'Minerva Bunkering', a fully-owned subsidiary of Mercuria Energy Group Limited, a major privately-held energy and commodities group with an annual turnover in excess of $100 billion.“We are pleased that Aegean has completed its restructuring…
Aegean Marine Files for Chapter 11
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. announced Tuesday that it has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the New York listed marine fuel supplier is being investigated to determine whether there was $200 million fraud involving fake transactions with brass-plate companies.Aegean said it has financial support of Swiss strategic partner Mercuria Energy Group Ltd., one of the world’s largest independent energy and commodity companies. Mercuria has pledged more than $532 million in postpetition financing to fund the chapter 11 process and the Aegean’s working capital needs…
Big Oil Set to Cash in on IMO 2020 Rules
The world's biggest oil traders are gearing up to cash in on big disruptions that could hit the shipping fuel market in just over a year due to new U.N.-mandated environmental rules.International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations will cut the limit for sulphur in marine fuels globally from 3.5 percent to 0.5 percent from the start of 2020."We're going to hopefully facilitate the new rules in 2020 by helping out the industry and the participants in general to have a reasonably smooth transition…
POTAC Signs Dock Usage Pact with Port of Corpus Christi
POTAC (Pin Oak) announced the execution of a ten year exclusive use agreement for Suezmax vessels at Public Oil Dock 14 with the Port of Corpus Christi, including extension options, exercisable by the Company, which could extend the agreement for up to an additional ten years.In addition to Suezmax vessels, Pin Oak will be able to efficiently load / unload Aframax, Panamax, and other smaller vessels and barges. This agreement follows the commencement of construction on Pin Oak's nine pipelines crossing under the Corpus Christi Ship Channel…
Key People Changes in Aegean Marine Petroleum Network
International marine fuel logistics company Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (AMPNI) announced that President Jonathan McIlroy will leave the Company, effective November 15, 2018.The marine fuel and lubricants supplier announced last month the appointment of Kostas Polydakis to the position of Chief Operating Officer, as well as his qualifications and experience.Polydakis is serving on the Company’s Management Committee, along with the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, and the Company’s Global Director of Supply and Trading. Effective November 15, 2018, Polydakis will assume Mr.
Oil Could Rise to $100 by 2019
Oil prices could rise towards $100 per barrel towards the end of the year or by early 2019 as sanctions against Iran bite, commodity merchants Trafigura and Mercuria said on Monday at the Asia Pacific Petroleum Conference (APPEC) in Singapore.Almost 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude could be taken out of the market as a result of the U.S. sanctions against Iran by the end of the fourth quarter this year, said Daniel Jaeggi, president of commodity merchant Mercuria Energy Trading…
Mercuria Energy Takes 30% Stake in Aegean Marine
Mercuria Energy Group and Aegean Marine Petroleum and have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) making Mercuria the only lender to Aegean. Both are working towards landing a billion dollar credit deal and closer collaboration.Mercuria and Aegean have executed a letter agreement detailing the US$30 million of incremental liquidity Mercuria is providing to the Company by way of amendments and waivers to the Trade Finance Facility and other financing arrangements.With this significant step completed, the two parties intend to begin exploring a broader, global strategic partnership.
Aegean Brings in Mercuria Energy
Listed bunker company Aegean Marine Petroleum has entered a memorandum of understanding with Mercuria Energy Group for a billion dollar refinancing and strategic partnership, says a company press release. Aegean Chairman and independent director of the Board, Donald Moore, said, “As part of the announced strategic review, the new leadership at Aegean has, in short order, brought forward an opportunity to completely redefine and optimize the Company’s capital structure, enhance…
Aegean Marine Shares Soar as Mercuria Provides $1 bln Lifeline
Energy trader Mercuria Group has agreed to provide a $1 billion trade finance facility to Greece's Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, the marine fuel logistics and supplies company said on Thursday, sending Aegean's stock up more than 150 percent.New York-listed Aegean Marine underwent a major leadership change this year after losses prompted an activist investor revolt to sever ties with the company founder, shipping and oil tycoon Dimitris Melissanidis.Aegean announced a $200 million write-off in early June after a new chairman, Donald Moore, was appointed in May to lead a strategic review.Shares in Aegean were up 127 percent at $1.43 as of 1359 GMT, having risen as high as $1.53.Swiss-based Mercuria will initially inject at least $30 million in cash, Aegean Marine said.Aegean Marine also
UN Seeks Traders' Help Enforcing North Korea Sanctions
A U.N. monitoring group wants to enlist the help of the world's biggest oil trading companies to enforce sanctions that cap the amount of crude and related products North Korea can import, the coordinator said.The U.N. Security Council ramped up sanctions last year after North Korea said it had conducted missile tests that put the U.S. mainland in range of its nuclear weapons.Under the restrictions, Pyongyang is limited to importing 4 million barrels of crude and 500,000 barrels…
Asian Traders Mull U.S. Crude Liftings in Harvey's Wake
Harvey closed nearly a quarter of U.S. refining capacity; helping to push WTI-Brent spread to widest in two years. Some oil traders in Asia are looking to snap up crude cargoes from the United States after Hurricane Harvey closed U.S. refineries, denting local demand and pushing out the price spread between U.S and Atlantic Basin crude benchmarks. Hurricane Harvey barrelled into the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast around 10 days ago, closing nearly a quarter of the nation's refining capacity, although some of that is now coming back online.
Traders Scramble to Avert Regional Fuel Shortages
Mexico buys gasoline from Europe, Asia; in rare move, Europe exports diesel to Brazil. The crippling of the U.S. Gulf Coast refining hub by Tropical Storm Harvey roiled global oil markets on Thursday as traders scrambled to buy gasoline and diesel from distant markets to avert supply shortages in the United States, Mexico and Brazil. A slew of gasoline tankers has been booked over the past two days out of Europe to the United States and Latin America, with around 12.5 million barrels expected to leave the region in the first half of the month…
Europe Gasoline Exports Set to Surge on Harvey Outages
Gasoline exports from Europe across the Atlantic are set to surge in coming days as traders plug supply gaps after Tropical Storm Harvey crippled refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast. Many of the shipments are expected to end up in Latin America, which has become increasingly reliant on gasoline and diesel supplies from the U.S. Gulf Coast in recent years amid fast-growing demand in emerging economies such as Mexico and Brazil, traders said. Nearly a quarter of U.S. fuel output was knocked out since Harvey made landfall on Friday in Texas, where several large refiners are located.
Noble Group Reports $1.75 Bln Q2 Loss
Commodities trader Noble Group reported a second- quarter loss of $1.75 billion on Thursday, weeks after warning it faced its steepest quarterly loss in a year and a half and would slash jobs and sell assets to cut debt. Once Asia's largest commodities trading house, Noble is slimming down drastically to its core Asian coal trading business after a crisis-wracked two years. Last month, it announced the sale of its U.S. gas and power business and began a process to sell its oil liquids unit. "Conservative liquidity management, scaling back of risk positions and constraints placed on the group's access to trade finance lines led to disruption costs and prevented the group from taking advantage of profitable opportunities," the Singapore-listed company said in a statement on Thursday.
Mercuria, PetroChina Selling Offshore Stored Fuel Oil
Three to four tankers storing fuel oil, down from eight or nine. Independent trading house Mercuria and Chinese state oil giant PetroChina are selling fuel oil stored in vessels off Singapore and southern Malaysia on strong demand from the shipping and power sector, several trade sources said on Friday. The number of vessels storing fuel oil has halved from a month ago as Mercuria and PetroChina may have resold cargoes purchased over March to May, the sources said. Geneva-based…
Maiden Bakken oil cargo to Asia ships out, with more to come
The first ever reported export of North Dakota's crude oil to Asia left port last month, according to a shipping document seen by Reuters on Wednesday, in what is expected to be the first of numerous cargoes once the key Dakota Access pipeline starts moving oil in May. Swiss-based Mercuria Energy Trading S.A. loaded more than 600,000 barrels of Bakken crude, as well as some Mars Sour crude, in late March off the coast of Louisiana onto the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Maran Canopus, destined for Singapore, according to the bill of loading and ship tracking data. The burgeoning appetite for U.S. crude among Asian refiners could be a boon for Bakken crude, especially when the Dakota pipeline starts up.
Traders Sending European Gasoline Across Big Pond
More than half a million tonnes booked Europe-U.S.; more bookings could follow in May. Traders are shipping more gasoline from Europe to the U.S. East Coast ahead of the summer driving season as a steady reduction in inventories there props up prices. At least 16 tankers carrying some 600,000 tonnes of gasoline blending components including naphtha have been booked in recent days by traders including Glencore, ExxonMobil, Mercuria, Repsol and Total, shipping data shows. That compared with an average of around 300,000 tonnes per week booked throughout March.
Traders Rush to Ship US Oil as Export Window to Asia Opens
Oil majors and trading houses are set to ship an unprecedented volume of U.S. crude oil to Asia in coming weeks, boosting already high flows to the region due to higher prices from OPEC production cuts. Traders have estimated that some 700,000 to 900,000 barrels per day is set to leave the United States in February, with the majority of the cargoes headed to Asia. That volume would be the highest monthly level on record, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, helping reduce an U.S. inventory glut that has pressured prices for two years.
As Oil Plunges, Traders Generate Record Earnings
Oil traders are profiting handsomely from a crude price crash to near an 11-year low, even as it forces energy companies around the globe to slash costs and postpone projects. From listed giant Glencore through unlisted Swiss privately-held Trafigura, to the trading desks of majors BP and Shell, traders have often done well in times of oil price downturns, and markedly so this time around. On Monday, Trafigura, which trades roughly 3 percent of global oil, reported record earnings just days after Glencore said it was sticking to its trading earning guidance even though it cut production at some mines and reduced inventories. BP and Shell…
Asia Fuel Oil Dragged Down by Crude Drop
Asia's fuel oil prices continued their downward trend towards new seven-year lows and at levels not seen since early 2005 amid a growing global oil glut that saw benchmark crude prices extend their losses for the 7th session and nearing their eleven-year trough. The contango curve for the more actively traded 380-cst fuel widened while its differentials deteriorated after Monday trading. Conversely, the contango curve for the 180-cst fuel oil narrowed and its differentials improved. "Seems like the downside is getting limited," said one Singapore-based trader. Bunker sales rose markedly for the month of November in Singapore, data from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) showed…
Asia Fuel Oil-Cracks, Spreads Tight; Bunker Prices Climb
Asia's fuel oil crack for benchmark 180-centistroke rebounded to a discount of $6.79 a barrel on Wednesday, gaining as bunker prices firmed on the possibility of reduced arbitrage volumes from the West next month even as the market remained quiet, traders said. The spread for the benchmark also remained tight, holding around a four-month high, at a discount of $2.75 - a further indication of possible lower arbitrage volumes, traders said. "We don't see much arbitrage cargo - somewhere in the low 3s (million tonnes) in December," said one Singapore trader. Other traders have estimated volumes could hit 4 million tonnes, similar to November's level. "Bunker prices have picked up and fundamentals kicked in," the trader said.