Oil Products News

02 Apr 2020

While Oil Prices Plummets, Tanker Rates Fly High

Source: BIMCO, Clarksons

If one ever needed proof that, no matter how dire the situation, there is always a silver lining, look no further than the crude tanker market, which has seen it day rates skyrocket in the face of a global pandemic that has effectively ground world commerce to a crawl.As is the case with other gravity defying business phenomena, geopolitics is a central factor, in this case a battle between Russia and Saudi Arabia to flood the world with oil in the face of declining demand and…

01 Apr 2020

Oil Storage at Sea Approaching Record Levels

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Oil traders are storing as much as 80 million barrels of oil on tankers at sea, with further ships being sought as land storage sites fill up fast due to a global glut of stocks, shipping industry sources say.Traders rushed for storage after global oil demand collapsed by a third due to the coronavirus outbreak, and as top producers Saudi Arabia and Russia have refused to curb output so far, creating what is believed to be the biggest oil glut in history.The last time floating storage reached similar levels was in 2009…

19 Mar 2020

Shipping Not Immune to a Pandemic -BIMCO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus a pandemic. There is little doubt that this will have significant implications for the shipping industry. But to what extent? BIMCO expects that the strict containment measures imposed by governments around the world will result in substantially lower global economic growth and consequentially, lower demand for shipping. Container and dry bulk shipping are at the front line when it comes to feeling the fallout…

18 Mar 2020

BP to Store Jet Fuel at Sea as Glut Looms

Stena Polaris (Photo: Concordia Maritime)

BP has provisionally chartered a 60,000 tonne tanker to store jet fuel at sea starting this week, trading sources said on Wednesday, after a collapse in demand from the aviation sector due to the coronavirus pandemic led to a huge glut.Asian jet fuel refining margins and European jet fuel prices dropped this week to record lows as several airlines drastically cut their flights schedules.BP has provisionally booked Stena Polaris to store jet fuel for 40 to 60 days starting March 20 to March 22 at a rate of $25,500 a day, according to shipping and trading sources.A BP spokesman declined to comme

13 Mar 2020

KOTC Adds New Gas Tanker

Image: Kuwait Oil Tanker Company

Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) said that it received the giant liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker, Umm Ruwaisat, as part of a major fleet overhaul.Accoding to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), KOTC has entered the fourth phase of its fleet overhaul, which entails the delivery of eight carriers, three of which are gas tankers built by South Korean ship building firm Hyundai MIPO.The fourth phase of the fleet development includes the delivery of eight tankers of which three are giant LNG tankers built by Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries Co…

05 Mar 2020

Russia to Disinfect Ships from Iran, Italy and South Korea

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Russia has ordered the mandatorydisinfection of ships arriving at the Black Sea ports of Novorossiisk and Yuzhnaya Ozereyevka from Iran, Italy and South Korea because of the coronavirus, a  document seen by Reuters showed.A branch of Rospotrebnadzor, Russia's consumer safety watchdog, has ordered port agents "to arrange the disinfectionof ships arriving from these countries before the border is opened" in the city of Novorossiisk, the document showed.Novorossiisk port is one of the biggest on the Black Sea.

14 Jan 2020

TORM Secures $496M for Debt Refinancing

Image: TORM

Denmark-based product tanker company TORM has obtained a commitment for a total of USD 496 million from a syndicate of lenders to refinance its debt and bolster its capital structure.The carrier of refined oil products said the total amount is a combination of two separate term facilities and a revolving credit facility, which will be used to refinance the company’s debt covering a total of USD 502 million.Following the refinancing, TORM does not have any major debt maturities until 2026 which supports TORM’s strong capital structure…

20 Dec 2019

First Tanker Built at Baku Shipyard Launched

Image: Azerbaijan Caspian Sea Shipping

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended a ceremony to launch the first tanker built at Baku Shipyard on the order of the Azerbaijan Caspian Sea Shipping Closed Joint-Stock Company (ACSC).The first oil tanker 'Lachin' was built by local specialists on the design of the Odessa Bureau of Marine Engineering. The 7,875-ton tanker is 141 meters long and 16.9 meters wide.The tanker can pass through the Volga-Don canal and has the maximum load capacity. Unlike others…

19 Dec 2019

HES Hartel Tank Terminal Handed Over

Left: Situation at the start of works and after completion of the HES Hartel Tank Terminal quay walls and jetty. Foto: Paul Martens, HES Hartel Tank Terminal

The 1.3 Million cbm HES Hartel Tank Terminal, a project of HES International, has been completed on schedule.The HHTT Consortium, comprising Van Hattum and Blankevoort (Koninklijke VolkerWessels), Mobilis (TBI) and Boskalis Nederland, has handed over the construction site to its client, the Port of Rotterdam Authority. This contract involved a total amount of over EUR 100 million.The HHTT Consortium started constructing this challenging project on Maasvlakte in December 2017.The project comprises the construction of a 1…

10 Jan 2020

Interview: Ed Grimm, CEO, Southern Towing Company

Ed Grimm, (second from left) CEO, Southern Towing Company during a crew visit.

“In God we trust. All others must have data.”When Ed Grimm took the helm of Southern Towing Company (STC)as President and CEO, he inherited an enviable team of leaders, engineers, mentors, communicators and analysts. Today STC is a clear leader on the inland waterways, pioneering and proving the business and safety value of Z-Drives on the river towboats.How did you come to the top spot at Southern Towing Company?I started in the energy industry at 16 working at an oil storage depot in New York Harbor, working there through high school and putting myself through college.

12 Nov 2019

TORM Conducts 16 Scrubber Installations

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TORM, a pure play product tanker company and one of the world's leading carriers of refined oil products, expects to install a total of 44 scrubbers and has since the last quarter committed to an additional ten scrubber installations.The new installations support our balanced approach to the new sulfur regulation, with scrubbers.The recently decided additional scrubber installations will be conducted during the first and the second quarter of 2020.As of 12 November 2019, TORM has conducted 16 scrubber installations.

13 Nov 2019

Product Tanker Freight Rates Rebounds

Pic: TORM

Product tanker freight rates softened in the third quarter of 2019 but rebounded strongly at the start of the fourth quarter following an increase in crude tanker rates that began after the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities and accelerated dramatically to multi-year high levels at the end of September when the US imposed sanctions on two subsidiaries of China's COSCO Shipping.Denmark-based TORM said that growth in global demand for oil products generally remained subdued…

22 Oct 2019

Rotterdam Port Continues to Grow in Q3

Image: Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam announced  a 1% rise in cargo handing, after it handled 112.4 million tonnes of freight, meaning that the total of 353.5 million tonnes were transmitted up to the end of the third quarter.Volume growth was mainly driven by containers, crude oil, LNG and biomass. There was a reduction in the transshipment of coal and mineral oil products.Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO: "In the third quarter we again saw healthy growth in terms of containers, one of the Port Authority’s strategic spearheads.

11 Oct 2019

U.S. Sanctions Bite; Traders Shun 300 Tankers

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Nearly 300 oil tankers globally have been placed off limits as companies fear violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, driving freight rates to new highs, industry sources said.The move has taken roughly 3% of the global oil tanker fleet out of the market, according to industry sources and data on Refinitiv Eikon, sending rates soaring to secure tankers to ship oil, particularly to Asia."Freight rates are going through the roof and people are getting very nervous with the cost of shipping…

20 Sep 2019

Vitol, ENH Form LNG Trading JV

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Commodity trading company Vitol and the Mozambican state-owned oil and gas company ENH have formed ENH Energy Trading, a partnership focused on trading oil products.The Dutch energy and commodity trading company said in a press note that ENH Energy Trading will initially be owned 51% by ENH and 49% by Vitol. It is anticipated ENH’s share will increase over time.ENH Energy Trading will focus on energy commodities, in particular LNG, LPG and condensate, enabling ENH to create additional…

28 Aug 2019

RMK: Targeting “Next Wave of Tanker Demand” in 2021-22

Launched on June 12, 2019, Cosima PG is being built for a European client, to be delivered in November 2019.
Photo: RMK Marine

RMK Marine Shipyard is located in the Tuzla/Istanbul, Turkey, since 1997 as part of the Koc Group of Companies (https://www.koc.com.tr/en-us) which is Turkey’s biggest conglomerate. It specializes in shipbuilding as well as super/mega yacht refit, conversion and new building projects. On the shipbuilding side, specialty, high-temperature product tankers, such as asphalt and bitumen, as well as chemical and oil products tankers have been a staple of RMK Marine. Since 1997, RMK…

27 Aug 2019

Monjasa Acquires 5 Tankers for 2020 Supply

Pic: Monjasa

Global bunker company Monjasa Group has acquired full ownership of five tankers ahead of IMO2020."Monjasa secures five tankers with a total 37,500 deadweight and thereby extends ownership of the supply chain across core markets in the Arabian Gulf, West Africa and the Panama Canal at a critical point of time in bunkering and shipping," said a press release from the global partner in the oil and shipping industries.Shipowners around the world are tightening marine fuel supplies…

26 Aug 2019

Russia's Rosneft Tenders marine bunkers in euros

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Top Russian oil producer Rosneft has put up marine fuel cargos for sale with the euro as the default currency, a tender document showed on Monday, in line with its plan to sell oil products in the single currency instead of the U.S. dollar.Rosneft said it had tendered to sell up to 70,000 tonnes of low-viscosity marine fuel with sulphur content of up to 1% from its oil refineries with delivery between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 on a freight-on-board (FOB) Black Sea basis or FOB St Petersburg…

26 Aug 2019

Russia's Rosneft Tenders Marine Fuel Cargos in Euros

Top Russian oil producer Rosneft has put up marine fuel cargos for sale with the euro as the default currency, a tender document showed on Monday, in line with its plan to sell oil products in the single currency instead of the U.S. dollar.Rosneft said it had tendered to sell up to 70,000 tonnes of low-viscosity marine fuel with sulphur content of up to 1% from its oil refineries with delivery between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 on a freight-on-board (FOB) Black Sea basis or FOB St Petersburg, or Carriage Paid To (CPT) any port/Russian border.The decision to switch to the euro as its settlement currency is likely to be seen as an attempt to offset any negative impact of U.S.

21 Aug 2019

Shell Charters LNG-Powered Tanker Fleet

World’s first LNG-powered crude oil tanker (courtesy of SCF Group)

Shell Tankers (Singapore) Private Ltd has agreed a long-term deal to charter a fleet of 10 LNG dual-fuel Aframax crude oil tankers from Sinokor Petrochemical Co Ltd, which expects to take delivery of them from Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea in 2021."Shell has agreed to charter a fleet of new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-fueled crude oil and products tankers, as part of its drive to decarbonise shipping," said a press note.Separately, Shell has agreed long-term charters for four new LNG dual-fuel oil products tankers, from institutional investors advised by J.P.

19 Aug 2019

Jumbo's Fairplayer to Test Biofuel Oil

Fairplayer (Photo: Jumbo)

Heavy lift shipping and offshore transportation and installation contractor Jumbo said it has partnered with marine biofuel company GoodFuels in a joint venture initiative to test marine biofuel oil on board a DP2 heavy lift crane vessel during an offshore decommissioning project.The initial project project will see sustainable ‘drop-in’ Bio-Fuel Oil delivered to Jumbo’s offshore vessel Fairplayer ahead of her departure to the North Sea, and will be supplied by GoodFuels’ logistics partner VARO Energy.Wout Janssens…

16 Aug 2019

Concordia Expects Stong Tanker Market

Pic: Concordia Maritime

During the first half of 2019, the tanker markets produced voyage result per day levels that exceeded the corresponding period in the slump year 2018 by 50-100 percent, said Concordia Maritime.The Swedish international tanker shipping company's view of market development going forward is largely unchanged.Several factors still point to a gradually stronger market in autumn, it said. In addition to positive fundamentals in the form of sustained high demand for oil, seasonality and declining net tanker fleet growth…

16 Aug 2019

Neste Launches IMO 2020 Compliant Fuel

Image: Neste Corporation

Finland-based refiner Neste Corporation will begin to sell a low-sulfur marine fuel in northwest Europe in the fourth quarter of 2019.From January 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce a 0.5% global sulfur cap on fuel content for areas currently with 3.5% limit.In these areas, all vessels will be required to use fuel with a maximum sulfur content of 0.5%, unless they use exhaust gas cleaning systems.Neste helps shipping companies to respond to the…

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