Newbuild VLCC's Lift Gasoil, Head Westward
Ship builders in Asia are sending a record number of supertankers west carrying middle distillate oil products, such as diesel, data intelligence firm Vortexa said on Thursday, adding more volumes might follow.Very large crude carriers (VLCC) often carry refined, or clean, oil products on their maiden journey before switching to crude oil."New build VLCCs are loading clean gasoil for maiden voyages at record levels in 2019," data intelligence firm Vortexa said on Thursday."So far this year…
Moda Midstream Eyes Second TX VLCC Berth
Moda Midstream LLC is considering building a second berth at its Ingleside, Texas, crude export terminal to accommodate booming shale oil production on the Gulf Coast, the company's chief executive said on Thursday.The expansion to the terminal that loads oil tankers will come as three major pipelines open in the second half of 2019, CEO Bo McCall said in an interview. Moda is also increasing the facility's crude storage capacity to 10 million barrels from 2 million."When these new pipelines come online…
Ecochlor Wins BWMS Contract with ATC
Alaskan Tanker Company (ATC) will retrofit the Ecochlor ballast water management system (BWMS) on board their fleet including three VLCC crude oil tankers and an option for one additional vessel. Each of these vessels are U.S. flag tankers with Zone 1 and Zone 0 hazardous areas.The Ecochlor BWMS is approved for installation in both US Flag and International vessels in hazardous areas rated Zone 1 or Zone 0 through their U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval certification. The installations will start in the fall of 2019 and run through 2021 at the Sembawang Shipyard…
Sentinel Midstream Mulls Offshore Terminal
Dallas-based oil and gas company Sentinel Midstream is planning to develop a deepwater crude oil export terminal, located near Freeport, Texas. The completed facility will be capable of fully loading Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) vessels.Texas GulfLink will include an onshore terminal with up to 18 million barrels of storage, an offshore 42-in. pipeline, and a manned offshore platform to facilitate port operations with two Catenary Anchor Leg Mooring (CALM) Single Point Mooring (SPM) buoys.
Bahri Refutes U.S. Charges on VLCC
The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) on Sunday clarified that its very large crude carrier (VLCC) tanker Abqaiq was not breaching the US sanctions on Venezuela.Earlier, the US Senator Marco Rubio accused Bahri of trying to sell diluents to the Venezuelan regime."Abqaiq is in ballast condition with no cargo onboard and on her way from the Red Sea to pick up a cargo from the Port of Jose Terminal in Venezuela for one of its regular customers in India," said a statement…
Venezuela Sanctions to Boost VLCCs
US sanctions on Venezuela are likely to change the pattern of crude tanker trade, with long-haul trade replacing the short-haul trade, said Drewry. While the prospective change in trade pattern will favour VLCCs, it will work against Aframaxes.The US government has imposed sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned energy company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) in order to choke Venezuelan oil revenues and oust Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan president.According to Drewry, the sanctions…
Hyundai Merchant Marine Names New VLCC at Daewoo Shipbuilding
South Korean container line Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has named its new very large crude carrier (VLCC) at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).The 300,000 dwt vessel was named the Universal Leader during the ceremony held at DSME’s Okpo shipyard in Geoje on January 29, 2019.About 100 distinguished guests attended the ceremony including C.K. Yoo (President & CEO of HMM), Ho Seon Hwang (President of Korea Ocean Business Corporation(KOBC)), and Sung Leep Jung (President & CEO of DSME).Additionally, Mrs. Jang Mi No, Mr.
SHIPBUILDING: CSSC Signs for 36 Newbuilds, Worth $1.48B
Chinese shipbuilding conglomerate China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has signed contracts for 36 newbuildngs worth a total contracts value of over RMB10bn (USD1.48bln).According to the state media Xinhua, the vessels will be built at a number of different yards under the CSSC umbrella and CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company, will provide financing service to all 36 newbuildings.The contracts include manufacturing of 36 new ships including 174,000-cubic-meter liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships…
Moda Midstream Announces Ingleside VLCC Berth Upgrades
Liquids terminaling and logistics provider Moda Midstream announced it has successfully commissioned upgrades to Berth 2A at the Moda Ingleside Energy Center (MIEC) in Ingleside, Texas, to enable loading of very large crude carriers (VLCCs).Moda developed these upgrades to provide existing and potential customers the ability to safely and cost-effectively load VLCCs at rates of up to 80,000 barrels per hour.“Today we are loading our fourth VLCC at MIEC since late December,” said Moda President and CEO Bo McCall. “With today’s commissioning of our upgrades to Berth 2A, we now have the U.S.
Tankers: Euronav Signals Strong Start to 2019
Belgian crude oil shipper Euronav NV said on Thursday it saw the return of a strong freight rate market during the fourth quarter, signalling a strong start to 2019.The company's core earnings (EBITDA) rose by 16.5 percent to $102.3 million in the last quarter of 2018."VLCC (very large crude carriers) freight rates trading at rates not seen in the last two years demonstrate an already tight balance between tanker demand and supply," Chief Executive Paddy Rodgers said in a statement.Though…
The Tanker Market: 2019 and Beyond
Late 2018 saw the tanker market bubble upwards through late November, with daily vessel hires moving in the direction of, though not yet reaching levels not seen since late 2014-2015, when oil prices were in freefall and inventories building to the brim. A few pundits have suggested that we are seeing a “mini 2014” where lowered oil prices are coaxing another inventory build which would drive tanker capacity utilization, and per diem freight inflows, higher. The oil market has changed over four years…
Shipbuilding: OSC Orders VLCC Pair
Oman Shipping Company (OSC) is expanding courtesy of an order for a pair of newbuild Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC ) with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).According to Michael Jorgensen, OSC's CFO and acting CEO, said the VLCCs are expected to be deployed in the spot market, as the company plots further fleet expansion in the bulk and container market.Today OSC’s fleet includes 49 vessels including 16 VLCCs, 17 product tankers and 4 chemical carriers.The two latest additions will be constructed at DSME’s Okpo shipyard measuring 336m in length…
WFW Advises CCBL on Sale, Leaseback of Two VLCCs
The international law firm based in London Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has advised CCB Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. (CCBL) on a US$132.8m sale and leaseback transaction of two tanker vessels (VLCC) acquired from and chartered back to two subsidiaries of Globe Shipholding S.A.Globe Shipholding is maintaining a fleet of crude carrier tankers managed by Almi Tankers S.A..CCBL’s transaction with Globe represents the first completed sale and leaseback of VLCCs in the Chinese leasing community.
Ocean Yield Buys a Suezmax Tanker
Norwegean ship owning company Ocean Yield ASA has announced that the Company has agreed to acquire a modern Suezmax tanker for a consideration of USD 56.0 million with 13-year bareboat charter to Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp.The purchase price includes a seller's credit of USD 7.0 million, giving a net purchase price of USD 49.0 million, said the owner of vessels within oil-service and industrial shipping areas in Norway.The vessel, "Milos", was built in 2016 by Sungdong Shipbuilding in Korea and is a sister vessel to "Poliegos", another Suezmax vessel owned by Ocean Yield.
DSME Wins Order for Four VLCCs
South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) has clinched a $366 million order to build four units of very large crude carriers (VLCCs) from an unidentified shipper in the Oceanian region.According to a regulatory filing, the four tanker vessels which will be delivered in 2021. This marks the second large VLCC order in under a month.According to Yonhap, DSME is aiming to win $8 billion worth of new orders this year, up 10 percent from last year's order target of $7.3 billion.Last year…
DHT Holdings Moves co-CEOs from Oslo to Singapore
VLCC owner DHT Holdings announced that its Co-CEOs have relocated to Singapore. The relocation follows changes in the tax law in Norway from 2019 for tax residency of companies formed outside of Norway.The crude oil tanker company said that the new legislation takes into account the place of daily management as well as the place of management and control on board level. The Company's tax residency will remain unchanged in Bermuda.The Company's office in Singapore will hold senior management…
Great Lakes Bags Corpus Christi VLCC Channel Deal
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation announced the receipt of a $93 million contract award for the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project.Dredging to deepen the entrance channel will commence during the second quarter of 2019 with completion expected in early 2020 said Great Lakes, the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of environmental and infrastructure services.It said that the overall ship channel deepening effort will be comprised of multiple phases, expected to be competitively bid and worked over the next five years.
Keppel Wins New Marine Contracts
Singaporean conglomerate Keppel Offshore & Marine said that it has secured new marine contracts with a combined value of S$300 million (USD 220 mln) through its subsidiaries. According to a press release from the company, the first contract is by Keppel Singmarine with Shturman Koshelev LLC for the design and construction of an ice-class LNG bunker vessel. When completed in 4Q 2020, the vessel will be chartered to Gazpromneft Marine Bunker Ltd (Gazpromneft) for operations in the Baltic Sea.
Ship Finance International in USD 270mln Pact for Three Vessels
Bermuda-based Ship Finance International (SFL) has entered into lease financing agreements totaling $270 million with an Asian-based institution to finance three 10,600 TEU container vessels acquired in 2018.The vessels are employed under long term time charters to Maersk Line A/S until 2024, with options to extend the charters by up to four additional years, the ship owning and chartering company said.Each Lease Financing has a term of more than 10 years, with an option to purchase the vessel back after six years, at expiry of the firm period of the charters to Maersk.
Shell Confirms Oil Leak in Brazilian Waters
A small amount of crude oil belonging to Royal Dutch Shell Plc leaked during a ship-to-ship oil transfer in Brazilian waters last month, the company confirmed to Reuters on Monday.About 200 milliliters of crude were released on Nov. 30 during the maneuver, which was halted after the drip was detected, Shell said, adding that authorities were notified and the incident left no trace of oil in the sea.However, a letter obtained by Reuters and sent to Brazilian environmental regulator…
IOC: 5-year Tender on Scrubber-fitted Tankers
Indian Oil Corp (IOC) issued a global tender to charter scrubber-fitted oil tankers for at least five years to import Iraqi oil, a tender document seen by Reuters showed.The tender says Indian shippers will be given first right of refusal for the contract as the nation seeks to boost its shipping industry. It is seeking bids from vessels that are less than 10-years old.A scrubber is a product that strips out sulphur emissions and, in doing so, can allow shippers to use dirtier fuel oil but still meet new global requirements for lower emissions.IOC and the country's second biggest state-owned refiner, Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL), last year also issued similar tenders seeking vessels for five years.The two refiners…
Oman Shipping: Strong Domestic Performance
Oman Shipping Company (OSC) is reporting strong performance in domestic markets following long-term deals with local refineries and traders including ORPIC and OTI.OSC’s growth in the region is being driven by a 20-year contract to transport condensate for ORPIC (Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company) and a 15-year deal transporting methanol for OTI (Oman Trading International) from Salalah Methanol plant.The company is further supporting the export of LPG from Sohar Refinery to Yemen, Sudan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Ship Finance International Sells Older VLCC
Bermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International (SFL) announced that it has agreed to sell the 2002-built VLCC Front Falcon to an unrelated third party.Delivery to the new owner is expected later this quarter, and the net sales price will be approximately $30.7 million. The Company does not expect a material book effect from the transaction.Divesting of older vessels is part of Ship Finance's strategy to continuously renew and diversify its fleet.