Vlcc News

12 Sep 2019

Hunter Join's World's First Scrubber VLCC Pool

Image: Tankers International Pool

Hunter Tankers, a subsidiary of Norwegian investment company Hunter Group, has selected Tankers International Ltd as commercial manager for its fleet of very large crude carriers (VLCCs).According to Oslo-based company, Tankers International, a chemical tanker company, would establish “the world’s first scrubber-fitted VLCC pool.”In addition to the Hunter vessels the pool will consist of vessels from Hartree Maritime Partners Ltd., International Seaways Inc., Oak Maritime (HK) Inc.…

06 Sep 2019

SFL Acquires Three VLCC Newbuildings

Pic: SFL

The international ship owning and chartering company Ship Finance International (SFL) announced that it has agreed to acquire three 300,000 dwt crude oil carriers, or VLCCs, currently under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Korea.The Bermuda-headquartered company said that the net purchase price will be $180 million, or $60 million per vessel and they are expected to be delivered to SFL within the next two months.The vessels were ordered in 2018 by affiliates of the Norwegian listed company Hunter Group…

05 Sep 2019

Hempel Launches Hempaguard MaX Coatings

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Global coatings manufacturer Hempel has launched an innovative new fouling defense system – Hempaguard MaX.This unique three-coat system provides vessels with a smoother hull. It reduces drag and results in significantly lower fuel requirements, and will deliver a guaranteed maximum speed loss* of 1.2 percent over five years. The Hempaguard MaX system is applied in just three layers, meaning it can be applied more quickly, reducing time in dry dock by up to two days. The combined…

30 Aug 2019

McQuilling Mid-Year Tanker Market Outlook

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McQuilling Services Announces the Release of the 2019 Mid-Year Tanker Market Outlook Update.The Mid-Year Tanker Market Outlook Update provides an outlook on the global tanker market in the context of global economic growth and oil fundamentals influencing tanker demand and vessel supply. The outlook includes a view on future asset values, time charter rates, market freight rates and TCE revenues for 24 major tanker trades and four triangulated routes across eight vessel segments for the second half of 2019 through the remaining four years of the forecast period 2019-2023.

29 Aug 2019

Okeanis Adds Fifth New VLCC

Pic: Okeanis Eco Tankers

Greek shipping company Okeanis Eco Tankers (OET) has taken delivery of Nissos Donoussa, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) newbuild.The Alafouzos family-owned firm said that Nissos Donoussa has commenced trading in the spot market.The 319,000 dwt ship has been delivered by South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).In April 2019, OET was granted an option by the Alafouzos family to acquire two Suezmax newbuilding vessels to be constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries with expected delivery dates in the third quarter of 2020.The option secures a right for the tanker company…

28 Aug 2019

Frontline Sees Opportunity in Tanker Market

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So far in 2019, 41 VLCCs have been added to the global fleet compared to three vessel demolitions, said  the world's largest oil tanker shipping company Frontline Ltd.An additional 33 VLCCs are scheduled to be delivered in 2019 with 43 more to follow in 2020 before the order-book declines sharply.It is important to note that both the VLCC and Suezmax tanker order book as a percentage of the total fleet are at the lowest levels seen in over 20 years.The order book has been the biggest challenge for the tanker markets over the last 24 months.

27 Aug 2019

FLNG Project Count Hits 20

(Photo:Shell)

Finance — or at least project economics based on long-term commodity prices — appear to be factors limiting a surge in investments in floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) a new study by U.S.-based numbers cruncher, World Energy Reports, revealed Monday.Among a growing count of floating producers in the planning stage, some are destined to become FLNG, increasingly the go-to solution discussed for producing stranded or remote gas. WER’s report writers detail the status of known…

26 Aug 2019

Shipyard Focus: "Green Refits" Drive N-KOM

FSRU Repair @ N-KOM. Photo: N-KOM

Since it was founded, Nakilat – Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (N-KOM) has completed almost 1,000 marine and offshore projects, with a significant number of drydocking and repairs undertaken for various types of vessels including LNGc, LPGc, VLCCs, oil/chemical tankers, cargo ships, dredgers, offshore support vessels, to name a few.The shipyard’s facilities include three VLCC sized docks (two graving docks and one floating dock), berthing capacity of 3,150 meters, specialized workshops and cryogenic cleanrooms…

22 Aug 2019

Navios Sells 2002-Built VLCC

Image: Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation

Greek tanker vessel operator Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation has entered into an agreement to sell the Nave Electron, a 2002-built  very large crude carriers (VLCC) vessel of 305,178 dwt to an unaffiliated third party for a sale price of $25.3 million.The Pireas-headquartered said that the vessel is expected to be delivered to its new owners in September 2019.As of August 20, 2019, Navios Acquisition’s fleet consisted of a total of 41 vessels, of which 13 are VLCCs (excluding…

13 Aug 2019

DHT Holdings Bags 3-Year Time Charter

Pic: DHT Holdings

Bermuda-based crude oil tanker company announced that  it has entered into a three year time charter with a leading refining company for one of its 2012 built very large crude carriers (VLCC).The charter will commence after the vessel completes a scrubber retrofit in the fourth quarter of this year, said the New York-traded company.The time charter has a base rate of $30,000 per day with all earnings up to $37,500 to DHT following a profit sharing structure that includes scrubber…

09 Aug 2019

China Fixes First U.S. Crude Cargo Since Latest Tariff Threat

File Image: A VLCC loads alongside in the port of Corpus Christi, Texas (CREDIT: Port of Corpus Christi, Texas)

Chinese oil trader Unipec chartered a supertanker to ship U.S. crude to China in September, trading sources said, the first such cargo since U.S. President Donald Trump announced additional tariffs on Chinese import, ending a monthlong trade truce.Unipec, the trading arm of state refiner Sinopec , has fixed the Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Anne to load U.S. crude in mid-September, according to a shipbroker and Refinitiv Eikon data. VLCCs are capable of transporting about 2 million barrels of crude.Unipec has three other vessels…

09 Aug 2019

Tanker Demand Weakens, Says Euronav

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Demand forecasts in the tanker sector have weakened modestly over 2019 with the three core agencies (IEA, EIA and OPEC) cutting 2019 demand growth forecasts from 1.4m bpd to 1.2m bpd, says Euronav.The crude oil tanker company noted that this remains above the long term trend growth average of 1.1m bpd (since 1990).Asset values continued to improve primarily in the second hand market where prices for 5 and 10 year old very large crude carriers (VLCC)  and Suezmaxes are back at…

08 Aug 2019

Energy Transfer in talks to build U.S. Gulf Coast Supertanker Crude Export Facility

Energy Transfer LP said on Thursday it was in discussions to build an export facility in Texas capable of handling supertankers with the capacity to transport about 2 million barrels of crude.The facility would be connected to its Nederland, Texas, crude terminal, and a final investment decision has not yet been made, Chief Financial Officer Thomas Long said during a quarterly earnings call for the company.It was not immediately clear who Energy Transfer was in discussions with.U.S. midstream companies have raced to add export terminals capable of handling Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) along the Gulf Coast as exports have surged to records after Washington lifted a ban in late 2015.Energy Transfer said it expects to take at least 2 or 3 years to bring the VLCC project into service.

07 Aug 2019

Euronav Sells VLCC for FPSO Conversion

Image courtesy: Euronav

Belgium-based crude oil tanker company Euronav NV has sold its oldest very large crude carrier (VLCC) for conversion into a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.The ship owner announced that its subsidiary Euronav Luxembourg has sold the VLCC vessel VK Eddie (2005 – 305,261 dwt) to a global supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms.A capital gain on the sale of approximately USD 14.4 million will be recorded during the current quarter, it said.The…

02 Aug 2019

MODEC Unveils New FPSO Designs

The newly introduced MODEC NOAH (top) and M350 FPSO designs (Image: MODEC)

Japanese floating production specialist MODEC has developed a pair of next generation new build hull designs for floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels developed in partnership with Mitsui E&S Shipbuilding, targeting greater production and storage capacity.As a result of increases in required crude oil and gas production capacities, FPSO topsides have become bigger and heavier, which has led to insufficient deck space area and insufficient crude oil storage capacity on on converted very large crude carriers (VLCC), MODEC said.

31 Jul 2019

NYK Bulk Shipping Records Lower Profit

NYK Super Eco Ship 2050. Pic: NYK

Japanese shipping and logistics company Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) said that its bulk Shipping division recorded lower profit than previous year.In the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020 (April 1, 2019, to June 30, 2019), its revenues from the bulk shipping  amounted to 195.1 billion yen registering -11.3 decrease compared to the same period last year. The profit is down by -1.2 at 9.2 billion yen"Energy and Car transport is robust but lower dry bulk market due to production stoppage in Brazil and Western Australia…

26 Jul 2019

Singapore's Ocean Tankers tests IMO-2020 Compliant Fuel

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Off the coast of Singapore, the world's largest ship refuelling centre, a bunker barge sidled next to the supertanker Pu Tuo San to fill the giant vessel with a new type of fuel that will meet global standards that start up in January.With a little over five months left until stricter marine fuel rules come into effect, shippers such as Singapore's Ocean Tankers that own the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Pu Tuo San have started testing out lower sulphur fuel to prepare their…

25 Jul 2019

Ocean Yield Adds Another VLCC Newbuild

Image: Ocean Yield

Norway-based shipping company Ocean Yield has taken delivery of Nissos Antiparos, a VLCC newbuild delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries in South Korea, the fourth and final VLCC that has been delivered to the company in 2019.The VLCC commenced a 15 years' bareboat charter to Okeanis Eco Tankers Corp with a 5 years' sub-charter to Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd.Okeanis Eco Tankers was established in 2018 by the Alafouzos family to take over its fleet of modern tanker vessels and tanker newbuildings.With seven tankers built 2015 to 2018 and eight VLCCs for delivery in 2019…

23 Jul 2019

Ecochlor to Retrofit Euronav Tankers

Image: Ecochlor

Connecticut-based ballast water treatment solutions provider Ecochlor announced a contract to supply seven Euronav Suezmax and VLCC tankers with a ballast water management system (BWMS).According to Ecochlor, the agreement comes with an option for Euronav to purchase an additional 30 Ecochlor systems for their vessels between 2020 – 2024.The fleet of Euronav, the owner, operator and manager of tankers transporting crude oil worldwide,  consists of ULCCs, VLCCs and Suezmaxes with…

23 Jul 2019

FPSO Liza Destiny Sets Sail for Guyana

Liza Destiny (Photo: Guyana Department of Public Information)

The very first production vessel destined for operations offshore Guyana has departed Singapore en route to the ExxonMobil-operated Stabroek block off the northeastern coast of South America.The Liza Destiny floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel is expected to arrive in September ahead of first oil planned in 2020.The FPSO, which was converted from a very large crude carrier (VLCC) at the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore, is designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day…

17 Jul 2019

War Risk Costs Impact UAE Bunkers, Singapore benefits

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Shippers trying to minimise time in the Middle East after oil tanker attacks pushed up insurance costs are scaling back purchases of marine fuels from the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Fujairah oil hub, trade sources said.Instead, they are turning primarily to Singapore, the world's top refuelling hub, to buy marine fuels, also known as bunkers, with some diverting to smaller bunkering ports, including in India and Sri Lanka, the sources said.A tonne of 380-centistoke (cst) high…

15 Jul 2019

LNG Lucrative for PCTC Newbuilds

Image: SEA\LNG

A recently released study confirms that liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel is the most financially effective  for Pure Car and Truck Carriers (PCTC) on Atlantic and Pacific trade lanes.SEA\LNG, the multi-sector industry coalition, created to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel,  has released an independent study showing that LNG as a marine fuel delivers the best return on investment and is a competitive option for newbuild PCTC.Peter Keller…

12 Jul 2019

Iran Calls For UK to Release Seized VLCC

The 'Grace 1' - the seived VLCC in a file image. CREDIT: MarineTraffic.com

Iran called on Britain to immediately release its oil tanker which British Royal Marines seized last week on suspicion that it was breaking European sanctions by taking oil to Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi told state news agency IRNA."This is a dangerous game and has consequences ... the legal pretexts for the capture are not valid ... the release of the tanker is in all countries' interest ...

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