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Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Will See More Volatility

file image: A Suez Max Tanker in the Suez Canal.

VLCC market to be "hot" in Q4 -VLCC broker. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) face a roller-coaster ride on uncertain cargo volumes and vessel supply ahead of a fourth-quarter boom, brokers said. Charter rates, which have rebounded sharply, could fall as more supertankers become available for charter in the last 10 days of this month, a Singapore-based VLCC ship broker said on Friday. Rates from the Middle East to Japan have climbed 17 points on the Worldscale measure after hitting a six-and-a-half year low on Aug. 26. That is equivalent in average earnings of almost $21,000 per day. Supertanker rates from West Africa to China have also recovered. That followed a surge in chartering activity with around 50 eastbound cargoes fixed from the Middle East and West Africa by operators and traders, including the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), and Morgan Stanley, Reuters chartering data showed. Unipec, the trading and shipping arm of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), fixed 20 of these cargoes from the Middle East and West Africa to Asia, mainly China. Many of the early fixtures were older vessels or supertankers chartered straight from dry dock at cheaper rates by owners because otherwise the ships would have to wait for cargo, the broker said. Rates climbed as this supply of prompt tonnage disappeared, although the market may face a similar situation in the next week or so.


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold Steady

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Unipec charters 20 VLCCs for West Africa, MidEast cargoes; China's oil demand to climb 3.4 pct this year - CNPC.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are expected to remain stable next week as buoyant chartering activity from the Middle East is offset by the large number of supertankers available for charter, ship brokers said.   "We're going to see rates holding at current levels," a European supertanker broker said on Friday.  


Supertanker Rates May Jump Next Week

According to a report from Bloomberg, the chartering manager of Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd., an Athens-based operator of supertankers, told Bloomberg that vessel supply is balanced and rates are expected to go from 70 to 75 Worldscale points by next week. (Source: Bloomberg)


Korean Shipbuilder to Pay US$3.5-million Compensation

A Texas appeals court affirms US$3.5-million judgement against Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. The court upheld a jury’s finding that the Korean company wrongfully refused to pay consultants who helped secure a $696 million contract to build supertankers. The Fourteenth Court of Appeals held that the jury’s interpretation of an ambiguous agreement between Daewoo — the world's second largest shipbuilder — and Ikanco Inc


Tighter Supertanker Market Impacts Asian Fuel Supplies

The window to sell Western fuel oil to Asia is starting to close as demand for a limited fleet of supertankers to store cheap crude pushes freight rates to multi-month highs, shipping and trade sources said. Crude prices have fallen nearly 60 percent since June and, with prices a year ahead already quoted about $10 a barrel dearer than now, crude traders have hired up to 20 supertankers to store oil with a view to turning a big profit later.


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Soar on West Africa, MidEast Liftings

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VLCC earnings double in a week. End of force majeure in Nigeria buoys cargo volumes. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to rise further next week, fuelled by a raft of cargoes from West Africa and the Middle East amid tight tonnage supply, ship brokers said on Friday. VLCC freight rates hit a multi-month high on Thursday. "The optimism among owners is punchy - I think the market has legs on it and could easily increase by another 10 points (on the


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Expected to Soften

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MidEast rates slip from two-week high on June 28; raft of new ships and repaired vessels weigh on rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) will continue to soften next week as ample tonnage supply weighs on the market, although a raft of Middle East fixtures are expected to put a floor under charter rates, ship brokers said on Friday. That came as VLCC rates from the Middle East rose to a two-week high on June 28 before slipping slightly


N. Asia Snaps up Russian Crude Oil

Mideast crude freight to Japan highest since 2010. North Asian refiners have snapped up Russian crude oil loading in the last two months of this year to meet peak winter demand as Middle East and West African grades have become more costly after freight rates hit multi-year highs, traders said on Thursday. The freight rate for chartering Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) plying the key Middle East to Japan route <DFRT-ME-JAP> and the West Africa to China route are at the highest in


Supertanker Freight Rates Back on Track

Freight rates for supertankers to Asia, which last week suffered their most serious decline in over two years, have now stabilised and look set to recover, tanker brokers said on Wednesday. One London broker referred to a VLCC fixture, the Lyria, on Monday to South Korea at W47.5 ($0.80 per barrel) as an exception to the market and the lowest point that it would go. "That fixture of the Lyria we can say marks the bottom of the market and we'll see a gradual recovery from here," he said


LNG-FSRU Vessel: BW Place Samsung Contract

A BW VLCC: Photo credit BW Maritime

BW Maritime inks contract with Samsung Heavy Industries for BW’s first Liquefied Natural Gas Floating Storage Regasification Unit (LNG-FSRU). Expected to be delivered in 2015, it will be the latest addition to BW's fleet of 16 LNG carriers, building on and increasing its existing LNG expertise.  This vessel and floating terminal will be able to receive and convert LNG into its gaseous form for offloading via pipelines, to gas facilities on-shore.


VLCC Rates to Remain Weak on Output, Tonnage Woes

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to a near six-month low on Thursday, will remain weak until the Asian refinery maintenance season gets completed, starting April-end.   "I haven't seen a collapse in rates like this for some time


Asia Tankers-VLCC Weighed by Excess Tonnage

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MidEast, West Africa rates diverge; oil output curbs in Iraq and West Africa could weigh on tanker market.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure with hire rates from the Middle East to Asia tracking lower in the face of excess tonnage in


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Falling as Tonnage Outweighs Demand

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to five-month lows this week, are set to drop further as excess tonnage and an absence of port congestion weigh on the market, brokers said.   Supertanker charter rates, which are already below the breakeven levels for ship


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Uncertain on Tonnage Woes

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MidEast tanker rates fall to $22,000 a day, below breakeven; 52 VLCCs to be delivered this year, highest since 2011.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to four-month lows this week, face an uncertain direction next week as refinery maintenance and excess


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Slide Further

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Around 30 VLCC charters in Feb so far, versus 50 last month. About 40 refinery facilities to close for maintenance.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to multi-week lows on Thursday, could slip further as refinery maintenance in Asia weighs on cargo volumes


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold Steady

File image of a typical VLCC underway (Credit: EuroNav)

25 MidEast cargoes still to be fixed; VLCC rates fall to 4-month low.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a four-month low on Thursday, are likely to hold around current levels or nudge higher as charterers fix the final charters in February's loading


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Likely to Slide

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Chartering activity could slow down in March due to refinery work; growth in tanker fleet could climb 6.5 pct, pressuring rates.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to fall next week as charter activity from China slows ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Slide on Lower Cargo Volumes

File Image: A so-called SuezMax tanker transits the Suez Canal (CREDIT: Suez Canal Authority)

34 VLCC MidEast cargoes fixed for early Jan -Reuters terminal; only nine fixed so far for mid-Jan.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a new nine-month high this week, are on course to soften amid a weaker cargo market as owners wait for more charters to be


Frontline Sees Strong Start to 2017

Crude tanker operator Frontline expects strong demand for its vessels at the start of 2017 and could benefit from oil producers' pact to cut output if it forces Asian buyers to go further afield for supplies, its chief executive said. Spot rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) have


Tanker Operators Brace for OPEC Cuts

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Tanker owners are bracing for a volatile year ahead after enjoying some of the highest charter rates since 2008, with OPEC plans to curb crude output potentially cutting rates by more than 40 percent.   Fewer Middle East cargoes will mean lower freight rates for operators of very large


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates May Hit Multi-Month Highs

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VLCC rates last week hit highest since April, May; balanced tonnage supply-cargo demand support rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which rose to multi-month highs last week, could climb further if there is a flurry of pre-Christmas chartering activity


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Rebound on Firm Cargo Volumes

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CNOOC VLCC deal "draws line in the sand" for tanker owners; 25-30 MidEast fixtures still to be released up to mid-November. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which plunged to a three-week low, are set to recover next week as owners hold out for higher rates on


VLCC Rates to Hold Firm as Owners Await MidEast Cargoes

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which rose to multi-month highs this week, are likely to hold firm as owners tread water before the release of further Middle-East and West Africa cargoes, ship brokers said on Friday.  


Asia Tankers-VLCC Steady After Bumping Four-Month High

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Power struggle breaks out between between owners and charterers; West Africa cargoes hit a monthly record. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which surged to a four-month high on Thursday, to hold steady as ship owners await the release of November cargoes


Shippers Brace for IMO's New SOx Rules

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IMO to decide whether to introduce rules in 2020, or 2025; EU, China already pushing for stricter regulation. The global shipping industry is bracing for a key regulatory decision that could mark a milestone in reducing maritime pollution






 
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