2018 has been a horrible year for product tanker owners, with sale and leasebacks being necessary for many to provide a financial bridge to better times. Many are pinning their hopes on 2020; which, as we have written in the past is expected to be supportive for product tankers. However, many are also hoping that new refinery developments will offer a further boost to tonne mile demand, similar to what was seen from 2014-2016.
The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.
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