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ReCAAP ISC Piracy and sea robbery conference 2019

14 March 2019

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) together with BIMCO, INTERTANKO, and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) will be organizing the conference on 9 April 2019 (1400 – 1700 hrs) during the Singapore Maritime Week. 

Tanker market report dated 15 March 2019

18 March 2019

Opec crude production fell by 240,000 b/d in February to 30.68 million b/d, its lowest level in 4 years. February numbers show a significant over compliance, with Saudi Arabia leading efforts to implement cuts with a 153% compliance rate, some 170,000 b/d already below their overall target.  Iraq and Saudi Arabia alone contributed 170,000 b/d in additional cuts between them in February alone. However, having already cut production close to their original 2019 target, they may now be missing the opportunity to capture market share in the face of rising demand. The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.

Tanker market report dated 25 January 2019

28 January 2019

According to a recent IEA report, 2019 is expected to see the largest wave of refinery capacity additions since the 1970’s. The Agency expects that 2.6 million b/d of new capacity will initiate operations this year. In terms of pure volumes, this is of course a bullish sign for the product tanker market, but what really matters is how global product flows shape up.  The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.

Tanker market report dated 4 January 2019

07 January 2019

Late in 2018, China issued a raft of additional refined product export quotas to cope with a domestic oversupply of fuel. These additional volumes were partly responsible for the strength of the Asian product tanker market towards the end of 2018 and the persistent weakness in the Asian oil products markets. For many the question is therefore: what will Chinese refined product export volumes look like in 2019, and can they help sustain the regional product tanker market?  The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.

Tanker market report dated 12 April 2019

15 April 2019

Like all other crude tanker segments, Suezmax rates have been on a rollercoaster ride over the past six months. Earnings surged in the 4th quarter of last year, in part due to major Turkish Straits delays, in part due to marginal fleet growth. Of course, other factors were at play as well, such as higher Middle East/Russian crude exports in Q4 2019, prior to the re-imposition of the production constraint. The picture now is very different. Earnings on benchmark routes in the Atlantic Basin declined steadily during the 1st quarter, averaging in March close to OPEX. Once again, the decline has been triggered by a combination of factors.  The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.

Tanker market report dated 15 February 2019

18 February 2019

2019 has already started out as a busy year in terms of tanker ordering activity with VLCCs and MRs once again appearing to be in vogue. So far this year, at least 12 VLCCs and 11 MRs have been contracted. Both asset classes also received the most interest in 2018, with 42 and 49 units being ordered respectively. Now, the question is, was the start of 2019 just a blip or a sign of things to come?  The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.

Tanker market report dated 23 August 2019

26 August 2019

In January 2019 the Trump administration announced tough sanctions against PDVSA, designed to halt US imports of Venezuelan crude. The US government also blocked access to its financial system for PDVSA transactions. Overall, sanctions have had the desired effect. Crude trade to US refineries came to a halt since February, down from approximately 0.5 million b/d in 2018. US also stopped exporting clean petroleum products (CPP) to Venezuela, most notably naphtha, used to dilute extra heavy grades to make synthetic crude for exports. Venezuela was largely unable to find a replacement for US clean products, with the volume of CPP imports into the country down by more than 50% compared to levels in 2018. The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers.

Tanker market report dated 8 March 2019

11 March 2019

Refinery maintenance season is well underway. Scheduled turnarounds in North America may have peaked, but globally planned outages will peak this month, whilst works in Asia stay elevated through to May. High turnaround activity has already impacted both the crude and product tanker markets this quarter, however, evolution in global crude trade flows appears to be supporting tonne mile demand during what is typically a weak period. In the products sector, export volumes are now falling in line with seasonal trends but should be set for a strong rebound in the second half of 2019 as post maintenance export volumes increase. The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.

Tanker market report dated 16 August 2019

19 August 2019

In recent months, the IEA has on many occasions expressed concerns about the health of the global economy. As such, it is unsurprising the latest downgrade by the international Monetary Fund of its outlook for global GDP growth in 2019 and 2020 prompted similar downward revisions to oil demand. This month the IEA has revised its expectations for growth in world oil consumption by 100,000 b/d, down to 1.1 million b/d in 2019 and 1.3 million b/d in 2020. Some trading houses are even more bearish, predicting just 800,000 b/d growth this year.  The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers.