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Tanker market report dated 5 October 2018

08 October 2018

 The highlight of this week’s trading has been an impressive spike in spot VLCC rates, with daily TCE earnings up to their highest level since April last year. The Middle East and West African markets have been supported by an extended period of healthy enquiry from Asian buyers, although weather delays in the Far East have also helped.  The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.

Tanker market report dated 21 December 2018

02 January 2019

2018 has been a year of extremes. For most part, trading conditions have been very challenging amid a persistent oversupply of tonnage, with spot earnings often well below operating expenses. TCE returns for VLCCs trading on the benchmark TD3C voyage from the Middle East to China averaged just over $11,000/day during the 1 st nine months of the year. However, since early autumn, notable increases in loadings out of the Middle East and strong demand from Asian refiners for Middle East and Atlantic Basin crudes have contributed to a very impressive rebound in earnings, with TD3C averaging in Q4 at over $50,000/day.  The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.

Dry cargo fixture and market reports dated 8 May 2019

10 May 2019

SUPRAMAX: Whilst limited activity was reported in the Atlantic the Asian arena saw more interest brokers reported. BSI remained in positive mode.  The Baltic Exchange daily fixture report features daily updates on the Baltic exchange indexes, timecharters, periods, voyage fixtures and is listed by ship name, size, delivery place and freight rate. The weekly dry bulk market report by the Baltic Exchange contains news impacting the following segments; capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize. 

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 7 June 2019

18 June 2019

China officially increased tariffs up to 25% on $60 billion of US products from 1st June, following the US decision to increase tariffs on $200bn/year of imports from China to 25% from 10th May. Chinese imports of nearly every US energy commodity now face a tax of up to 25%. Crude is exempt, but China’s imports of US crude have fallen dramatically anyway since the 2nd half of 2018. Despite the trade conflict, US crude exports continue to grow. The loss of trade to China is being offset by higher shipments to other Asia Pacific countries and Europe. Similarly, Chinese crude imports continue to increase, with US barrels being replaced from multiple sources. As such, up until now the impact of US-China trade conflict on the crude tanker market has been very limited, although undoubtedly there would have been stronger long haul VLCC demand, if China had continued buying US crude.  The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers.

Tanker market report dated 24 May 2019

27 May 2019

Many tanker market participants have placed significant faith that both fundamental developments and short term disruptive factors will push the products tanker market into an upcycle over the next few years. Much has been said about how new refining capacity in Asia, coupled with IMO2020 will create sizeable arbitrage opportunities from East to West, giving a substantial boost to the product tanker market. Whilst this view is certainly reasonable, the reality is not quite so simple. 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 22 March 2019

25 March 2019

Earlier this month the IEA released its medium-term outlook for the global oil markets, which provides analysis and the forecast of the key issues in demand, supply, refining and oil trade through to 2024. The report portrays a positive outlook for oil demand growth, which is expected to continue to increase at a healthy pace, in line with the average growth rate seen since 2000. The gains in oil consumption are projected to average 1.2 million b/d per annum between 2018 and 2024, driven by the expansion of the petrochemical industry and the fast-growing aviation sector. Asia Pacific will see the fastest growth in consumption, accounting for 62% of the total increase in demand.  The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.