19 August 2013
The market for crude oil tankers hasn’t been particularly upbeat in the first half of the year. Product tankers however have delivered very decent returns if judged by their performance during the last 7 months.
10 October 2013
Demand: The dynamic nature of the product tanker market, where refinery locations, local market demand specifications and price arbitrage trades are constant moving objects, turn one main trade into a minor trade within a New York minute.
13 June 2013
Strong demolition activity dampens fleet growth, while stable US demand supports optimism as we head into the “peak-season”
11 April 2013
The tanker market is doing full steam ahead – not in relation to demand, earnings or actual operating speed, but in relation to structural demand changes in the West.
16 August 2012
Overall annual oil demand growth in 2012 is now expected to come in at 0.9% by the IEA (+800,000 barrels per day), close to last year’s 0.8%, which was a 10-year low (excluding the contracting years of 2008/2009). The rise is exclusively originating from non-OECD countries. The outlook was modestly curtailed by early July on the back of the weaker global economic situation. This translates into a rather slim fundamental support to the tanker segment, but fortunately tanker shipping is so much more than overall oil demand.
11 April 2012
The positive demand picture that was firming freight rates on benchmark routes in all crude tanker segments towards the end of 2011 and the first two months of 2012 is still hanging around. Almost the same – that is, as Aframax tanker have seen earnings on the benchmark route in the North Sea drop during February to touch the ground before taking rates to currently USD 10,500 per day.
17 September 2019
Even with the sulphur cap expected to give a boost to the tanker market, high fleet growth will put pressure on earnings.
25 November 2019
BIMCO expects freight rates will once again come under pressure after the end of the high seasonal demand in Q4, as well as the boost from the sulphur cap. The fleet growth of 6.3% in the crude oil tanker market and the 4.8% growth in the oil product fleet will have its consequences on the supply and demand balance.
10 April 2014
24 February 2020
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus, recently dubbed COVID-19, continues to generate massive economic and financial uncertainty when it comes to China and global shipping.