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Gulf of Guinea Piracy Continues to Threaten Seafarers – Industry Wants Action Now

10 June 2019

London: Friday, 7 June 2019.  Members of the shipping community, Flag States and Agencies from Gulf of Guinea gathered at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for a day-long symposium on Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea. The event, co-sponsored by BIMCO, IMCA, ICS, ITF and OCIMF, featured speakers from regional maritime agencies as well as shipping officials, academics and military staff.  The shipping industry, along with seafarer groups, organized the event to highlight the continuing danger to seafarers operating in the Gulf of Guinea.   

Chinese crude oil demand needs 45 additional VLCC’s to support growth

31 October 2017

In 2019, global oil demand is forecast to pass the symbolic 100 million barrels per day threshold (International Energy Agency). Developing countries account for almost all of the growth and Asia dominate.  BIMCO stated in its forecast for 2017, that the tanker demand growth for 2017 is expected  to come predominantly from the greater Asia region, led by China. China has met expectations by ramping up its import of seaborne crude oil by 13% for the first nine months of 2017 compared to the same period last year. As China is importing crude oil from further afield in 2017 than in 2016, the tonne miles generated has surged 18%. 

Tanker market report dated 23 November 2018

26 November 2018

Low water levels on the Rhine have remained a persistent problem for the European commodity markets since the summer, forcing many refineries and industrial plants to reduce production, and in some cases to declare force majeure. Whilst most industries would have expected and planned for such lows over the summer months, few would have expected these levels to persist, and indeed worsen as the markets move deeper into winter. Indeed, just as one might have seasonally expected levels to rise, they receded. The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.