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Tanker Shipping - Recent positive development spurs optimism amongst crude tanker owners as VLCC earnings remain comfortable

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.

Tankers still in demand despite bleak outlook

15 March 2011

One year ago the tanker orderbook stood at 132 million DWT – today it totals 118 million DWT. The total orderbook is down by 11% over the last year. Even though new contracts are being signed at a steady pace, that pace remains slower than that of newbuildings being delivered.