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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.

Tanker Shipping - Crude oil tankers out-perform their oil product peers in a market full of surprises

15 August 2014

Some time ago, BIMCO expected the first signs of a solid recovery in the oil tanker industry to appear in the product tanker market. However, like other soon-to-arrive recoveries, the waiting time tends to increase as we approach the expected tipping point. This time around, global refinery throughput started the year strongly but entered a still running soft patch in May, high volumes but shorter hauls out of the US Gulf, and the steady inflow of new ships were part of the cocktail that prevented freight rates from taking off big time.

Tanker Shipping - Strong demolition prices and volume supports an uneventful market looking forward

17 June 2014

Demolition prices have been on the rise since late last year and recently reached the same high levels seen in the beginning of 2012. In two of the major demolition markets, India and Pakistan, the positive development started around October 2013 after a year of more or less status quo. In China, also a large market for demolition, development has been the opposite, with slowly declining prices since the beginning of 2013.