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Tanker market report dated 22 February 2019

04 March 2019

After falling to $50/bbl in late December, Brent and heavy sour Oman crude prices have recovered to over $67/bbl. OPEC’s decision in December to cut production by almost 800,000 b/d for an initial period of six months seems to have had the desired effect of lifting flailing crude prices, which traded at $85/bbl in October. Although prices are still considerably lower compared to those recent highs, it is so far an encouraging sign. IEA numbers released last week showed a decrease in OPEC production of just under 1.2 million b/d from October levels, an overcut of almost 400,000 b/d due to over compliance from producers such as Saudi Arabia. When taking ‘non-OPEC’ production cuts into consideration, the total cut for January totalled over 1.3 million b/d.  The weekly tanker market report by Gibson Shipbrokers features an overview of the crude oil and oil product tanker market.