Asian VLCC Rates Jump to Nine-Month High




Asian VLCC Rates Jump to Nine-Month High

Worldscale rates for hiring VLCCs to haul crude from the Middle East to Far East Asia hit a nine-month high Tuesday, December 9, Platts writes citing shipping sources.

The record level of hiring rates has been attributed to strong resistance from owners and fall in the availability of tonnage for December loading dates.

Owners were heard seeking w70 or more for the Persian Gulf to Japan route, according to Platts’ sources.

“The key VLCC Persian Gulf-Japan rate was assessed up w8.25 day on day at w68.5 basis 265,000 mt Tuesday.  It was last higher January 24, after hitting a year-to-date high of w73 on January 22,” Platts said.

VLCC owners were not expected to accept below w70 after w69 was attained for PTT’s cargo, ship brokers told Platts.

As reported, there were still outstanding VLCC cargoes for December loading dates, including end December PG-East requirements from charterers Day Harvest and Shell.





France pursues new rules to boost Med LNG imports despite flat PEG gas prices




Paris (Platts)--5Dec2014/738 am EST/1238 GMT


French energy regulator CRE will continue to develop new measures to boost demand for LNG into the PEG Sud gas market despite the recent convergence of PEG Nord and PEG Sud prices, Dominique Jamme, director of gas infrastructure at the regulator, said this week.

CRE expects to make a final decision by the end of this year on new measures which would lengthen the visibility window for short-term delivery slots at the Mediterranean 97 TWh/year Fos Cavaou and 57 TWh/year Fos Tonkin LNG terminals, he told Platts in an interview.

This follows a public consultation held until November 21.

Infrastructure limitations between France's northern and southern grids, high demand for gas toward Spain and dwindling LNG imports,

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Double-digit returns long way off, says shipping broker




Double-digit returns long way off, says shipping broker

07 December 2014
Bulkers waiting to load off Dalrymple Bay, Australia. Photo: Southern Cross Maritime

GERMANY: Distressed asset investors and hedge funds chasing ship buying opportunities could be bitterly disappointed even if freight and second-hand markets pick up over the coming years.

Double-digit returns per annum, as targeted by many private equity investors, are likely to remain an absolute exception, according to Germany's Ernst Russ Shipbroker.

Current second-hand price levels for bulk carriers appear to be based on a much less bullish but probably more realistic earnings expectation in the mid single-digit range, the dry cargo and container ship broker points out in its latest monthly Maritime Overview report.

Average prices for five-year old Capesize and

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Tanker earnings




Impact of oil prices on Teekay’s tanker earnings

Tanker earnings

Brent oil benchmark prices have been the lowest since November 2010. This was 25% lower than levels experienced at the recent peak in July of 2014, mainly due to supply exceeding demand. The dip in prices was caused by surplus of light sweet crude in the Atlantic region and the return of Libyan volumes. Broader industry factors include a continued increase in U.S. shale production and recent downward revisions to global gross domestic product (or GDP) and oil demand. After the Vienna meet, Brent oil prices have dipped to a five-year low of $68.


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Teekay Tankers believes that these lower oil prices are likely to persist in the near term as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (or OPEC) appears ready to maintain current production levels and compete on price by lowering its official selling prices (or OSPs



Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Downgraded by Zacks (SBLK)







Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ:SBLK) was downgraded by Zacks from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report released on Friday. They currently have a $6.70 target price on the stock. Zacks‘s price target suggests a potential downside of 5.50% from the stock’s previous close.

Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ:SBLK) traded down 1.27% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $7.00. The stock had a trading volume of 170,699 shares. Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has a one year low of $6.27 and a one year high of $15.88. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $9.09 and its 200-day moving average is $11.32. The company’smarket

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