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StealthGas INC Weekly Market Report 3/2/12 - 10/2/12

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 | 09:56
NWE/MED: In the NWE market, activity continues to be at healthy levels this week as well with cold weather conditions


In the NWE market, activity continues to be at healthy levels this week as well with cold weather conditions remaining in the area. Also the shipping market has tightened further with most vessels dedicated under coa’s and vessels for prompt loadings are scarce. The number of enquiries and fixtures has decreased of course due to the markets tightness.  Also as reported there are still delays seen due to the extreme weather conditions especially in the Black Sea where there is an evident lack of vessels. According to reports there were various refinery shutdowns in the region that caused an extra need for tons thus further tightening the market. More specifically the propane coaster market this week remains on the quiet side for yet another week as the cold weather conditions need to stay a bit longer to see some substantial change. Also as reported a few cargoes were headed towards the South to cover coa positions. On the other hand the butane coaster market maintains healthy activity with quite a few enquiries seen and fixtures concluded with the arbitrage window to the South still there. Also blenders have reappeared and are showing their interest.

Moving to the MED now, this week the spot market also remains quite strong with less enquiries and fixtures seen due to shipping tightness. The number of available vessels on a prompt basis has significantly decreased. Also the majority of fixtures have been for yet another week reported ex NWE to Morocco and East Med. Also freight rates remain at good levels due to the increased spot demand and lack of vessel availabilities. In the propane coaster market in particular, there has been increased demand for spot cargoes as a result of the colder weather conditions but no fixture was confirmed as of yet. On the other hand the butane coaster market is also very firm with demand mainly coming from Tunisia and Egypt. Also as reported quite a few parcels ex S France were traded on p+c terms for yet another week.


In the Feast pressurized market activity was quieter this week with the majority of spot enquiries seen ex. Singapore, Malaysia and South China. In China, as reported export prices have increased quite a bit and as predicted demand has picked up after the holidays with traders looking to replenish their low stockpiles. Also reportedly the Jinling and Jingmen petrochemical facilities will be offline for about a month during Feb and March for maintenance purposes. Lastly according to reports another petrochemical unit will be offline for maintenance for approximately 20 days with production rates reduced to about 100-200 mt/day.  

In the Asian petchems market now, ppl activity is at more or less at same levels as last week showing no real improvement with the majority of enquiries seen ex. Korea towards E China for del 1H March. Also vessel availabilities are on the short side as most are dedicated to coa programs and finding a suitable vessel on the right dates seems to be a challenge. In the other petchems markets, activity remains restricted with the bulk of transactions seen in the btd and cc4 markets as usual. Reportedly there was a btd parcel ex MPT towards E China/Korea range mid Feb but nothing was finalized yet as finding a suitable vessel proved difficult. Elsewhere b1 and raffinate cargoes were reportedly delivered on tc tonnage and vcm remains inactive. 

Time Charter Fixtures

BW Nice (59,000 cbm) was fixed for 3 years T/C to Petrobras del Caribs – hire reported at around 875k pcm.

Cornwall (16,500 cbm) was fixed for 3 months T/C to Hyproc with del MED – hire reported at around usd 750k pcm

Helios (57,000 cbm) was fixed for about 3 months T/C to acct Trafigura with del Feb/Caribs – hire reported around usd 700k pcm  

Sale and Purchase/New Buildings

None Reported.


Baruc (2,850 cbm, blt 1982) was sold for scrap to breakers in Ecuador – pnr.

Patchwardee 8 (2,917 cbm, blt 1976, 1,790 lwt) was sold for scrap to breakers in Alang – pnr




Source: StealthGas INC 
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