Nordic American Tankers Ltd: Comments on the current blocking of the Suez Canal
NAT is a Suezmax specialist – each vessel of 150,000/160,000 tons can carry one million barrels of oil. Our fleet consists of 25 Suezmax tankers (including 2 newbuildings).
A Suezmax tanker is the largest tanker that can transit the Suez Canal.
The Suez Canal is now blocked by a large vessel. We cannot predict how long the current situation in the Suez Canal will last.
A closure of the Suez Canal, over a prolonged period of time, would require vessels to divert around Africa going from West to East and vice versa. This is a materially longer distance.
A longer voyage will lock up more shipping capacity, reducing the effective number of voyages the world fleet can perform over a period. This means reduced availability of shipping capacity, which in turn would imply higher freight rates.
Source: Nordic American Tankers Ltd.