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Tankers: VLCCs Face Another Quiet Week



MEG LR2’s have suffered from relatively little activity this week, exacerbated by a short week in Singapore. Freight levels have been level with TC1 stable in the mid WS140’s and a trip west on TC20 dipped $178,000 to $3,942,000.

West of Suez, Mediterranean/East LR2’s look to have taken a similar trajectory to the MEG. TC15 is currently pegged at $3,066,667 following a $3,250,000 deal failing and $3,100,000 widely reported on subjects.


In the MEG, LR1’s have taken a small hit similar to their larger sisters. TC5 dropped 12.86 points to WS147.14 and a TC8 voyage heading west shed $250,000 to $3,008,000.

On the UK-Continent, TC16 held flat at WS134-135 but due to the bunker prices the Baltic TCE has ticked over the $25,000 /day round trip.


MEG MR’s have been retested down again this week. Subsequently the TC17 index has dropped from WS296.43 to WS272.86. At these levels the run is still returning a Baltic TCE of $34,000/day round trip.

UK-Continent MR’s showed good momentum this week. Both TC2 and TC19 climbed 15 points to WS197.78 and WS208.57 respectively off the back of less available tonnage.

USG MR’s saw market direction return downward this week following a short week after Memorial Day activity has been limited. TC14 came off 32.5 points to WS145.31 and TC18 dropped 38.34 points to WS272.86. A run to the Caribbean on TC21 took a $190,000 (20%) hit down to $735,000.

The MR Atlantic Triangulation Basket TCE dropped from $36,010 to $32,121.


Mediterranean Handymax’s continued to trundle along at WS135 for a TC6 run with just enough activity to prevent further decline.

Up on the UK-Continent, TC23 similarly to the Mediterranean hovered in the WS130-135 region all week.


Another quiet week has led to rates slipping again. In the Middle East the rate for 270,000 mt Middle East Gulf to China was eased about 2.5 points to WS44.95 (a round trip TCE of $22,300 per day basis the Baltic Exchange’s vessel description), while the 280,000 mt Middle East Gulf to US Gulf trip (via the cape/cape routing) the rate is now assessed half a point lower at 31.28.

In the Atlantic market, the rate for 260,000 mt West Africa/China dropped 2.7 points to WS47.15, which shows a daily round voyage TCE of $26,200. In the US Gulf arena, while the market has been quiet for US exports, an influx of Brazil export enquiry has kept rates to minimal reductions. The rate for 270,000 mt US Gulf/China is now assessed $416,667 lower than a week ago at $7,600,000 ($30,600 per day round trip TCE, about $3,000 less than last Friday).


The Black Sea and Mediterranean markets continued on a downward trend with the rate for 135,000 mt CPC/Med shedding another eight points to WS121.28 (a round trip TCE of just below $53,000 per day).

In the Atlantic region, the West African market was quiet again, and the US Gulf arena was not attracting vessels away either. The rate for 130,000 mt Nigeria/Rotterdam tumbled 12 points to WS101.75 (a round trip TCE of $49,100 per day). In the Middle East, the rate for 140,000 mt Basrah/Lavera eased again, losing four points to WS65.


In the North Sea, the rate for the 80,000 mt Hound Point/Wilhelmshaven lost six points to settle around the WS147.5-150 level (showing a round-trip daily TCE of $54,500).

In the Mediterranean, despite a very busy Libya programme, the rate for 80,000 mt Ceyhan/Lavera fell 21 points to WS176 (a daily round trip TCE of about $58,900).

Across the Atlantic, the Stateside Aframax, after a short week with very little reported activity, has weakened rates. The rate for 70,000 mt East Coast Mexico/US Gulf dropped a little over 30 points WS167.5, which shows a TCE of about $45,500 per day round trip. For the 70,000 mt Covenas/US Gulf trip the rate slackened almost 26 points to WS156.5 representing a round trip TCE of $38,200 per day, and for the trans-Atlantic route of 70,000 mt US Gulf/Rotterdam the rate is now nearly 32 points softer than last Friday at WS148 (a round trip TCE of $35,500 per day).
Source: The Baltic Exchange

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