Tankers: VLCCs Making Gains, as Clean Market on Correction Mode
LRs in the Middle East Gulf have been subject to more freight rate reductions this week. TC1 has dropped 54.29 points to WS225.71 and TC5 similarly has lost WS52.14 to WS296.43. On the MRs TC17 has had a rebound after bottoming out at WS470 midweek, it now sits at WS513.33 ($47k / day round trip TCE). In the West, the LR2s of TC15 have fluctuated up and down this week. And, after peaking at $4.6m on Wednesday, have resettled at $4.44m for now. The LR1s on TC16 stabilised after dropping from WS250 to WS235. There are reports of that being repeated a few times this week. The TCE for this run still holding in the low $30,000s / day.
On the UK-Continent the MRs have finally come under pressure and freight has consistently been chipped away at this week. TC2 dropped 23.06 points to WS330 ($28.5k /day round trip TCE) and TC19 followed suit losing 23.57 points to WS338.57.
The USG MR market has continued its resurgence this week, sentiment has remained strong and activity levels consistent. TC14 has risen to WS275 (+WS28.75) and TC18 has also hiked up WS43.33 to WS390 ($43k / day round trip TCE). The MRA TCE rose from 45,837 to 47,829.
On the Handymax, TC6 has taken a hit this week from low activity levels. The Index has dropped 41.87 points from WS510 to WS468.13 with reports of WS460 on subs for a Cross Mediterranean voyage at the time of writing. In the Baltic, TC9 has remained steady this week ticking up and incremental 8.57 points to WS511.43. Handymax TCEs shouldn’t be ignored at the moment and are still just under $85k / day round trip TCE level in the Mediterranean (TC6) and around $57k / day round trip TCE in the Baltic (TC9).
VLCC rates rose again this week. 280,000mt Middle East Gulf/USG (via Cape of Good Hope) is assessed four points higher at WS33 while rates for 270,000mt Middle East Gulf/China were up another five points to almost WS55 (a round trip TCE of minus $10,600 per day). In the Atlantic, rates for 260,000mt West Africa/China saw a similar rise, improving by five points to just shy of WS56.5 (minus $8,200 per day round-trip TCE). However, the rate for 270,000mt US Gulf/China voyage remained static at $6,162,500 (a round-voyage TCE of minus $15,900 per day).
Rates for 135,000mt Black Sea/Augusta remained the same again this week at the WS128-129 level (a round-trip TCE of $23,800 per day). The 130,000mt Nigeria/UKC route, meanwhile, saw rates dip six points early on in the week and recovering to almost WS120 on Thursday (a round-trip TCE of about $18,400 per day). In the Middle East, rates for the 140,000mt Basrah/West Mediterranean fell seven points to WS57 with very little activity reported.
The 80,000mt Ceyhan/Mediterranean market faced further downward pressure this week and rates were pushed down 16 points to just below WS165 (a round-trip TCE of about $24,200 per day). Northern European activity tailed off and, as a result, rates for 80,000mt Hound Point/UK Continent lost 17 points to WS170 (a daily round-trip TCE of $32,600). The 100,000mt Primorsk/UK Cont route showed an improvement of 11 points to WS186.5 (a round-trip TCE of $41,500/day).
Across the Atlantic, the markets touched bottom and are bouncing back before the long weekend incorporating Independence Day. Rates for the 70,000mt EC Mexico/US Gulf route rocketed almost 39 points to between WS195/197.5 (a round-trip TCE of $23,800 per day) and for 70,000mt Caribbean/US Gulf the rate shot up 33 points to just shy of WS190 (a round-trip TCE of about $19,100 per day). For the transatlantic trip of 70,000mt US Gulf/UK Continent, rates were boosted by 30 points to almost WS183 ($18,100 per day round-tip TCE).
Source: The Baltic Exchange