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Daily Briefing October 15 2019

Free to read: Tanker rates hit fresh 15-year high | Iranian oil tanker freed by Gibraltar offloads cargo in Syrian Waters | Iranian tanker continues to spill oil after Red Sea ‘attack’

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What to watch


Rates for very large crude carriers stabilised near the $300,000 per day level on Monday, as traders and charterers sought direction from China-Iran trade negotiations to determine the duration of the highest shipping costs in 15 years.

The 2m barrels of crude on board the Iranian-controlled tanker Adrian Darya 1 has been transferred onto tankers that have now delivered the cargo into the Syrian port of Banias, vessel-tracking and satellite imagery shows.

Radar images show the Iranian-owned suezmax tanker Sabiti leaking a large trail of oil days after the Islamic republic claimed it was attacked by two missiles as it sailed in the Red Sea.


Analysis


Drewry says the disconnect between supply and demand fundamentals and freight rates is indicative of a return to predatory pricing on the part of some carriers within the trade.

Dirty tanker market rates have lured long range two tanker owners to switch to dirty cargoes from carrying clean petroleum products. This month saw at least nine LR2s changing from clean to dirty markets as the surge in very large crude carrier markets shows no sign of stopping.


Opinion


The Lloyd’s List Podcast: This week our containers kingpins James Baker and Linton Nightingale discuss the peak season that never was and why flexibility trumps size; our chief correspondent Richard Clayton offers up the key lessons he’s learned from talking to the leading shipmanagment executives; and Nidaa Bakhsh explains why governments are considering their options when it comes to casualty reporting.

From The News Desk: With the energy markets in flux and so many macro-economic unknowns colouring daily decisions there is an overwhelming need to make sense of it all. Well, don’t worry, we have you covered — take a read through our expert analysis of the current tanker spike and then book yourselves into a selection of the Lloyd’s List Outlook events coming up.

Shipping’s leaders meeting later this month in Singapore later this month must look to a challenging future with confidence rather than attempting to improve the past, writes Richard Clayton.


Markets


Malaysia’s national oil company, Petronas, completed earlier this month a third break-bulk ship-to-ship transfer of a liquefied natural gas cargo to two different buyers.

France’s Total has expanded its partnership with Adani group to supply liquefied natural gas in India. The partnership includes two imports and regasification liquefied natural gas terminals — Dhamra in East India and potentially Mundra in the West.


In other news


Santos is buying out US energy giant ConocoPhillips’ share of interests in Austalia’s second-oldest liquefied natural gas exporting terminal and other oil and gas assets that ConocoPhillips holds along the country’s northwestern coast for more than $1.39bn.

Korea Line, Pan Ocean, SK Shipping, Hyundai LNG Shipping and H-Line Shipping have reportedly teamed up to make a bid for LNG shipping contracts from Qatar Petroleum.

US allegations against a leading Chinese artificial intelligence firm could scuttle its plans to develop artificial intelligence ship surveillance systems with Mitsui OSK Lines.

Cosco Shipping Holdings, the boxship and port arm of state conglomerate China Cosco Shipping Corp, has raised $212.3m in a bond issue to repay debts.

Pacific Basin, a Hong Kong-based company focused on smaller-sized bulk carriers, says it will look to ‘cautiously grow’ as it sees a return of momentum in the dry bulk markets.

One in four of all trucks heading for the UK through the Netherlands do not have the paperwork that would allow them to embark on ferries Britain leaves the European Union, according to a Dutch transport group.

Search and rescue operations for seven missing seafarers of the sunken Bourbon Rhode continue.

Michael Parker of Citi has warned shipping companies that they face being caught unprepared by the changing face of the industry as the climate agenda pursues its course.

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