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Fearnleys: VLCC activity ‘far disappointing’ last week

In its weekly report for 12-20 March, Fearnleys said that VLCC activity has been far disappointing, the market for Aframaxes trading in the North Sea and Baltic came off significantly, while for the Suezmax type, continued sparse activity in the West has allowed Charterers to pull rates even further down. 

CMES to raise $610m for new-builds and scrubbers

China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) announced its plan to raise around RMB4.1bn ($610 million) through new share offering. The company will use part of the money to fund newbuilds on order, including four VLCCs and two VLOCs. It also expects to spend $50 million on fitting 10 VLCCs with scrubbers.

Sentinel announces new deepwater crude oil export facility

Sentinel Midstream, a Texas-based midstream solution provider, is the latest company to present its designs for the development of a new deepwater terminal, located near Freeport, Texas. The proposed Texas Gulflink will be capable of fully loading Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) vessels.

Bahri replies to accusations of breaching Venezuela sanctions

Saudi Arabia’s tanker owner Bahri has dismissed reports that one of its very large crude carriers (VLCCs) was breaching U.S. sanctions on Venezuela. ‎The company reports that the cargo, they’re accused of, was contracted on January 9, 2019, well before the U.S. sanctions were imposed against Venezuela on January 28, 2019. The company’s 303,000 dwt oil tanker Abqaiq is on its way from the Red Sea to pick up a cargo from the ‎Port of Jose ‎Terminal in Venezuela for one of its Indian customers.

Crude oil export port to be created off Freeport

Texas COLT, a proposed joint venture among Enbridge, Kinder Morgan, and Oiltanking, announced that it has submitted an application with the US Maritime Administration to construct and operate a deepwater crude oil export port located off the coast of Freeport, Texas. The submission with MARAD starts the application process for Texas COLT which is expected to be in-service by 2022.

Libya planning to accommodate VLCCs once again

According to Gibson Shipbrokers, Libya is planning to build a new port suitable for VLCCs to berth. The port will aspire to leverage its strategic location for vessels travelling between Asia and Europe through the Suez Canal and to and from the US. VLCCs have not fully loaded in port for more than 5 years because of a build-up in silt at the Es Sider terminal.

MOL: Dry bulk market to weaken due to trade war

MOL says that the dry bulk market will weaken because of uncertainty over the trade war between the US and China. In addition, the very large crude oil carrier market has gradually weakened since the start of 2019, after peaking at the end of 2018. MOL expects repeated ups and downs until the end of February, which is the winter demand period.

Hyundai Heavy wins order for 3 VLCCs as S. Korean shipbuilding grows

Hyundai Heavy Industries informed that it has secured a 320 billion won deal to construct three VLCCs. Hyundai Heavy will deliver the vessels, each being 330 meters long and 60 meters wide, beginning in the second half of 2020. Hyundai Heavy and its two affiliates aspire to win $15.9 billion worth of shipbuilding deals in 2019, marking an increase of 21% from 2018.

Euronav signals strong start for 2019, questions scrubbers

Euronav highlights its strong 2019 start in the maritime industry and its support to the IMO 2020 regulations. The key options on the table to becoming compliant are scrubbers and compliant fuels, including low-sulphur fuel and alternative marine fuels such as LNG, LPG or even methanol.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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