Friday, December 21, 2007

Persian Gulf Tanker Rates May Drop

Persian Gulf Tanker Rates May Drop as Refineries Delay Cargoes
By Alaric Nightingale
Dec. 20 (Bloomberg)


The cost of shipping Middle East crude to Asia, the world's busiest market for supertankers, may drop as oil companies resist paying record prices to hire ships.

Very large crude carriers, or VLCCs, are making about $300,000 a day on benchmark international trade routes to Asia, according to prices compiled by Bloomberg. In 2004, the previous record year, they made $290,000 a day, according to London-based shipbroker Galbraith's Ltd.

Charterers who hire ships for oil companies may now be ``holding back if possible for fear of paying too much,'' Charlie Fowle, a director at the company, said in an e-mailed note today.

Sinochem Corp., China's biggest chemicals trader, hired the tanker C. Champion at a rate of 285 Worldscale points, according to a report today from Oslo-based shipbroker PF Bassoe AS. That's 10 percent below the London-based Baltic Exchange's benchmark rate of 317.66 points for voyages to Asia.

Higher Rates

Flat rates for ships loading next year are higher than those in 2007 because of record refueling costs. The Baltic Exchange's assessments reflect 2007 flat rates until the end of the year.

At 317.66 Worldscale points, owners of double-hulled very large crude carriers, or VLCCs, can earn about $297,0777 a day on a 39-day round trip from Saudi Arabia to South Korea, based on a formula by R.S. Platou, an Oslo-based shipbroker, and Bloomberg marine fuel prices.

That means costs for Japanese refineries fell 0.4 percent to $7.42 a barrel from $7.45 a barrel on Dec. 18.

There are 23 modern two-hulled tankers available for hire within the next 30 days, according to a report today from Paris- based Barry Rogliano Salles. There were 40 such ships competing for cargoes two months ago, according to the shipbroker.

3 comments:

reza said...

dear sir/madam
i am involve with a feasibly study which need some data in regard of crude freight rate from Persian gulf to Mediterranean sea and also from Venezuela to Mediterranean sea. specially difference between Suez max and VLCC fee
if its possible please let me know how i can reach some data for this issue

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