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The Baltic Exchange - Weekly Tanker report

05 Ιουλίου 2024.



MEG LR2’s saw just enough demand to keep rates stable this week. The TC1 rate for 75Kt MEG/Japan floated around the WS180-WS190 level all week and the 90kt MEG/UK-Continent TC20 voyage held in the $5.8-$5.9m region.

West of Suez, Mediterranean/East LR2’s improved off the back of some activity this week. The TC15 index hopped up $200,000 to $3.9m.




In the MEG, LR1’s looked to soften this week with available tonnage abundant. The 55kt MEG/Japan index of TC5 dipped from WS231.88 to WS227.19 and the 65kt MEG/UK-Continent of TC8 remained flat at $4.8m.

On the UK-Continent, a 60Kt ARA/West Africa run on TC16 came down to WS138.61 (-2.78) off the back of very little activity this week.




MR’s in the MEG came under significant pressure this week. The TC17 35Kt MEG/East Africa index lost 55.72 points to WS248.57.

On the UK-Continent MR’s held onto current freight levels. The 37kt ARA/US-Atlantic coast of TC2 settled at the end of the week at WS182.19, which is a Baltic round trip TCE of $19,675/day. The TC19 run (37kt ARA/West Africa) mirrored TC2 all week and is currently pegged at WS202.19.

As USG MR’s dropped off significantly this week prior to the national holiday. TC14 (38kt US-Gulf/UK-Continent) dropped to WS192.14 (-37.86). The 38kt US Gulf/Brazil on TC18 went from WS329.29 to WS282.14 and the 38kt US-Gulf/Caribbean of TC21 came down 36% to $1.04m now returning $40,647 /day on Baltic description round trip TCE.

The MR Atlantic Triangulation Basket TCE dropped $8012 to $36,391.




In the Mediterranean, 30kt Cross Mediterranean (TC6) remained flat at the WS185-190 level. In northwest Europe, the TC23 30kt Cross UK-Continent came back down 10.84 points this week to WS165.83.




The VLCC market eased ever so slightly this week. The rate for the benchmark 270,000 mt Middle East Gulf to China slipped a point from last Friday to WS48.45, which provides a daily round-trip TCE of $24,266 basis the Baltic Exchange’s vessel description.

In the Atlantic, market weakness was matched. The 260,000mt West Africa to China was down a point for the week at WS54.17, showing a round voyage TCE of $30,976/day, and the rate for 270,000mt US Gulf to China fell by $108,500 to $7,630,000 corresponding to a round-trip daily TCE of $34,072.




The Suezmax market in West Africa took a tumble this week, with little activity being reported. An oil major was reported to have had a cargo early in the week, for which at least 10 ships were offering so the sentiment dropped off.

The rate for 130,000mt Nigeria to UK Continent route fell almost 10 points by Thursday to WS100 (a daily round-trip TCE of $36,509) while the 135,000mt CPC/Mediterranean route remained flat hovering around the WS120 mark (showing a daily TCE of a little above $47,000 round-trip). In the Middle East, the rate for 140,000mt Middle East Gulf to the Mediterranean (via the Suez Canal) continues to be assessed around the WS93.5 level.




In the North Sea, the rate for the 80,000mt Cross-UK Continent plummeted 14 points to WS131.67 (a daily round-trip TCE of $32,041 basis Hound Point to Wilhelmshaven).

In the Mediterranean market the rate for 80,000mt Cross-Mediterranean slipped one point to WS152.61 (basis Ceyhan to Lavera that shows a daily round trip TCE of $39,764).

Across the Atlantic, the US Independence holiday on Thursday meant a short week. For the 70,000mt East Coast Mexico/US Gulf (TD26) the rate slipped 2.5 points to WS171.56 on Wednesday (a daily TCE of $39,634 round trip) and the rate for 70,000mt Covenas/US Gulf (TD9) was a little over three points softer at WS168.75 (a round-trip TCE of $32,041/day). The rate for the trans-Atlantic route of 70,000mt US Gulf/UK Continent (TD25) eased almost 2 points to WS171.39 (a round trip TCE basis Houston/Rotterdam of $38,404 per day).









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