Baltic Exchange has issued the tanker report for the 13th week of this year. The report of 31st March 2023 provides valuable insight into this week’s tanker market dealings, freight rates, and charter activities.
The clean product freight market has been this week with LRs losing some of their usual alignment. TC1 has softened a touch down to WS180.63 (-WS3.43) with a TC20 run west dipping from $4,650,000 to $4,540,000. However, on the LR1s TC5 has climbed up 22.93 points to WS206.79 off the back of plenty of activity midweek. At these levels the TCE has been taken back over the $40,000 per day round trip TCE mark. TC8 also improved steadily, coming up $112,000 to $3.79m. MRs have been consistently tested and at the time of writing TC17 sits at WS240 (-WS25).
West of Suez, LRs have been muted. In the Mediterranean, TC15 shed $104,000 to $3,800,000m after a widely reported midweek fixture at this level. Up on the UK-Continent, TC16 has been resolute at the WS180 mark all week.
On the UK-Continent MR owners managed to improve freight levels, predominantly off the back of a tightened vessel supply. TC2 has jumped up 31.11 points to WS293.89 and similarly TC19 added 32.15 points to WS304.29.
In the Americas, the MR market fluctuated up and down. TC14 peaked at WS117 after climbing up from WS111.25. It then returned back down the WS110. TC18 followed suit and topped out at WS218 (up from WS205) to resettle back down to WS210. On a TC21 run to the Caribbean, the index hopped from $690,000 to $770,000 – then ended up at $675,000 after a widely reported fixture.
Handymax vessels have been relatively active. TC6 has hovered in the W450s, and TC23 was driven up to WS343 midweek only to return back to WS335.
The VLCC market continued to fall this week. For the 270,000mt Middle East Gulf to China voyage the rate fell a further 10 points to WS80.05. This translates to a daily round voyage TCE of $68,900 per day basis the Baltic Exchange’s vessel description. The rate for 280,000mt Middle East Gulf to US Gulf (via the cape/cape routing) is assessed 5.5 points lower at WS60.61. In the Atlantic market, the rate for 260,000mt West Africa/China dropped 7.5 points to WS81.95, showing a round trip TCE of $71,700 per day. The rate for 270,000mt US Gulf/China fell a little more than $444,000 to $11,294,444 ($61,800 per day round trip TCE).
The Black Sea and Mediterranean markets have been a little quieter this week, with the only notable fixture from CPC being an Italian charterer reported fixing a Greek owner 135,000mt at WS167.5 with sentiment a little softer. Accordingly, the rate for 135,000mt CPC/Augusta was assessed on Thursday 15 points lower than a week ago at WS166.33 (a round-trip TCE of $86,800 per day). In the Atlantic, the USG market is still attracting owners away from West Africa although rates have arguably weakened a little. The rate for 130,000mt Nigeria/Rotterdam marginally slipped one point to about the WS140 mark (a round-trip TCE of about $64,500 per day). In the Middle East the rate for 140,000mt Basrah/Lavera eased 5 points to WS70.
In the North Sea market, the rate for the 80,000mt Hound Point/Wilhelmshaven route settled about 1.5 points lower than a week ago at WS180 (a round-trip daily TCE of $75,800).
In the Mediterranean, the rate for 80,000mt Ceyhan/Lavera fell back after the recent sharp rise, losing nearly 36 points to be rated at a little over WS245 (a daily round trip TCE of $94,100).
Across the Atlantic, the Stateside Aframax market was significantly weaker – although the corresponding vessel earnings are still comparatively impressive.
The rate for 70,000mt East Coast Mexico/US Gulf tumbled about 91 points to just over WS285 ($98,800 per day round-trip TCE) and the rate for 70,000mt Covenas/US Gulf had 88 points slashed from assessments a week ago to just below WS270 (a daily round-trip TCE of $84,300). For the Transatlantic route of 70,000mt US Gulf/Rotterdam, the rate is fell away 59 points to WS200 (showing a round trip TCE of $53,711 per day).
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