Weekly Tanker Report – Week 16, 2022

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The Baltic Briefing has issued the tanker report for the 16th week of this year. The report dated 22nd April 2022 provides valuable insight into this week’s tanker market dealings, freight rates, and charter activities.

Clean

An upturn in freight this week in the Middle East Gulf. The LR2s of TC1 75k Middle East Gulf / Japan came up 10.71 points to WS148.57. The LR1s also jumped and TC5 55k Middle East Gulf / Japan is currently WS193.57 (+29.64) and a trip west (TC8) has breached the $3m mark, now up to around $3.2m and looks to be firm at time of writing.

The MRs of TC17 35kt Middle East Gulf / East Africa were very active this week and rates have ticked up again. The index is currently WS327.08, up 16.25 points and a TCE of 26,000 $/day.

West of Suez, on the LR2s, TC15 80k Mediterranean / Japan has retested up after a period of relatively unclear activity. A couple of voyages fixed at $2.9m this week. The LR1s of TC16 60k Amsterdam / Offshore Lomé have also rallied and hit WS175 this week.

On the UK-Continent, MRs have seen incremental softening. Both TC2 and TC19 have come down around 8.5 points to WS205.28 and WS215.71 respectively with the delta between the two routes stable at its usual 10 points.

The USG MR market has fallen this week almost to mirror the extraordinary rise it took before the long easter weekend. TC14 38k US Gulf / UK-Continent slumped 82.86 points to WS185.71 and TC18 the MR US Gulf / Brazil trip also had a large chunk taken out of it and is now marked at WS235.71 (-77.86).

The MR Atlantic basket TCE dropped from $36,085/day to $20,959/day. TC9 30kt Primorsk / Le Havre has been relatively stable for the most part, only losing 6.43 points to WS313.57. In the Mediterranean TC6 30kt Skikda / Lavera’s downward trend continued to WS371.88 (-20 points) but it is still rendering a round trip TCE of just over $60,000 / day at present.

VLCC

A shortened week has seen tonnage lists build and sentiment has weakened. For 280,000mt Middle East Gulf / USG (via Cape of Good Hope) the rate has fallen almost two points and is now assessed at WS30.

Meanwhile, in the 270,000mt Middle East Gulf/China market, rates have also eased two points to around the WS50 mark (a round trip TCE of minus $1,800 per day), with Unipec reported taking a Maran vessel and a VL8 Pool ship at WS50.

In the Atlantic region, demand has reduced and rates came under pressure. For the 260,000mt West Africa / China route, where there has been limited fixture activity this week, rates fell from low-mid WS60s last week, through the WS60 mark earlier this week and are now assessed at WS57 ($7,000 per day round-trip TCE).

In the 270,000mt US Gulf / China market, rates suffered a similar fate having fallen back through the $7m mark to now be assessed at $6,775,000 (a round voyage TCE of $3,900 per day).

Suezmax

Rates for the 135,000mt Novorossiysk / Augusta eased 25 points since Tuesday and are now assessed at just under WS270 (a round-trip TCE of $127,100 per day). After the recent upward pressure caused by the US Gulf and Caribbean markets eased, rates for 130,000mt Nigeria/UKC have dropped about 40 points this week to WS122.5 / 123 level (a round-trip TCE of $22,000 per day).

For the 140,000mt Basrah / West Mediterranean route the rates have slipped from Tuesday’s WS62.5 to the latest assessment at WS56, as Turkish refiners were reported to have fixed a modern Greek vessel at WS55 for a voyage to Turkey.

Aframax

The 80,000mt Ceyhan / Mediterranean market fell hard, losing over 60 points this week to WS172.5 (a round-trip TCE of $28,600 per day). In Northern Europe the rate for 80,000mt Hound Point / UK Continent shed 13 points since Tuesday to WS168 (round-trip TCE of $28,700 per day).

In the Baltic Sea markets, as the war in Ukraine continues, Russian cargo owners are still having to seek buyers from countries such as India and China. One Russian charterer reported fixing an overaged Greek vessel at $12m from Ust Luga to North China. For the 100,000mt Primorsk / UK Cont trip, demand for tonnage has understandably significantly reduced.

Tied with less of a need for ice-class Aframaxes and a building position list, sentiment has pushed rates back down through the WS600 mark and the latest assessment is at WS573.75 (a round voyage TCE of $261,400 per day).

Across the Atlantic, the market has also turned downwards with rates for the shorter-haul 70,000mt EC Mexico / US Gulf route falling 12.5 points since Tuesday to WS240 (a round-trip TCE of $40,900 per day).

For the 70,000mt Caribbean/US Gulf trip, rates slipped eight points this week to WS233 (a round-trip TCE of $35,400 per day). In the 70,000mt US Gulf/UK Continent market, rates shifted 12.5 points lower to WS204 ($26,300 per day round-tip TCE).

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Source: Baltic Exchange

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