Baltic Exchange has issued the tanker report for the 42nd week of this year. The report of 21st October 2022 provides valuable insight into this week’s tanker market dealings, freight rates, and charter activities.
The BCTI finished the week at 1231, up from 1226 the previous week.
In the Middle East Gulf freight levels stabilized with cargos evenly balanced with tonnage. Most routes consequently registered marginal increases from where they were the same time last week. The LR2s of TC1, 75k Middle East Gulf / Japan, went up from WS 196.25 to WS 197.81 (+1.56), a round-trip TCE of $36,162/day.
LR1s have also seen a similar flat trajectory over the last week with TC5, 55k Middle East Gulf / Japan, climbing 6.43 points to WS 199.29. On TC8 Middle East Gulf / UK Cont, again the rates were barely budging from last week’s numbers finishing at 52.05 $/mt (a lumpsum equivalent of approximately $3.38m).
The MRs of TC17, 35kt Middle East Gulf / East Africa, were also subdued with charterers keeping cargoes back resulting in drop of 29.76 points to WS 338.57 a round trip TCE of $31,219 / day.
West of Suez, on the LR2s, TC15, 80k Mediterranean / Japan, have also softened losing $45,833 and finishing the week at $3,716,667.
The LR1s of TC16 60k Amsterdam / Offshore Lomé softened slightly by WS 2.14 ending up at WS 228.57.
On the UK-Continent, MRs freight levels registered gains with TC2 37k UK-Continent / US Atlantic Coast breaking through the WS 300 mark to finish at WS 301.94, (+WS 23.05). TC19 37k Amsterdam to Lagos, followed suit and finished at WS 311.07 (+WS 20.3).
Rates for U.S. Gulf MRs have calmed from their previous volatility and now appear subdued. TC14 38k US Gulf / UK-Continent, increased to WS 197.50 (+3.33) and TC18 the MR US Gulf / Brazil run also increased to WS 308.33 (+13.33). MR Atlantic Basket finished the week at 38,683 (+3,200).
The VLCCs saw an upward trend across the board with large gains made especially when looking east. 270,000mt NHC Middle east Gulf to China rose over 13.5 points to finish at WS 107.5 (a TCE Round trip earning of $72,199) while West Africa-China 260,000mt NHC rose by over WS 15, to close at WS 107.45 (a round trip TCE Earning of 71,595). USG/China 270,000mt NHC saw similar rises gaining over $1M throughout the course of the week to finish at $11,700,000 a TCE round trip of $56,830.
A slightly more muted market going west still saw increases with Middle East/USG rising to finish the week at WS 57.33 (an increase of over $8500 per day TCE earning to $21,595 per day round trip).
The Suezmax market from the Black Sea saw slight gains rising to WS 192.56 with a TCE daily return of $82,190. This was outperformed by the Middle East market, which had a further increase of over WS 12 points closing at WS 97.94 (a daily TCE Earning round trip of $26,078) for AG/Med 140,000mt NHC liftings.
The Aframax market in the US has seen high volatility with huge gains especially made in the Caribbean-USG 70,000mt route, which ended at WS 380.63 – an increase of WS 156.25 over the course of the week. This was followed, if slightly less impressively, by gains of WS 65 for USG-ARA 70,000mt which still finished on WS 300 – a high for the year so far – and gave a TCE daily return of $65,7562 per day round trip.
Over in Europe the market was steadier with increases for all routes but modestly so in comparison to the US. North Sea – Continent 80,000mt gained WS 5 points over the week to WS 211.56, while Baltic-UKC 100,000mt saw almost WS 10 points to finish at WS 233.75 (a TCE round trip daily earning of $77,390).
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Source: Baltic Exchange