Weekly Tanker Report – Week 49, 2022


Baltic Exchange has issued the tanker report for the 49th week of this year. The report of 09th December 2022 provides valuable insight into this week’s tanker market dealings, freight rates, and charter activities.


LR2s in the Middle East Gulf have remained stable this week with TC1 holding around the WS290 mark all week. A run west on TC20 lost a modest $42,000, but still sits over the $6,000,000 level giving a round-trip TCE of just over $78,000 / day. LR1s have continued to strengthen across the week with TC5 jumping 23.21 points to WS345.71 and a trip west on TC8 hopping over the $80 /pmt mark to settle at $5,216,900. MRs have seen an improvement in the region, with TC17 adding six WS points to WS475 and TC12 climbing WS5.32 to WS348.13.

West of Suez, LR1s have fluctuated down and then back up this week. They bottomed out in the WS290s, down from WS330, only to quickly return back up the WS315. There are reports of WS320 currently on subjects. The LR2s have been reasonably active and TC15 has held level at $5,200,000, with that level widely reported fixed a couple of times during the week. On the UK-Continent, MRs have been held up by demand all around North west Europe. TC2 has hovered around WS405 all week, and similarly TC19 has been pegged steadily at the WS425 mark.  

In the US Gulf MR rates have eased off across this week. TC14 lost 13.33 points to WS307.5 and TC18 also shed 15 points down to WS440.83. On a voyage to the Caribbean (TC21) also settled down to $1,441,667 after a $1,475,000 fixture reported early in the week.  

The MR Atlantic Triangulation Basket TCE lost $102 from $71,674 to $71,572. On the Handymax, TC6 has been subject to little enquiry and tested down by charterers with WS415 reported on subjects several times. In the Baltic, TC9 continues its upward trend with index rising to WS630.36 (+30.36). On Cross continent runs TC23 ticked up and over WS390 where it is held for the moment.


The VLCC market eased downwards again this week. 270,000mt Middle East Gulf to China is now rated four points lower than a week ago at between WS72.5-75 (a daily TCE round trip of $40,500). Meanwhile, 280,000mt Middle East Gulf to US Gulf (via the cape/cape routing) trip is assessed 5.5 points down at the WS51.75 level.

In the Atlantic region, the rate for 260,000mt West Africa/China dropped five points to about WS73.5 (a round-trip TCE of $41,400 per day) and 270,000mt US Gulf/China fell heavily by over $2.4 million to $9,318,750 ($42,300 per day round trip TCE).


The Suezmax market had ups and down last week. Rates for 135,000mt CPC/Augusta recovered 24.5 points to just shy of WS300 (a round-trip TCE of $158,400 per day). Meanwhile, the 130,000mt Nigeria/Rotterdam voyage dipped by 4.5 points to about WS183 (although maintaining a daily TCE of about $71,700 round trip). The 140,000mt Basrah/Lavera market slipped another five points to the WS93.5/94 level.  


In the European Aframax market rates picked up a little. The 80,000mt Hound Point/Wilhelmshaven route rose five points to WS325 (a round-trip daily TCE of $153,200) and in the Mediterranean, the 80,000mt Ceyhan/Lavera market climbed four points to between the WS362.5-365 level (a daily round trip TCE of $132,600).  

The Stateside Aframax market continued in freefall mode, with rates for the 70,000mt East Coast Mexico/US Gulf route plummeting another 208 points to WS253 ($60,400 per day round-trip TCE).

Similarly, the 70,000mt Covenas/US Gulf voyage has tumbled, losing close to 187 points to WS245 (a daily round-trip TCE of $53,800). For the longer-haul 70,000mt US Gulf/Rotterdam voyage, rates fell by a comparatively small 32.5 points to WS282.5 ($65,500 per day round-trip TCE).  


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Source: Baltic Exchange


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