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September 14, 2014 (3:39)
International rules for sulfur emissions soon will toughen for ships traveling within 200 miles of North American and European shores. The impending change has shippers, refiners, traders and bunker suppliers all looking for the best options for compliance.
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ATLANTIC PANAMAX DRY: Flat rates seen due to excess tonnage and weak demand
London (Platts)--19 Sep 2014 403 pm EDT/2003 GMT
The Atlantic Panamax market was flat on Friday, with owners relying on US Gulf grain exports to raise the Atlantic market, but more cargo is needed to change sentiment, sources said.
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US shale boom writes a tale of two emerging classes of gas carriers
Growing natural gas liquids production spurred by the US shale gas boom has stoked interest in new classes of ships to move ethane and LPG across oceans: very large ethane carriers and ultra large gas carriers.
The shipping business gets ready–with new fees–for the dawn of cleaner fuels
The bunker fuel market in the Atlantic Basin is just a bit more than 100 days away from the next shift in the sulfur emissions cap on ships traveling within 200 miles of shore in North America and North West Europe, a designated Emissions Control Area. And some of its impact on costs is starting to show up.
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Tanker markets feel impact from Libya crude loading restarts, Ebola crisis
August 20, 2014 - Assessing the impact of crude oil loading restarts from Ras Lanuf, Es Sider on tanker markets; latest on the spread of Ebola in W Africa.
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China's H1 2014 apparent oil demand edges up on year
July 25, 2014 - Platts' Song Yen Ling analyzes China's apparent oil demand during the first six months of 2014, which edged up 0.6% on year to 9.91 mil b/d.
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Global LNG Update
August 13, 2014
South Korea's state-owned Korea Gas Corp. imported 19.96 million mt of LNG in the first half of this year, down 7.3% from 21.53 million mt a year earlier, the company said in a statement August 12.
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Dated Brent: The Pricing Benchmark for Asia-Pacific Sweet Crude Oil
The Dated Brent benchmark has taken on an increasingly significant role in the determination of oil prices in the entire Asia-Pacific region. This paper examines and explains the reasons for this ongoing and accelerating trend. (published May 2011).
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