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US shale production will shape the future of global commodity markets

April 19, 2016 (4:56)

From crude oil to refined petroleum products, from natural gas to LNG and NGLs, from feedstocks to petrochemical products, US shale is making a huge impact on many sectors.


April 19, 2016
Following an exceptionally bearish winter, freight rates in the dry bulk Atlantic Handysize and Supramax market have seen a rebound in recent weeks, but what hurdles might still lie ahead?
March 21, 2016
As President Barack Obama leaves for his historic trip to Cuba, what could a potential end to the long-standing trade embargo means for US crude oil and petroleum products exports?
March 14, 2016
Platts senior editors Brian Scheid and Herman Wang talk to Foreign Reports' Matt Reed to learn how IS oil is traded on the black market and who is buying it.
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London (Platts)--29 Apr 2016 921 am EDT/1321 GMT
The key bunker fuel grade of 380 CST broke above the 200/mt barrier Friday in the Dutch bunkering hub of Rotterdam as crude continued to strengthen, sources said.
Singapore (Platts)--29 Apr 2016 920 am EDT/1320 GMT
Bunker trader WE Bunker has appealed against a Singapore court ruling that it immediately pay a Vietnamese customer $1 million in a long-running dispute over 2012 bunker deliveries, court papers filed this week showed.
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Feature: Dry Bulk Shipping Outlook

March 14, 2016
Market conditions have generally been very bearish across the entire dry bulk sector for the last six months, largely due to vessel oversupply and plummeting bunker prices.
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Capesize: Atlantic, Pacific
Capesize freight rates were coming off a high in October, under pressure from a slide in global cargo count and an increase in ballasters to the Atlantic region.
Pacific Panamax
The Pacific Panamax freight rates were sliding through the fourth quarter of 2015 on the back of lackluster demand within the Pacific.

The Barrel Blog

March 31, 2016
Brian Scheid on how a nearly century-old US shipping law that has broad, bipartisan support in Congress faces a new opposition effort aimed at lessening costs to East Coast refiners.
March 31, 2016
Anthony Poole was surprised to see a large number of empty container berths in the vast, sprawling container terminals of Singapore.
March 09, 2016
Joseph Conrad said, "There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea". Platts Konstantinos Tsolakis gives an account of the maritime industry today.
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Freight methodology

Published November 2014

Platts assesses open market rates for the chartering of dirty tankers, clean tankers and barges.

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