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The hour of the wolf for dry bulk Panamaxes

June 18, 2015 (16:48)

Platts editors focus on the Atlantic Panamax market, examining the factors driving price levels for the workhorses of the dry bulk shipping market and whose key cargoes are coal and grains.

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Norway's Fredriksen merges groups, creates major tanker fleet owner
London (Platts)--2 Jul 2015 710 am EDT/1110 GMT
Norwegian Johan Fredriksen said Thursday he would merge two companies he controls, Oslo listed Frontine and Frontline 2012, that combined would create one of the world's biggest tanker groups.
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Refiners, ship owners profit from North Sea crude glut as sellers struggle
June 17, 2015
Why are many North Sea crude oil cargoes floating stationary off the UK coast, and what does it mean for European refiners and the WAF crude market?
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia start offering crude oil on CFR/CIF basis to Asia
June 10, 2015
Platts editors explain how offering to pay for crude oil freight will work for the Middle Eastern sellers and their Asian buyers.
Uncertainties remain in Nigerian gasoline market
May 21, 2015
Examining recent developments in the Nigerian gasoline market, where concerns arose over the quarter on payments of subsidies to gasoline suppliers.
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Analysis & Data Features

February 12, 2015
New forecasts from OPEC and the IEA suggest that lower oil prices will have a significant impact on non-OPEC oil supply later this year.
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Oil prices dive as OPEC rolls over
Despite the push by some OPEC members for a crude output cut, it became clear that Saudi Arabia had no appetite for cutting production.The market would stabilize itself eventually, oil minister Ali Naimi said. Prices resumed their downward helter skelter as the meeting broke up.

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The Barrel Blog

January 27, 2015
The economic arguments for exporting US crude are fairly well-known. But the foreign policy benefits of exports are not as widely talked about.
January 23, 2015
To what extent will the fall in prices affect economic growth rates for Africa’s oil exporters, and what about government spending cutbacks?
January 09, 2015
The capsizing and sinking of the Bulk Jupiter, as well as the loss of all but one of the crew and marine insurers, serves as a stark reminder about the importance of following safety procedures and best practices in the handling and loading of dry bulk carriers.
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Freight methodologyPublished November 2014

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

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