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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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USGC VGO glut hampers arbitrage from NWE despite FCC restarts: traders
London (Platts)--30 Oct 2014 500 pm EDT/2100 GMT
Despite rising US feedstock differentials, the vacuum gasoil arbitrage from Northwest Europe to the US remains constrained amid a glut of VGO in storage on the Gulf Coast and expensive Panamax freight rates, sources said Thursday.
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Podcasts

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Oil, shipping sectors react to challenges presented by Ebola outbreak
October 30, 2014 - The impact on the oil, shipping markets of the Ebola outbreak in W. Africa; steps taken by the industry to continue loading operations in the region.
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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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News Features

Global LNG Update: December JKM dips below $13.00/MMBtu
October 30, 2014
Ample availability of spot cargoes, coupled with high inventories, has driven LNG spot prices for December delivery to levels not seen since 2010, Platts data shows.
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Blogs

Could a Jones Act waiver move US crude export policy?
US crude oil exports appear to be the next big energy policy battle, but could a rift between East Coast refiners and US producers, as well as a historic shift in US export rules, be avoided with a limited, temporary waiver to a century-old shipping law?
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.
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Industry Solution Papers Library

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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