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November 12, 2015
Traders expect the winding down of freight rebates offered by S Korea to domestic refiners that import non-Middle Eastern crude to have minimal impact on North Sea oil exports to Asia next year.
September 22, 2015
Platts editors discuss falling water levels on the Rhine River since mid-July, addressing rising NWE barge freight rates and the overall pricing impact of the situation.
August 14, 2015
Platts editors look at how the recent explosions at Tianjin port in China are affecting the oil shipping market.
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Houston (Platts)--30 Nov 2015 405 pm EST/2105 GMT
Heavy fog that has plagued the US Gulf Coast for the last four days has lifted enough that Houston Pilots Monday have resumed boarding all vessels on the Houston Ship Channel, a dispatcher said.
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Commodity Pulse

Golden Age or Bronze Age: Where is the clean tanker market heading?

October 02, 2015 (13:23)

Freight rates have improved this year, but as with any commodity, there's no crystal ball to tell the market for sure if current price trends are sustainable.

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.

The Barrel Blog

September 11, 2015
On Sep 10, House Energy and Commerce subcommittee passed HR 702, which would repeal all limits on US crude exports. Platts Brian Scheid on the implications of this policy.
August 11, 2015
According to marine insurers and shipping sources, nickel ore is now the biggest source of liquefaction incidents in the international dry bulk trades.
July 22, 2015
Banks are continuing to adjust their roles in commodity trading, including for oil, natural gas, metals, iron ore, freight and more. What does it mean for markets?
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Published November 2014

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

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