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Nigerian tanker ban sparks anger in shipping, oil sectors
July 23, 2015
Platts editors discuss the recent decision by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ban 113 crude tankers from loading at Nigerian oil terminals.
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.
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China's coastal coal freights continue to slip in week to July 28
Hunan, China (Platts)--28 Jul 2015 602 am EDT/1002 GMT
Freight rates for shipping coal from northern China's Qinhuangdao port to the other Chinese ports of Zhangjiagang, Shanghai and Guangzhou in eastern and southern China continued to drop in the week to July 28, Qinhuangdao Port said Tuesday.
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Commodity Pulse

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.

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

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?
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?
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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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