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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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Crude imports from Persian Gulf to USGC set to rise in November
New York (Platts)--20 Oct 2014 438 pm EDT/2038 GMT
Imports of crude from the Persian Gulf into the US Gulf Coast look set to rise in November, an analysis of Platts cFlow ship-tracking software data showed Monday.
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Global LNG Update: Indonesia expects to offer eight excess LNG cargoes this year, 30 in 2015
October 15, 2014
Indonesia is seeking buyers for about 38 available LNG cargoes in 2014-15 due to the expiration of some contracts, a senior official with upstream regulator SKK Migas said on October 14.
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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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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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China's H1 2014 apparent oil demand edges up on year
July 25, 2014 - Platts' Song Yen Ling analyzes China's apparent oil demand during the first six months of 2014, which edged up 0.6% on year to 9.91 mil b/d.
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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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