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Market Spotlight: US shipping industry

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.


Americas crude oil production, transportation trends to continue into 2015
December 17, 2014
It was a tumultuous year for crude oil in the Americas, and Canadian, Latin American and US crudes will keep evolving into 2015.
Low gasoil prices dampen market appetite for biofuels in Asia
December 17, 2014
An overview of the biodiesel market's current situation given the decline in crude prices, and the ethanol market's expectations for 2015.
Shipping industry will see new marine fuel requirements with the new year
December 16, 2014
On Jan. 1, 2015, sulfur content will be required to drop to 0.1% in fuels used within 200 miles of the US and Northwestern European coasts.
Excess tonnage leads to sluggish Q4 dry bulk freight market
December 02, 2014
Platts editors discuss the lackluster Capesize market in the seasonally strong fourth quarter and the trend building up in the Panamax and Supramax segments.
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Analysis & Data Features

November 17, 2014
Asia's largest oil consumers have collectively bought around 43% more Nigerian crude this year compared with 2013.
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Asian imports of Angolan crudes lower then from Nigeria
Angolan crudes did not find the same buying support from Asia, however, with nothing to offset the 1% decline in Chinese offtake.

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The Barrel Blog

October 03, 2014
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?
September 22, 2014
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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News Headlines

Houston (Platts)--17 Dec 2014 348 pm EST/2048 GMT
Brazilian imports of liquefied natural gas surged to 715,425 cubic meters during the first half of December, up nearly 136% from 303,500 cu m imported during the same period last year, data from Platts unit Bentek Energy showed Wednesday.
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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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