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Temporary suspension of oil tanker operations after Tianjin port blast
August 14, 2015
Platts editors look at how the recent explosions at Tianjin port in China are affecting the oil shipping market.
Rotterdam fuel oil weak despite arbitrage loadings, prompt bunkers supported
July 30, 2015
Platts editors discuss the recent weakness and healthy supply of the Rotterdam high sulfur fuel oil market, despite the recent slew of arbitrage fixtures from the region.
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.
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Singapore fines for unlicensed bunker fuel suppliers not severe enough: trade
Singapore (Platts)--28 Aug 2015 916 am EDT/1316 GMT
The fines imposed by the Singapore courts on unlicensed bunker fuel suppliers at the port are not severe enough to deter repeat offenders, according to trade sources.
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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

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?
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.
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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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