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Dry bulk freight market: Swimming precariously

August 31, 2015 (9:00)

Platts editors examine the state of the dry bulk market as bunker fuel prices see a phenomenal drop.


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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Analysis: Russia sees bunker fuel price volatility due to exchange rate, competition
London (Platts)--2 Sep 2015 814 am EDT/1214 GMT
St.Petersburg and Novorossisk faced a challenging August, with their bunker fuel prices falling to six-month lows due to weakening crude prices, ruble/dollar exchange volatility, and increasing competition from rival ports and local suppliers.
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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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