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Cross-Mediterranean clean freight rates at 5-month low on ample tonnage
London (Platts)--17 Apr 2014 804 am EDT/1204 GMT
Cross-Mediterranean clean tanker freight rates on a 30,000 mt basis were assessed by Platts at a five-month low of $7.28/mt Wednesday, or Worldscale 115, and were pegged at the same level in early Thursday trade, market sources said.
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Prospect of Libyan oil ports reopening; the changing ICE Gasoil futures contract
April 11, 2014 - Discussing an agreement in Libya which could lead to oil ports reopening; the latest move by ICE to change the specification of its Gasoil futures contract.
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WAF crude exports to US recover on N. American logistics constraints
March 12, 2014 - Discusing an increase in crude exports from W. Africa to the US; its effect on related Nigerian, Med crude prices; and a Libyan tanker carrying illegal crude.
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OPEC oil output in March: A reversal of recent trends
OPEC output took a significant decline in March, according to the latest Platts survey. It also marked a reversal of recent trends, wherein Saudi Arabia would normally make up for shortfalls out of other OPEC countries.
Oil-rich South Sudan teeters on the brink
South Sudan the week ended December 20 saw heavy fighting with as many as 500 killed or wounded, as army factions clashed in the capital following months of political tension in the oil-rich nation after the president dismissed his deputy.
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Big Asian buyers slash Iranian oil imports
February 10, 2014
If Iran and six world powers reach a comprehensive agreement on the nuclear issue and sanctions on the Islamic Republic are fully lifted, Tehran will have to work hard to regain the share of world oil markets it lost when US and EU sanctions targeting the country's oil revenues came into force in mid-2012.
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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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