LSFO futures trade to clear clouds over bunker prices
With less than 11 months left until the IMO 2020 regulation on low-sulphur bunker fuel comes into effect, the availability and price of the low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) as well as high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) are still very uncertain. The uncertainty is making investment decisions pertaining to the upcoming regulations difficult for all industry participants, ranging from shipowners, charterers, refiners and bunker suppliers.
31 Jan 2019: US sanctions on Venezuela to boost tonnage demand for tankers
US sanctions on Venezuela are likely to change the pattern of crude tanker trade, with long-haul trade replacing the short-haul trade. While the prospective change in trade pattern will favour VLCCs, it will work against Aframaxes.
22 Jan 2019: Are chemical tankers ready to meet forthcoming IMO fuel regulations?
The impending IMO fuel deadline is creating a dilemma for chemical tanker owners―should they install scrubbers or replace high sulphur fuel (HSFO) by burning cleaner fuels, such as low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO), LPG or LNG?
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