VLCC rates on the Baltic Exchange’s benchmark TD3 time charter equivalent route reached further record lows yesterday in what has been a week where supertankers have plummeted to even greater depths.
Rates on the route from the Middle East to China stood at $8,330 yesterday. One cargo to South Korea received 17 offers before settling for a 2017-built vessel at approximately $23,500 per day.
Belgian tanker giant Euronav, while announcing its quarterlies yesterday, warned of two key possible hurdles owners face ahead of any recovery, namely a return to restrictions based on further or new strains of Covid-19 and a high oil price affecting consumption recovery.
Analysts at Evercore described the tanker markets as being in ‘complete shambles’ on Thursday.
Evercore noted, “The ongoing delays in a sustainable uplift continues to keep most investors disinterested in the sector.”
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Moreover, Fearnleys said this week’s VLCC doldrums were down to a combination of owners lacking the fight, as sentiment remains as low as it can get, coupled with the abundance of relets, something the Norwegian broker described as the charterers’ Trojan horse in a weekly update, going on to predict more of the same in the foreseeable future.
J Mintzmyer, a shipping stock analyst from US-based Value Investor’s Edge, warned yesterday that the enormous amount of VLCCs sinking in water this year will need to see the clearance of 50+ VLCC equivalents to bring about any form of market balance.