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Little change to crude tanker market from Qatar crisis: Poten

New York tanker broker Poten’s latest weekly report suggests the crude tanker impact from the current Qatari diplomatic standoff will be minimal.

Co-loading could have a small negative impact on VLCCs, while aframaxes and suezmaxes could benefit, Poten stated in the wake of last week’s severing of ties between nine Arab states and Qatar over the latter’s alleged support of terrorist groups.

For product carriers, especially the ones involved in the naphtha trades, the need to split cargoes for one-port loading in Qatar will create more demand for smaller MR and panamax (LR1) product tankers, while reducing the use of the larger aframax size LR2 tankers, Poten suggested.

Concluding the broker maintained: “In the short-term, the uncertainty and loading inefficiencies have added a (small) premium to tanker rates in the Middle East, but even if the crisis continues (and unless it escalates), markets will quickly adjust and normalize.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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