The Weight of Freight content series

The Weight of Freight content series

In this series, Argus’ global team of experts explore the intricate, yet powerful connections between the shipping and commodities markets.

Through podcasts, blogs, white papers and more, this series focuses on different markets, themes and regions to give you the very latest insights to understand the weight of freight.

Argus podcast episodes are available on a variety of podcast platforms as well as the Argus Blog, where each episode can be streamed and is provided with a full transcript and related links.

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This free monthly email includes handpicked industry news, analytical insight, special featured content and key pricing indications, helping to keep you ahead of the global freight market.

Blog posts and podcast episodes

29 July 2021

Weight of Freight — Not a magic bullet: Opec+ boost could have little impact on VLCC freight

The 18 July Opec+ deal to steadily unwind its crude oil production cuts through to the end of September next year is certainly a positive development for the VLCC (very large crude carrier) tanker market.

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Crude oil Global English Africa Asia-Pacific Europe Latin America and Caribbean Middle East North America

15 July 2021

Weighing the past to understand the future: Aframax outlook 2H 2021

The Aframax tanker market outlook looks quite bleak for the rest of 2021. Struggling ton-mile demand and uncertainty around the global pandemic are weighing heavily on the overall sentiment for the market. Extra pressure is coming from the abundance of tonnage in both A...

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English Global Crude oil

01 July 2021

Weight of Freight: Is high price of crude good for tanker market?

We welcome a special guest from Vortexa in this next instalment of the Weight of Freight podcast series.

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English Oil products Freight & Transportation

28 June 2021

West coast Latin America looks to Asia for refined products

As US refinery capacity growth stagnates, Asia-Pacific refiners are slowly but surely stepping into the void to meet recovering gasoline and diesel demand on Latin America’s west coast.

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Oil products Latin America and Caribbean North America Asia-Pacific English

27 May 2021

Weight of Freight: Mideast refinery expansions to add 100,000 b/d of distillate exports

Argus Freight reporter, Vivien Gu, joins Stefanos Kazantzis, Commercial Director at McQuilling Services for a special Weight-of-Freight episode.

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Freight & Transportation Oil products English Asia-Pacific

25 May 2021

Weight of Freight: The “King’s” carriage: Can tanker owners break the cycle of low rates

We welcome a special guest from Teekay Tankers in this next instalment of the Weight of Freight podcast series.

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English Global Oil products Freight & Transportation

14 May 2021

Asian premium beckons as US LNG outgrows Panama

Higher premiums for spot LNG delivered to Asia could become more common, with growing US liquefaction having already far outstripped the capacity of the Panama Canal.

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Natural gas/LNG Freight & Transportation Global Asia-Pacific North America English

22 April 2021

Weight of Freight: US-Brazil fuel trade to play a leading role for MR tankers

Join our latest Weight of Freight podcast where we discuss current trends in the atlantic basin product tanker market with a special guest.

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English Global Oil products Freight & Transportation

19 April 2021

Port delays in China cost crude traders big time

While all eyes were on the Ever Given, a flotilla of ships in northern China was held up for even longer. Delays are eating into arbitrage as ports struggle to keep up with increased crude imports — with costs to traders sometimes topping more than $1.1mn a day.

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Freight & Transportation Asia-Pacific Crude oil English

30 March 2021

5 things we learnt from the Suez Canal blockage

On the afternoon of Monday 29 March, the containership Ever Given was freed from the banks of the Suez Canal, upon which it ran aground on 23 March.

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Freight & Transportation Agriculture Metals Coal LPG/NGL Oil products Africa Middle East Europe Asia-Pacific English

23 March 2021

Global LPG Conversations: Freight market developments plus European propane, butane price shifts versus naphtha

Argus LPG Editor Peter Wilton and reporter Aidan Lea sit down with Alan Hayes, VP of Business Development to discuss seasonal dips in the value of both grades of LPG versus competing petrochemical feedstock with a focus on the recent freight market developments.

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LPG/NGL Petrochemicals Freight & Transportation Europe English

18 March 2021

Weight of Freight: Dirty tanker rates to face “painful” recovery

We welcome a special guest from Gibson Shipbrokers in this next instalment of the Weight of Freight podcast series.

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English Global Freight & Transportation Oil products

12 March 2021

Decarbonisation in the bunker market

With the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 2020 sulphur regulation changes now in the rear-view mirror, IMO 2030 represents the next major milestone in the bunker market. There are different ways that the market will meet these targets and the stricter ones ou...

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Oil products Natural gas/LNG Bioenergy Fertilizer Emissions Global English Asia-Pacific Europe Latin America and Caribbean Middle East North America

04 March 2021

Weight of Freight: Dry Bulk outlook with Golden Ocean CEO

This episode in the Weight of Freight welcomes Golden Ocean to share their opinion on 2021 and discuss their recent ship purchases.

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English Global Oil products

08 February 2021

Talking IMO 2020, transparency, and preparing for the future with KPI OceanConnect CEO Søren Høll

Our latest marine fuels webinar explores the global market and volumes in 2021, as well as how owners and operators can deliver cost-effective marine energy procurement strategies.

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English Oil products Freight & Transportation

24 February 2021

The Crude Report: Texas’ cold snap boosts US Aframax spot, futures prices

Aframax tonnage has been tight in the Atlantic basin thanks to heavy demand for fuel oil loadings in Europe, but demand grew even more this past week as charterers rushed to secure vessels for US loadings in response to Texas’ unusual winter weather.

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Crude oil Freight & Transportation North America English

16 February 2021

Changing Flows: Possible shifts to Asia’s clean tankers following refinery developments in Australia

This podcast focuses on the possible impacts to clean tankers in the region, owing to Australia’s refinery developments.

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Global English Freight & Transportation

08 February 2021

Weight of Freight: How will shipowners spend cash in 2021?

Like any industry, shipping needs a sea of cash to keep sailing ahead. The volatile year of 2020 might have given shipowners in tankers and dry bulk markets more money to work with, but how will they spend it in the uncertain 2021?

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English Oil products Freight & Transportation

29 January 2021

Changing Flows: The impact of Australia’s refinery developments to Asia’s dirty tankers

Listen to experts from our Singapore team as they discuss developments in Australia's oil products industry and how it might affect commodity demand and trade flows.

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Oil products English

27 January 2021

China’s iron ore hunger should support dry bulk rates

To support its booming steel output, China’s only viable option for more iron ore is Brazil, which will serve to support Capesize rates and tonne-mile demand.

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Metals Europe Freight & Transportation English

14 January 2021

Why are carriers with US LNG changing tack for Suez?

Ongoing congestion at the Panama Canal has spurred firms delivering US LNG to east Asia to seek alternative routes, with the Suez Canal emerging as the preferred option in recent weeks.

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Natural gas/LNG North America English

18 December 2020

Peter Sand on tanker freight - The balance of optimism and realism

Special freight podcast introducing guest Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO. This episode spotlights the impact of freight on global commodity markets.

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English Global Freight & Transportation Oil products

01 December 2020

Return of Libyan crude oil could curb tanker demand

The ramping up of Libyan crude production in recent weeks has led to more bookings for Aframax tankers in the Mediterranean, helping to briefly lift freight rates from their summer lows.

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Crude oil Freight & Transportation Africa Europe North America English

Other content and services

  • Why Latin America should care about tanker freight’s depression

    Clean petroleum products importers in Latin America are heavily exposed to tanker freight volatility. This paper outlines Argus’ expectations for freight rates and how uncertain geopolitical landscapes and tighter orderbooks may easily bring back volatility.
  • ARGUS Freight

    Argus Freight provides daily freight indexes, news and analysis and is a must-have source of market intelligence for all industry players exposed to seaborne transportation costs. It covers the key trade routes for both clean and dirty tankers, as well as dry bulk and LPG markets.
  • ARGUS freight and transportation capabilities

    Argus covers freight rates in the tankers, dry bulk and LPG markets, along with pipeline, rail and barge transportation prices and provides the latest insight into the impact of freight on a wide range of commodity markets.
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Argus oil trade route maps

The increased volatility in prices for oil products and clean tankers freight rates is keeping the market on its toes. As trade routes and arbitrages grow unstable, a comprehensive view into the links between products and shipping costs is required. These weekly maps give you that view.

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