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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Blog posts and podcast episodes

24 11月 2021

Weight of Freight: The third quarter was hard on tankers, is optimism justified?

The third quarter for tanker owners was "among the most challenging for our market in recent memory" the chief executive of Belgian dirty tanker owner Euronav, Hugo de Stoop, says.

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原油 石油製品 フレート/輸送 Global Africa Asia-Pacific Europe FSU Latin America and Caribbean Middle East North America English

18 11月 2021

Weight of Freight: Bunkers loom larger in oil freight equation

High oil prices aren’t just hitting the pocketbooks of drivers, but are straining the finances of oil consumers across the supply chain — including oil tanker operators who foot the bill for fueling vessels that carry crude from one port to another.

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フレート/輸送 石油製品 原油 Global Africa Asia-Pacific Europe FSU Latin America and Caribbean Middle East North America English

26 10月 2021

Weight of Freight: Q&A — Dry bulk market outlook positive: Norden

The dry bulk market has experienced a record-breaking year in terms of freight rates across the Pacific and Atlantic basins. The resurgence of economies post-pandemic, an increase in Chinese commodity demand and vessel supply inefficiencies have all underpinned strong r...

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フレート/輸送 石炭 Agriculture 金属 Asia-Pacific North America Europe English

18 10月 2021

Weight of Freight: European MR rates down despite steady Europe-US volumes

US Gulf clean product exports have remained slow in the wake of Hurricane Ida, keeping MR tanker rates across the Atlantic basin under pressure, despite solid volumes flowing from Europe to the US.

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石油製品 フレート/輸送 Europe North America English

06 10月 2021

Weight of Freight: International Seaways gets bunker optionality in Shell partnership

Derek Solon, chief commercial officer at International Seaways, spoke with Argus about how the company is adapting to a shifting landscape for the shipping industry amid forthcoming environmental regulations.

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28 9月 2021

Weight of Freight: Volatile outlook for VLGC market?

Rising Indian LPG consumption is likely to drive up demand for very large gas carriers (VLGCs) from the Mideast Gulf in the fourth quarter and into 2022, and this could disperse the fleet and amplify the price impact of any market inefficiencies.

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LPG/NGL フレート/輸送 Global English Middle East Asia-Pacific

21 9月 2021

Weight of Freight — Oil, Germs, and Shipping: 2H2021 northeast Asia oil product tanker outlook

Asia-Pacific clean tanker rates are likely to push higher for the second half of 2021, following usual seasonal demand upturns, opening economies facilitated by increased levels of global vaccination, and higher tonne-mile-demand following arbitrage economics.

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フレート/輸送 石油製品 Asia-Pacific English

08 9月 2021

Weight of Freight: Floating storage release is key to tanker scrapping

Tanker scrapping has soared this year on depressed freight rates and elevated scrap prices, but will that trend continue? Argus spoke with Tamara Apostolou, the head of research for shipbroker Intermodal, about the many factors that could affect scrapping and the crude ...

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01 9月 2021

Weight of Freight: Challenges for clean tankers with Norden‘s head of chartering

Argus and DS Norden team up to explore the clean tanker market in this latest episode in the Weight of Freight series.

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18 8月 2021

Weight of Freight — Weighing the past to understand the future: Dry bulk outlook 2H 2021

Asia-Pacific dry bulk rates are likely to remain solid for the second half of 2021, as the market is optimistic following firm expectations for iron ore, thermal coal and grain exports. But are there potential pitfalls?

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フレート/輸送 Asia-Pacific Agriculture 石炭 金属 English

09 8月 2021

Guyana output a buoy for west coast Americas tankers

The Pacific coast Americas tanker market is finding support from an unlikely source in Atlantic basin producer Guyana, whose 120,000 b/d of newly online crude supply is often shipped across the Caribbean on one tanker and re-exported off Panama’s west coast on another.

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原油 フレート/輸送 Latin America and Caribbean English

29 7月 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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原油 Global English Africa Asia-Pacific Europe Latin America and Caribbean Middle East North America

15 7月 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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01 7月 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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28 6月 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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石油製品 Latin America and Caribbean North America Asia-Pacific English

27 5月 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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フレート/輸送 石油製品 English Asia-Pacific

25 5月 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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14 5月 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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天然ガス/LNG フレート/輸送 Global Asia-Pacific North America English

22 4月 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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19 4月 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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フレート/輸送 Asia-Pacific 原油 English

30 3月 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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フレート/輸送 Agriculture 金属 石炭 LPG/NGL 石油製品 Africa Middle East Europe Asia-Pacific English

23 3月 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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18 3月 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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12 3月 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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石油製品 天然ガス/LNG バイオエネルギー 化学肥料 排出権 Global English Asia-Pacific Europe Latin America and Caribbean Middle East North America

04 3月 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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08 2月 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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24 2月 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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16 2月 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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08 2月 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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29 1月 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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石油製品 English

27 1月 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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金属 Europe フレート/輸送 English

14 1月 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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天然ガス/LNG North America English

18 12月 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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01 12月 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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原油 フレート/輸送 Africa Europe North America English

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