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In the LOOP: US Gulf Coast VLCC exports ramp up amid wider price spreads

Wider price spreads between US crudes and Dubai-based crudes have opened arbitrage opportunities to export US crude to Asia, leading to a recent increase in VLCC exports out of the US Gulf Coast, S&P Global Platts data shows. The second VLCC to part...

Argentina’s currency crash hits shale development

When Argentina’s currency plummeted by 50% this year, the oil sector started to worry about a slowdown in the development of Vaca Muerta, the country’s biggest shale play. The peso’s crash led the central bank to hike the benchmark interest ra...

US jet fuel output soars amid record-breaking summer travel

This summer has seen oil prices at their highest levels in four years, but you would never guess that by looking at the statistics for US travel or jet fuel market fundamentals data. As Americans have taken to the skies in unprecedented numbers this...

Has an Australia-to-Europe iron ore arbitrage opened?

China has long been the epicenter of the iron ore market. Australian miners’ medium grade iron ore fines are the foundation of China’s sinter feed, with other regions having to compete for space in the mix. Radical changes in procurement prefere...

The magic of the IRR: Are high returns prompting the return of investment funds in shipping?

The internal rate of return, or simply the IRR, is the magic figure that private equity fund managers, shipping-focused investors and affluent shipowners alike employ to determine if an investment makes sense. The investment firm recently launched b...