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Indonesia Seizes Iran, Panama-flagged Vessels Citing Illegal Oil Transfer

Jan 25, 2021

Indonesia said its coast guard seized the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Freya vessels over suspected illegal oil transfer in the country's waters on Sunday.Coast guard spokesman Wisnu Pramandita said the tankers, seized in waters off Kalimantan province, will be escorted to Batam island in Riau Island Province for further investigation.'The tankers, first detected at 5:30 a…

Indian Oil Corp Buys its First Cargo of Iraqi Basra Medium Oil

Jan 06, 2021

Indian Oil Corp (IOC) , the country's top refiner, has loaded its first cargo of Iraq's newly introduced Basra Medium crude grade, according to ship-tracking data from Refinitiv Eikon and a source with knowledge of the matter.IOC loaded the cargo onto Minerva Kalypso…

Report: Venezuela Resumes Oil Shipments to China Despite U.S. Sanctions

Nov 27, 2020

Venezuela has resumed direct shipments of oil to China after U.S. sanctions sent the trade underground for more than a year, according to Refinitiv Eikon vessel-tracking data and internal documents from state company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA)…

Report: Seven Xihe Holdings Tankers Up for Sale

Sep 17, 2020

The supervisor of Singaporean shipping group Xihe Holdings Pte Ltd has put seven oil tankers controlled by the company up for sale as part of efforts to recoup funds owed to creditors, three sources said on Wednesday.   Xihe Holdings is part of the Lim family business empire…

OET Gets Hold of Newbuild Suezmax 'Nissos Sikinos'

Sep 15, 2020

Greek oil tanker operator Okeanis Eco Tankers has taken delivery of the Suezmax tanker “Nissos Sikinos” today.The tanker was delivered from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea and is the first of the two Suezmaxes that will be delivered to the company by the end of September…

Sri Lanka Plugs Leak on Fire-stricken Supertanker

Sep 14, 2020

Sri Lanka has initiated repair work on the ruptured fuel oil tank in the engine room of a stricken fully loaded oil supertanker after plugging the leak, the country's Navy said.The supertanker is currently 52 nautical miles (96 kms) from the Sri Lankan coast…

Sri Lanka Working to Stop Fuel Leak from Fire-hit Oil Tanker

Sep 11, 2020

A salvage team is still trying to plug a fuel leak from the fire-stricken New Diamond oil supertanker, Sri Lankan Navy spokesman Indika de Silva said on Friday.The tanker, which is carrying the about 2 million barrels of oil, caught fire on Sept…

BP Charters Supertanker to Store Oil Off Malaysia at "Lowest Rate Yet"

Sep 10, 2020

Oil major BP has provisionally chartered a supertanker to store crude oil off Malaysia at this year's lowest rate yet, according to industry sources and data on Refinitiv Eikon.The charter is the latest in a flurry of ship bookings made by oil majors and trading houses after tanker rates plunged…

Sri Lanka Has "Better Control" Over Fresh Fire on Supertanker, Navy Says

Sep 08, 2020

Sri Lanka has 'better control' over a fresh fire on a loaded supertanker off the island nation and is looking for any signs of potential oil leaks from the ship. A fire first broke out last Thursday in the engine room of the very large crude…

Sri Lanka Tows Burning Supertanker off Coast. One Crewman Presumed Dead

Sep 04, 2020

Sri Lanka began towing a fully loaded supertanker on fire off its east coast after it began drifting towards land, a spokesman for the navy of the Indian Ocean nation said on Friday.The fire was still raging on the New Diamond tanker carrying about 2 million barrels of oil…

Fully Loaded Oil Tanker Catches Fire Off Sri Lanka

Sep 03, 2020

A fully loaded oil tanker has caught fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka, which has dispatched an aircraft and two navy ships to help in the rescue, a Sri Lankan navy spokesman said on Thursday.The New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC)…

China's Crude Imports Surged 25% in July

Aug 07, 2020

China's crude imports surged 25% in July from a year earlier, as massive purchases made while prices collapsed in April arrived and as some shipments delayed at ports in June finally cleared customs.China, the world's top crude oil importer…

China's Surging Crude Imports Mask Weakness in the Rest of Asia

Jul 27, 2020

The ongoing flood of crude oil into China is obscuring the fact that demand in the rest of Asia remains weak, and that countries in the world's top-consuming region didn't join China is stocking up when prices slumped.China's crude imports set consecutive records in May and June…

China's Oil Port Congestion to Stretch On Well into August

Jul 23, 2020

Congestion at China's east coast oil ports that is adding to costs for shippers and importers is likely to run well into August, with crude shipments set to hit another record high this month, according to analysts and Refinitiv data.The massive inflows are straining offloading facilities…

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