Unexpected profit of Russia: the freight of oil tankers has strongly fallen in price

Earlier this year, supertanker charter rates hit record highs. The excitement was caused by the desire of traders to accumulate oil in tanks in order to later take advantage of the record gap between spot and future prices. Freight rates for very large crude oil carriers (VLCCs) from the Persian Gulf to China have reached $180 a day, while VLCC time charter rates for floating storage have jumped to $120 a day.

But now the situation has changed: rates on supertankers have fallen sharply. Ships capable of carrying 2 million barrels of crude oil are now making about $38 a day, down 62% from just a few weeks ago, according to Bloomberg. This happened immediately after OPEC+ cut production and the US national stockpile was extremely depleted. All this led to a reduction in shipping by sea. It is reported by Bloomberg.

This situation played into the hands of Russian crude oil exporters. In the context of the embargo and the price ceiling for oil from the Russian Federation, low freight rates made it possible to "fit" into the limit on the cost of raw materials, with the opportunity to increase the selling price of black gold. Previously, the profits of companies from Russia were affected by high transportation costs (freight and fuel), but now it is possible to offset part of the costs through unexpected profits in the form of cheap chartering of tankers (if we are talking about official oil trading under Western price cap legislation).
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  1. prior Offline prior
    prior (Vlad) 12 December 2022 13: 05
    So are we still fighting or trading?
    It follows from the article that our oil traders and not only: war is a mother's kin.
    1. Pivander Offline Pivander
      Pivander (Alex) 12 December 2022 14: 20
      RF trades to fight. So everything is connected.
  2. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 12 December 2022 15: 10
    Tales of the Vienna Woods .... So far, we are only losing on oil, and the farther, the more. Even at 60, many do not want to take.
  3. SVlyga Offline SVlyga
    SVlyga (Sergei ) 13 December 2022 14: 51
    Eliminate PMCs in the Russian Federation. Then you can hit the rear of Ukraine.
    Then all foreigners in Ukraine are representatives of other States legally, but for now, mercenaries are like ours.