|2020-03-17 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
邹勤 摘译自 路透社
Asian Oil Buyers Hiring Smaller Ships as Supertanker Rates Soar
A growing number of Asian oil refiners are looking to hire smaller vessels to carry crude from the Persian Gulf after a Saudi Arabian booking spree spurred a surge in supertanker rates.
The cost of shipping oil on Very Large Crude Carriers on the widely referenced Middle East to Asia route has jumped around 350% over the past week. However, chartering rates for smaller Suezmax and Aframax vessels haven’t caught up yet, with the cost to hire an Aframax up just 34% over the period.
State-owned oil company Petronas, for example, provisionally booked Suezmax Odessa to carry Middle Eastern crude to its Malaysian refinery, according to fixtures and three traders and shipbrokers. Two Indian refiners also said they will use more smaller ships to import oil from the Persian Gulf.
Shipowners are reluctant to rent out their vessels on hopes that rates may rise even higher as supply tightened after Saudi Arabian tanker company Bahri booked more than 20 vessels this month, most of which were VLCCs. The kingdom has told customers it will significantly ramp up deliveries globally.