Conor Stone of McQuilling Services shares the group’s views on the recent development of the OPEC/non-OPEC Production Agreement in the context of upcoming US sanctions on Iran. Global trade flows to the East are likely to adapt to the new geopolitical environment as Iran volumes are replaced by producers in the Middle East and the Atlantic Basin. From a vessel supply perspective, we are likely to see an impact from increased Iranian floating storage next year.
Are Markets Rebalancing?
April 25, 2018
McQuilling Services expresses observations through the first quarter of 2018 regarding vessel demand and supply with focus on recent activity in the VLCC scrap market. Many of the demand trends observed in the second half of 2017 are continuing this year as explained in this episode. For the balance of the year, the group expects the majority of tanker fleets to continue expanding, while the recent growth in newbuild contracts may pose additional risk to oversupply down the road.