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OPEC’s decision bodes well for the tanker market: Strong Middle East crude exports will continue

7th December 2015

OPEC’s latest decision to keep up oil production is seen by shipbrokers as a further boost for the tanker market. At the end of last year OPEC’s historic decision to defend its market share had massive repercussions for oil markets, resulting in the collapse of oil prices, falling US shale oil output, major overhang of crude supply and dramatic cutbacks in the oil companies’ capital expenditure. In contrast, OPEC’s strategy “turbocharged” the crude tanker market, generating more seaborne trade to existing and new markets, supporting operational/logistical floating storage and fuelling delays and inefficiencies in tanker transportation.

 

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