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January 20, 2017
We consider commodity prices during President Barack Obama's tenure and will track how they change during President Donald Trump's time in office.
January 05, 2017
The expected growth in international shipments as a slew of new ethane crackers and associated derivative units start coming online this year has US ports gearing up to nab a piece of the action.
December 07, 2016
2020 is the shipping industry’s Y2K: lowering the marine fuel sulfur limit to 0.5% will be a big, costly affair. But the change has been a long time coming.
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London (Platts)--20 Jan 2017 855 am EST/1355 GMT
The quantity of North Sea crude in tankers in the region has dropped this week, with the current structure of the contracts for difference curve providing no incentive for traders to float cargoes.
Singapore (Platts)--20 Jan 2017 246 am EST/746 GMT
India will impose a total of 4.5% service tax over freight on cargoes imported on a delivered or CFR basis from January 22, shipping market participants said Thursday.
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Feature: Q4 2016: Dry Bulk Shipping Overview

December 23, 2016
The beginning of the fourth quarter for the Capesize market was relatively lackadaisical, but freight rates surged to a 23-24 month high for several key routes by early part of H2 November.
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Panamax freight rates see better-than-expected Q4
The Panamax vessels in the Asia Pacific saw their best returns for 2016 during the fourth quarter. Charterers had to pay up entice shipowners to ply on shorter routes within the Pacific.
Atlantic Panamax market has a roller coaster Q4 2016
The Atlantic Panamax market saw a roller coaster Q4 2016, buffeted by shifting Chinese and Indian demand for coal and iron ore from South Africa, Indonesia and Australia.


The impact of the IMO's 2020 sulfur cap: Interview with Ensys/Navigistics
December 22, 2016
- The presidents of EnSys Energy and Navigistics Consulting talk to Platts about their study regarding the potential impacts of the IMO's 2020 global sulfur cap.
Coal prices wait on China production and winter severity
November 25, 2016
- We discuss recent moves in European and Asian thermal coal markets, from the rapid increase in Australia Newcastle 6000 NAR coal prices, to the more recent price retreat and where the market might head next.
Upcoming IMO decision on global sulfur cap could boost scrubbers demand
October 05, 2016
- Interview with the head of Yara's scrubber business on the upcoming IMO emissions decision on whether to implement a global sulfur cap of 0.50% on marine fuels in 2020.
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Published November 2014

Platts assesses open market rates for the chartering of dirty tankers, clean tankers and barges.

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