- Nordic Rio delivered into the Pool in February 2018
- 1 vessel attended regularly scheduled drydock
The first quarter TCE returns took a sharp downward correction compared to the fourth quarter of last year. The tanker rates suffered from low activity and high newbuilding deliveries and as a result rates were down substantially in all segments. The Suezmax sector is being hampered by excess tonnage with 15 ships delivered year to date and 33 more to come. This current situation does not look likely to change in the coming months. On the demand side, on-going curbs in supply from the Middle East, however someone offset by strong increases in volumes seen from production in the United States and the potential for the longer haul suezmax trade from the USG to Asia all give hope that there are better days ahead. As before, expect Suezmax to underperform through 2018 on high fleet growth relative to other segments.
The Pool continues to operate at a high effeciency with 70.4% ship days earning revenue for the quarter as compared to 70.5% for a rolling 12 month average.