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Eco-Business: Is volatile fuel used in racing cars a new power source for ships?
July 07, 2014
"Global IMO curbs will lower emissions to 0.5 per cent in 2020 or 2025 from the existing 3.5 per cent. The controls have led shipping firms to consider alternative fuels as methanol, which is sulphur free and has low levels of nitrogen oxide, as well as low-sulphur diesel and LNG. Methanol is cheaper than LNG, which costs between $900 and $1,100 a tonne, including port and storage costs, according to maritime services consultant Poten & Partners."
Hellenic Shipping News: Tanker trade in the US not free from risk, despite recent US decision on oil exports
July 07, 2014
"Poten (& Partners) noted in a recent analysis that 'the express permission via a Private Letter Ruling by the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) that grants two companies, Pioneer Natural Resources Co. and Enterprise Products Partners LP, the ability to export stabilized condensate does raise some existential questions. The grey area results from the apparent catchall definition of condensate. Condensate is a petroleum liquid defined by an API gravity range (50-55°, up to that of NGLs) that is generally painted in two broad strokes: plant condensate or lease condensate. The BIS defines lease condensate as crude oil, and as such, it is subject to export restrictions. Lease condensates are often stabilized at the extraction site in order to remove some of light ends. Plant condensate, on the other hand, is separated from natural gas when it is removed at a gas processing plant. In a nutshell, the WSJ article and BIS permits raise questions and highlight the debate as to what constitutes processing, or refining, or manufacturing, which would make these hydrocarbon streams to be eligible for export', Poten noted."
Tradewinds: US Commerce Department ruling sparks reality check
July 07, 2014
"Leading US tanker broker Poten & Partners also took aim at the mainstream media’s reaction to the Commerce Department ruling, in a report that provided a detailed explanation of the differences between crude and condensates, and explored the implications of the agency’s ruling."
Lloyds List: Suezmax crude tankers - the surprise pick for investors
July 04, 2014
"[A] recent report by Poten & Partners noted that more West African cargoes are being absorbed by Europe. Some 114 fixtures on that West Africa to Europe route were reported in 2009, but this year it could show more than 230 fixtures, noted Poten. 'Europe's appetite for Nigerian and Angolan barrels has staved off West Africa's loss of total market share', the broker argued. As such, West African fixtures, as a percentage of total reported spot fixture volumes, have declined only modestly from 38% in 2009 to 31% this year, it observed. In addition, the number of suezmax fixtures reported from the Middle East Gulf has increased, with longer voyages, boosting tonne-miles. Fixtures from the Middle East Gulf could top 530 this year, nearly double the number five years ago, Poten forecast. Online valuation service VesselsValue has noticed the potential offered by suezmaxes to investors. At the recent Marine Money event in New York, it argued that suezmaxes were possibly one of the more interesting investment opportunities right now."
Fairplay: FLNG projects face financing challenges
July 04, 2014

"Despite all the positivity about floating LNG (FLNG) vessels being able to monetise stranded gas resources, financing remains a challenge, said tanker consultancy Poten & Partners. This is largely because FLNG is a relatively new concept.

"Poten said: 'Ideally, commercial banks would like to see an FLNG operating track record before they consider providing funding via a project finance structure because they have little appetite for new technology risk. Even if they embraced it, banks would charge a hefty premium.'"

Marine Link: Redefining Refining & U.S. Government Policy - Analysis
June 30, 2014
"A recent WSJ article and BIS permits raise questions and highlight the debate as to what constitutes processing, or refining, or manufacturing, which would make certain hydrocarbon streams to be eligible for export. Poten & Partners explore further in their latest 'Poten Tanker Opinion' as follows: This week’s kerfuffle was prompted by a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article that boldly claimed: 'The Obama administration cleared the way for the first exports of unrefined American oil in nearly four decades, allowing energy companies to start chipping away at the longtime ban on selling U.S. oil abroad.'"
Gulfship News: Expect stockpiling, Poten warns on Iraq chaos
June 15, 2014
"New York: New York tanker broker has highlighted the grave disruptions hitting Iraq's oil supply chains as the country descends into severe political chaos."
Thompson Citizen: OmniTRAX Canada Inc. unlikely to ship Bakken and Western Intermediate sweet crude oil from Port of Churchill this summer
June 11, 2014
"The number of rail cars used to transport oil in Canada has more than tripled in recent years, rising from a low of 4,549 in June of 2011 to 14,217 by April 2013, according to a report last year by Poten & Partners, a global broker and commercial advisor for the energy and ocean transportation industries."
IHS: Measuring US crude potential
June 05, 2014

"As global broker and commercial adviser Poten & Partners said last week 'As with many other oil related issues, to politicians, sometimes the most effective course of action is no action at all.'"

Lloyds List: Continental Resources applies for shale oil export permit
June 04, 2014
"US shipbroker and consultancy Poten & Partners is the latest voice to wade into the debate, arguing in a new report against any imminent overturn of the US' 1975 export ban. 'Since the conversation continues to be hotly contested by both sides, there does not appear that there is any imminent change to legislation,' said the report. 'As with many other oil-related issues, to politicians sometimes the most effective course of action is no action at all.' For Poten, the export of crude oil has proved a difficult sell and although exports may happen on a case-by-case basis, a widespread repeal of the ban seems unlikely under President Barack Obama's administration. However, the brokerage conceded that 'fervor and momentum appears to be building as new research and opinion is published on the subject....Beyond the conflicts and lobbying interests of various facets of industry, the public remains a significantly larger hurdle to the permission of crude oil exports,' said the Poten report."
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