LPG Interesting Moves (Released on 4 August 2016)

Vessels

JS Ineos Insight was originally expected to load the first ethane cargo at Enterprise’s Morgans Point terminal in Houston on 1-Aug. However, the loading was delayed due to maintenance work, and the vessel is now headed for Marcus Hook, ETA 8-Aug.

Statoil’s BW Aries loaded in Kaarstoe 27-Jul and has arrived at the anchorage at Ceuta near Gibraltar for STS operations. Fellow VLGC Sirocco has ballasted into the anchorage after completing a voyage in Asia.

In other STS news, Vitol’s Monsoon loaded a cargo in Bonny on 4-Jul, and is transferring it to Sun Ariesat Nipah Anch.

After discharging in Quintero, VLGC BW Tucana is now signaling for Jose in Venezuela, where only handysize vessels and smaller are seen loading, ETA 15-Aug.

Floating Storage in Asia
Many of the large cargoes that were floating last week continue to do so this week:

Singapore

  • Progress loaded via STS with BW Carina on 27-Jul. at Nipah Anch.
  • Berge Nantong loaded via STS operations at Nipah Anch. on 7-Jul, and 16-Jul.
  • Promise also loaded via STS at Nipah Anch. on 11-Jul.
  • Gas Diana finished loading partial cargoes in Sitra and Al Ruwais on 17-Jul. Her AIS is signaling for Japan, but she has recently come to a halt after passing through the Singapore Strait.

Far East

  • Constellation loaded in Enterprise on 24-May and has been sitting outside of Ningbo since 9-Jul.
  • Lubara loaded in Bethioua on 27-Jun and was last seen floating just south of Taiwan. Her last AIS was emitted on 27-Jul.

Vessels Waiting for Order

There are a number of large ballast vessels that have anchored or have been drifting for several days, waiting for further orders:
  • Malacca Strait
    • Aurora Var has been drifting in the strait since 25-Jul.
    • Serjeant has also been awaiting orders since 28-Jul.
  • Galle Anchorage
    • Saltram has been floating at Galle since 5-Jul.
    • Corvette has also anchored there since 29-Jul.
  • Khor Fakkan/Fujairah Anchorage
    • Carmen has been awaiting orders since mid-April.
    • Gas Courage has been sitting at the anchorage since 21-Jun.
    • Iglc Anka came came off her time charter and has been anchored since 20-Jul.
  • Madagascar
    • Hellas Hercules has been drifting just south of Madagascar awaiting further orders since 22-Jul. She had previously signaled a load at Escravos, ETA 31-Jul.
  • Houston
    • Jenny N has been sitting outside Houston since 23-Jul.

Houston Exports

Targa: 1 Week Since Last Loading
  • The end of Week 31 is one day away, and there have been no large cargoes loaded out of Targa.
  • The last large cargo was loaded on board Nieto’s MGC Eagle Ford Lady on 28-Jul.
  • Petrobras’s Galaxy River was the last VLGC at the terminal- she completed loading her cargo on 25-Jul.
  • July was the second lowest month in terms of exports at Targa at 343 kt, following the 291ktexported in April.
Enterprise: YTD Low in July
  • Enterprise exported 829 kt of LPG in July, making it the lowest month at the terminal this year to date.
  • Of the total July exports, 43% are sailing Far East, 41% are headed for or have landed in LatAm/Carib., and 16% are on their way to Europe.
Below is a look at (1) Targa’s weekly exports, and (2) Enterprise exports by destination: 

 

Chinese Imports

Peak in April
There has been a steady build-up of imports in China this year from January to April, where numbers peaked at 1.6 million MT.
Since then, imports have dropped with the country accepting 1.19 million MT in both June and July.
Below is a look at Chinese propane and butane imports by month: 

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