Kpler LPG (Neo-Panamax LPG Transits)

Originally Released on 16 March 2017

Vessels

Americas

This week another 4 VLGC’s passed or are expected to pass Cape of Good Hope to load their cargo in Houston:

RIL’s Ethane Opal who completed her first ethane cargo loading at Morgans Point, has signalled for Port Said, ETA 31-Mar. She is expected to pass Suez Canal to discharge her first ethane cargo at Dahej Chemicals later in mid-April.

4 VLGC’s have discharged or are expected to discharge at S. America in March, ex-Enterprise:

Europe/Mediterranean

Suez STS is witnessing two STS’s now:

After discharging at Stenungsund, Navigator Luga completed her first voyage and is now heading again to Ust-Luga, ETA 18-Mar. She has joined Sibur’s fleet to complete voyages from Ust-Luga until 2022.

After partial discharges at Le Harve and Flushing, Statoil’s VLGC Clipper Sirius headed to Brunsbuttel to discharge the rest of its propane cargo there 13-Mar, ex-Targa. This was be the first VLGC to make its way to Brunsbuttel.

Geogas’ VLGC Champlain did a partial discharge at Antwerp Gas Terminal and is now at Sines to discharge the rest of her 46 Kt propane cargo, ex-Marcus Hook.

Statoil’s Hellas Fos is on her way to pass the Suez Canal by 18-Mar. According to the market, she is expected in Asia, ex-Mongstad.

After discharging her 46 kt propane cargo at Asia, ex-Targa, VLGC Passat has signaled for the Suez Canal. Glencore’s vessel is expected to pass there by 20-Mar.

Asia/Oceania

Mumbai Anchorage experienced an active with 3 VLGC’s doing several STS’s each: BW Birch, Sun Aries and Lucina Providence.

11 VLGC’s are have discharged or are expected to discharge at Indonesia in March:

  • 8 are from the ME and 1 each from WAF, USGC and NWE.
  • 4 have discharged at Teluk Semangka, 1 each at Kalbut and Tanjong Uban. Another 3 are expected at Kalbut, 1 at Teluk Semangka and 1 to be specified at Indonesia.
above: Voyages to Indonesia in March

 

Neo-Panamax LPG Transits

In June, the Panama Canal completed an expansion to accommodate post-panamax vessels up to 366m long, 49m wide, and 15m deep, which allowed passage of VLGC’s typically used for carrying LPG.

above: Comparison between panamax and post-panamax vessel size
Kpler has recorded 131 vessels passing via Panama Canal to Far East Asia, S. america and Oceania since 22-Aug.
Out of 111 vessels that have been to Asia
  • 100 vessels are VLGC’s (70K+ cm), 5 are Handy-size (15-31K cm) and 6 are SGC’s (0-14K cm).
  • Japan holds the maximum import with 44%, followed by 35% for S. Korea, 17% for China and 3% for Taiwan.
Out of 19 vessels that have been to S. America
  • 13 vessels are VLGC’s (70K+ cm), 5 are MGC’s (32-49K cm) and 1 is Handy-size (15-31K cm).
  • Ecuador holds the maximum import with 51%, followed by 45% for Chile, 7% for Peru and 2% for Uruguay.
Oceania has had only one voyage, BW Mindoro who loaded her 46 Kt propane cargo at Enterprise and is now waiting at Brisbane Anchorage to discharge her cargo at Brisbane.
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