Friday, December 18, 2015

Strange Events in Gulf of Mexico

Early last month is was noted that something very strange was happening off the coast of Galveston, Texas. As FT reported, “the amount of oil at sea is at least double the levels of earlier this year and is equivalent to more than a day of global oil supply.”

In short: the global deflationary crude supply glut is beginning to manifest itself in a flotilla of stationary supertankers, as millions of barrels of oil are simply stuck in the ocean as VLCCs wait to unload.

Ultimately, this led to nearly 40 crude tankers with a combined cargo capacity of 28.4 million barrels waiting to anchor near Galveston in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the latest sign that the world is simply running out of capacity when it comes to coping with an inexorable supply of commodities, three diesel tankers en route from the Gulf to Europe did something rather odd on Wednesday: they stopped, turned around in the middle of the ocean, and headed back the way they came!

The problem: low prices, no storage capacity, and soft demand.

READ FULL REPORT HERE

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