Author: Andrew Couper

US Group II Outlet Shifts South

Group II supplies from overseas markets to Europe have been steadily falling in recent years, particularly those from the US. In 2019, the introduction of Exxon Mobil’s Rotterdam facility gave Europe its own domestic production capacity, reducing the need for

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Global Missed Port Calls Rise With Coronavirus

Container ship visits to Chinese ports, measured both in number of vessels scheduled to call and their cumulative capacity in twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEU) plunged in late January and early February – largely due to the normal seasonal downturn associated with

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Brazilian Group II Appetite Grows

Exports of Group II base oils from the United States to Brazil grew for the third consecutive year in 2019 as Brazil’s demand for more advanced lubricant formulations continues to grow. US exports of Group II products to Brazil hit

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Base Oil Break Up

US base oil exporters are facing significant demand changes because of higher Group II availability in Europe and the continued global switch from Group I to Group II base oils. Higher availability, more competitive prices and a wider range of

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Felixstowe Operational Update

Following challenges with the implementation of a new terminal operating system (TOS) on June 2018, container vessels calling at Felixstowe faced serious delays. This resulted in sharp declines in deployed capacity and a diversion of deep-sea services away from Felixstowe.

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