Gasoline Cargoes to U.S. Seen Increasing in Shipbroker Survey

medium range tanker transpetrol
Medium Range tanker, image courtesy Transpetrol

(Bloomberg) — The number of gasoline cargoes booked on tankers for shipment to the U.S. will expand in the next two weeks, according to a Bloomberg survey.

Traders will charter a total of 34 Medium Range vessels for loading within the 14 days to April 16, according to the median in the survey yesterday of five shipbrokers and traders specializing in shipments of the auto fuel. That compares with 20 ships in the corresponding survey last week.

U.S. gasoline demand rose in the second quarter of every year since at least 1998, Energy Department data show. The nation’s consumption of the fuel normally peaks during the so- called driving season from the Memorial Day holiday in late May to Labor Day in early September.

There are 40 ships seeking charters, up from 36 last week, the survey showed. Of the 34 shipments, which are normally about 37,000 metric tons each, 16 are anticipated and the rest have been arranged, according to the respondents.

The survey is based on the industry’s benchmark Rotterdam- to-New York trade route. The voyage takes about 11 days at 12.5 knots, according to the sea-distances.com website.

Ships Hired Ships Probably Hired Total Hired Available Ships, Europe-U.S.
Apr 2, 2013 18 16 34 40
Mar 26, 2013 13 7 20 36
Change 38% 129% 70% 11%

– Rob Sheridan, Copyright 2013 Bloomberg.