Charter rates rise
Shipping spot charter rates for LNG carriers soared in the West of Suez market with rates rising by up to $18,500 per day to be between $82,000 per day and $78,000 per day for vessels of 155,000-165,000 cubic metres capacity. East of Suez spot charter rates showed a more moderate increase of $1,500 per day to be quoted by shipbrokers at between $64,000 per day and $60,000 per day. One-year charter rates for the most modern vessels were unchanged at about $93,000 per day.
US LNG for UK
The 145,000 cubic metres liquefied natural carrier “Methane Lydon Volney” was discharging a US cargo on September 29 at the Isle of Grain import terminal on the Medway-Thames estuary, southeast of London. The vessel carrying a cargo lifted from the Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana docked after the UK National Balancing Point benchmark natural gas price hit a seasonal record on September 28.
Fatih Birol on Time 100 list
The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol has been named as one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine in its annual list. “In a world where facts are assaulted, Fatih Birol combines the best of high-tech data, optimistic know-how and old-school rhetorical finesse,” US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry commented, suggesting the IEA head would use his authority to “slash carbon emissions and save our planet.”