In the Middle East Gulf, healthy enquiry combined with weather delays saw rates firm, with WS 97/100 paid for 270,000mt to China.

Rates eased in the Middle East Gulf as charterers focused on 'disadvantaged tonnage' with South Korea and China fixed at WS 77.5 and WS 80, but recovered as GSC took DHT tonnage at WS 85...

Healthy activity combined with delays in the East saw rates climb 21 points in the Middle East Gulf to WS 80 for 270,000mt to China and Singapore and 280,000mt to the US Gulf was fixed five points...

The Golden Week holiday prompted an uptick in enquiry with rates firming four points to WS 59/59.5 for 270,000mt from the Middle East Gulf to both China and Singapore and 280,000mt to the US Gulf now...

A roundup of last week's tanker and dry bulk market...

Rates were unchanged at WS 55 for 270,000mt from the Middle East Gulf to both China and Singapore, whilst for the US Gulf, Equinor paid WS 20 Suez/Suez for 280,000mt from Basrah.

Charterers were in no rush to fix this week and with healthy availability of tonnage, rates eased three points to WS 53 for 270,000mt to China, with Korea fixed at WS 50.

Chinese charterers dominated in the Middle East Gulf, with rates easing slightly to WS 56/57 and South Korea discharge at WS 55 all basis 270,000mt cargo.