Ras Tanura Oil-Tanker Capacity Seen Falling 13% in Latest Week

The combined carrying capacity of oil tankers calling at Saudi Arabia’s Ras Tanura fell 13 percent in the week ended April 20, vessel-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg show.

The implied capacity of vessels calling at the world’s largest crude-export complex slid to the equivalent of 7.66 million barrels a day from 8.80 million barrels for the prior week, according to signals gathered by IHS Fairplay, a Redhill, England-based maritime research company. The data may be incomplete because not all transmissions are captured.

The Ras Tanura complex, including Ras al-Ju’aymah, is the biggest global crude terminal, according to the website of Saudi Arabian Oil Co., known as Saudi Aramco. Tankers hauling crude from the Persian Gulf may call at other loading ports before or after Ras Tanura, indicating they might have collected partial cargoes elsewhere.

The table below lists the destination countries of tankers calling at Ras Tanura in the latest week as of about 10 a.m. London time today. The percentages represent the share of the total number of ships loading at the terminal that each country is due to receive. Very large crude carriers are assumed to carry 2 million barrels apiece, twice as much as Suezmax tankers. The tally excludes vessels smaller than Aframaxes, each holding about 650,000 barrels.

Country             Barrels        Percentage   Percentage
                                   April 20     April 13
China               10,000,000     19           19
South Korea         10,000,000     19            3
Egypt                4,650,000      9           11
U.A.E.               4,650,000      9            1
Thailand             4,000,000      7            3
U.S.                 4,000,000      7            6
India                3,000,000      6           14
Indonesia            2,000,000      4           --
Japan                2,000,000      4           16
Kuwait               2,000,000      4           --
Philippines          2,000,000      4           --
Singapore            1,000,000      2            2
Sri Lanka            1,000,000      2           --
Italy                  650,000      1           --
Saudi Arabia           650,000      1            5
Unspecified          2,000,000      4            3

Barrels             53,600,000
Bbl/day              7,657,143
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