Ras Tanura Oil-Tanker Capacity Seen Falling 18% in Latest Week

The combined carrying capacity of oil tankers calling at Saudi Arabia’s Ras Tanura slumped 18 percent in the week ended July 6, vessel-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg show.

The implied capacity of vessels calling at the world’s largest crude-export complex decreased to the equivalent of 7.46 million barrels a day from 9.14 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 12:30 p.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
                                   July 6       June 29
Japan               12,000,000     23           13
China               10,000,000     19            9
Egypt                6,000,000     11            6
Singapore            4,650,000      9            6
U.S.                 4,000,000      8           13
India                2,650,000      5            5
Saudi Arabia         2,650,000      5           --
Mauritius            2,000,000      4           --
Philippines          2,000,000      4            3
Australia            1,000,000      2           --
Italy                  650,000      1           --
U.A.E.                 650,000      1           --
Unspecified          4,000,000      8           10

Barrels             52,250,000
Bbl/day              7,464,286
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