Ras Tanura Oil-Tanker Capacity Seen Falling 4.3% in Latest WeekRob Sheridan
The combined carrying capacity of oil tankers calling at Saudi Arabia’s Ras Tanura fell 4.3 percent in the week ended Aug. 17, vessel-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg show.
The implied capacity of vessels calling at the world’s largest crude-export complex declined to the equivalent of 9.61 million barrels a day from 10 million barrels for the prior week, according to signals gathered by IHS Fairplay, a Coulsdon, 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 4 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 Aug. 17 Aug. 10 Japan 12,000,000 18 23 China 10,000,000 15 17 South Korea 10,000,000 15 11 Egypt 4,000,000 6 7 India 4,000,000 6 4 South Africa 4,000,000 6 1 Taiwan 4,000,000 6 3 France 2,000,000 3 1 Oman 2,000,000 3 -- Thailand 2,000,000 3 -- U.S. 2,000,000 3 6 Saudi Arabia 1,300,000 2 3 Netherlands 1,000,000 1 -- Pakistan 650,000 1 1 Unspecified 8,300,000 12 6 Barrels 67,250,000 Bbl/day 9,607,143