Crude Oil Carriers Market: Snapshot

Crude oil carriers are used in transportation of crude oil from production location to refineries. Pipelines, rail tank cars, tank trucks, and barges are some of the means through crude oil transported. However, crude oil carriers, commonly known as oil tankers, are mainly used in bulk transport from one place to another. Based on vessel type, the global crude oil carriers market is segmented into Suezmax, VLCC/ULCC, Panamax, and Aframax.

The global crude oil carriers market demonstrates high competition levels owing to a range of factors. Presence of many vendors providing alike shipping services and lack of stringent rules in the market are some of the factors making the competitive landscape intense. Besides, availability of freight rates on the Baltic Index is one of the key reasons that intensify this competition.

Diverse Business Strategies by Vendors Driving Market Growth

Key vendors are coming up with new ways to strengthen their position in the global crude oil carriers market. Incorporation of advanced transportation technologies is one such move that is helping major players. Some of them are focusing on utilizing improved carrier models.

Growing crude oil demand from developed and developing countries in pushing the crude oil carriers market. This increased demand can be attributed to need for fuel generation and as a feedstock for chemical production. Swift industrialization in many worldwide economies is one of the key factors projected to push demand for crude oil and its by-products.

As crude oil is explosive nature, following all safety measures during its transport is of high priority. Taking this aspect in to consideration, many ship owners have created appropriate procedures to complete their operation in environmental-friendly manner. All these aspects are supporting for the growth of the global crude oil carriers market. With present increased supply from OPEC countries and low prices of oil, the demand for tankers or carriers is estimated to grow during upcoming period.

Global Crude Oil Carriers Market: Snapshot

Crude oil can be transferred from production spots to refineries by using crude oil carriers. Other means of transporting them are rail tank cars, pipelines, barges, and tank trucks. Crude oil carriers, better known as oil tankers in common parlance, deliver crude oil in bulk from one location to another. Perfect competition prevails at present in the global crude oil carriers market on account of numerous providers of similar shipping services, absence of strict rules, and most importantly information on freight rates on the Baltic Index.

In order to further their positions in the global crude oil carriers market, savvy players are coming up with improved transportation technologies and carrier models. This has served to catalyze growth in the market. Further, ship owners have proper procedures in place to ensure secure and environmentally responsible operations and this is also upping demand in market.

A factor posing a roadblock to the global crude oil carriers market, on the other hand, is the massive initial investment needed to acquire brand new and even second hand carrier ships. This has particularly hampered many aspiring players from foraying into the market.

A report by Transparency Market Research predicts the global market for crude oil carriers to expand at  a tepid CAGR of 3.5% during the period between 2016 and 2024 to become worth US$217 bn by 2023 from US$160 bn in 2015.

VLCC and ULCC Together Account for Dominant Share

The two main kinds of oil carriers are crude oil carriers and product carriers. Crude oil carriers, typically, transfer unrefined crude oil from exploration and production facilities to crude oil refineries. Product carriers, on the other hand, ship refined products to points close to consuming markets. Coastal tank vessel trades are carried out using crude carriers, tank barges, and product tankers. Crude oil carriers serve the West/Alaska coast crude oil trades.

Depending upon the type of vessels, the global crude oil carriers market can be segmented into Suezmax, VLCC/ULCC, Aframax, and Panamax. Of them, the combined share of VLCC and ULCC was about 63.0% in 2015 mainly on account of a significant number of VLCCs operating. In 2015, these two large carriers are said to have transported worth over US$90,000 a day to Asia Pacific. Crude oil carriers are also treated as a medium of floating storage by some energy traders and companies stored wanting to hedge against higher future price.

Aframax held about 21.0% share in the global crude oil carriers market in 2015. Suezmax accounted for nearly 14.0% and Panamax accounted for the rest 2% of the market.    

Powered by China and Japan, Asia Pacific Dominates Market

Depending upon geography again, the global crude oil carriers market can be segmented into Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and the Rest of the World. Of them, Asia Pacific accounted for share of 41.0% in 2015. This is because, many countries in Asia Pacific, namely South Korea, China, Malaysia, and Japan, own and operate most of the crude oil carriers. Crude oil from West Africa and South America is mainly transported to Asia Pacific, owing to lesser demand from the U.S. which has been witnessing a boom in shale oil and gas and hence requires lesser crude oil.

Europe is another key market for crude oil carriers, in which Greece is said to have owned and operated almost 17.0% of the worldwide crude oil carriers in 2015.     

This research study analyzes the market for crude oil carriers both in terms of volume (units) and revenue (US$ Bn). The crude oil carriers market has been segmented on the basis of vessel type and geography. In terms of region, the market has been divided into four segments that comprise 10 countries, which are the major players in the global crude oil carriers market. For the research, 2015 has been taken as the base year, while all forecasts have been given for the period from 2016 to 2024. Market data for all the segments has been provided at the regional as well as country-specific level from 2016 to 2024. The report provides a broad competitive analysis of companies engaged in the crude oil shipping business. The report also includes the key market dynamics such as drivers, restraints, and opportunities affecting the global crude oil shipping market. These market dynamics were analyzed in detail and are illustrated in the report with the help of supporting graphs and tables. The report also provides a comprehensive analysis of the global crude oil carriers market with the help of Porter’s Five Forces model. This analysis helps in understanding the five major forces that affect the market structure and market profitability. The forces analyzed are bargaining power of buyers, bargaining power of suppliers, threat of new entrants, threat of substitutes, and degree of competition. 

The high-level analysis in the report provides detailed insights into the crude oil shipping business globally. There are currently numerous drivers of the market. Some of the most prominent drivers are declining crude oil prices proving to be beneficial for the crude oil carriers market and world economy influencing the demand for crude oil transportation. Market attractiveness analysis was carried out for the crude oil carriers market on the basis of geography. Market attractiveness was estimated on the basis of common parameters that directly impact the crude oil carriers market in different regions. The parameters include shipping costs, government policies, crude oil demand, and applications such as automobile.  

Shipping of petroleum liquids such as crude oil comprises many different operations, each of which signifies a potential source of evaporation loss. Crude oil is transported from production facilities to refineries by crude oil carriers, rail tank cars, barges, pipelines, and tank trucks. Coastal tank vessel trades are functioned by crude carriers, tank barges, and product tankers. Crude carriers serve the West Alaska coast crude oil trades. Crude oil carriers are generally referred to as oil tankers, which transport crude oil from one location to another. 

The crude oil carriers market was segmented on the basis of vessel type (VLCC/ULCC, Suezmax, Aframax, and Panamax). The crude oil carriers market was analyzed across four geographies: North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Rest of the World. Regional data has been provided for each sub-segment of the crude oil carriers market. Key players in the crude oil carriers market include AET Tanker Holdings Sdn Bhd, The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), China Shipping Development Corp (CSDC), Dynacom Tankers Management Ltd., Euronav, Frontline Ltd., Maran Tankers Management Inc., National Iranian Tanker Company, NYK line, Ocean Tankers (pte) Ltd., OMAN SHIPPING COMPANY S.A.O.C., Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG), Sovcomflot Group, and Teekay Corporation. The report provides an overview of these companies, followed by their financial details, business strategies, and recent developments.

Crude Oil Carriers Market: By Vessel Type

  • Suezmax
  • Aframax
  • Panamax 

Crude Oil Carriers Market: By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • Greece
    • Belgium
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • South Korea
    • Singapore
    • Japan
    • Malaysia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Rest of World
    • Iran
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Others

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