Sowing the Seeds of a Food Crisis

Introduction The economic environment for global trade has profoundly shifted in the past year. Recovering demand from the pandemic has collided with supply side constraints in many industries, inflation and interest rates are rising, and the Ukraine war, together with sanctions on Russia have disrupted global commodity flows. Amid the myriad uncertainties, perhaps the most …

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Diesel Vacuum in Crisis – Struck Europe Sucks In MRs

Demand for Clean Tankers has shifted up another gear, as the Ukraine crisis intensifies. As Russian troops amassed at the border with Eastern Ukraine last month and hostilities commenced on February 24th, the MR Atlantic Basket (an average of freight rates on key routes in the Atlantic Basin) climbed steadily from a January 25th low …

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Russian Naval Drills Impact Black Sea Trade Flows

Despite ending a blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, Russian naval manoeuvres in the early part of February have visibly impacted traffic in the region. Ukrainian officials denounced Russian naval drills off its Black Sea coast last week, saying the presence of warships made navigating the busy trade route “impossible”. Traders were more cautious in …

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