Yes, and once again STNG has stolen all the thunder. Analysts are all over STNG as the "pure play" here, which in a sense they are, but not to the exclusion of NNA. Not even a mention from Dahlman. Bad investor relations on AF&Co's part. I've been on their case about this before, but the message isn't getting through. If you have a Bloomberg terminal, run STNG Equity RV. NNA doesn't even come up. Pitiful and such a shame. Great job building the company, #$%$ job promoting it.
Story: Product Tankers Jump as Storm Seen Disrupting Trade at Platou
Rates for tankers hauling refined fuels jumped to more than a six-month high as superstorm Sandy disrupted shipping schedules, according to RS Platou Markets AS.
With power outages and refinery shutdowns curbing U.S. output and demand, traders are avoiding sending ships to the U.S. from Europe, Frode Moerkedal, an Oslo-based analyst at Platou, said in an e-mailed report today, citing unnamed brokers. About 6.1 million customers were without electricity as of Oct. 31, the Energy Department said.
Rates for oil-product tankers to northwest Europe from the U.S. Gulf jumped 18 percent yesterday, the most since at least March, to 100.63 industry-standard Worldscale points, according to the Baltic Exchange, the London-based publisher of shipping costs. That’s the highest since April 11, data show.
“Brokers said Hurricane Sandy has created havoc to vessel schedules and a tight tonnage situation in the U.S. Gulf underpinned the higher rates,” Moerkedal said in the report. “With substantial demand destruction on the U.S. East Coast, refiners and traders have been reluctant to send vessels into the area from Europe, brokers said.”
Expect this to be a short lived event. The Hurricane has spent itself. Things will quickly return to normal. STNG, with spot market charters is getting an illogically large bump from Sandy. NAa with its longer term charters seems to be enjoying no boost here.