Volume 2 Issue 21
A big question mark hangs over the U.S. markets and the potential impact on shipping following the breakdown of trade talks with China. European and Asian markets are essentially unchanged.-by Adrian Brown
Higher insurance premiums could put upward pressure on prices for API Group II and III base stocks from the Middle East Gulf after last weeks decision by Londons marine insurance market to widen its list of areas around the gulf that pose perceived enhanced risk for marine insurers.
The Russian government last month banned exports of petrochemical products, including lubricants and slack waxes, to Ukraine. Some industry insiders called it worrisome for Russian lube suppliers while others said the rules are vague and do not clearly show what is embargoed.
Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd of Malaysia agreed to acquire Netherlands-based lube oil additive manufacturer BRB International B.V.s holding company for 163 million (U.S. $182 million) in cash, according to a May 16 Petronas filing with the stock exchange of Malaysia.