Glut in oil market has prompted oil players to store crude at sea: sources

Oil players are already looking into storage options like onshore storage and offshore storage tankers as the glut of oil persists.

According to a trading source, Glencore has chartered the 3 million barrel crude carrier ‘Europe’ to store oil at sea for at least 6 months.

The vessel is one of two so-called ultra large crude carriers (ULCC), the largest tankers in the world.

Glencore booked the vessel at a rate of $37,000 a day for the first six months, according to the sources.

A Glencore spokesman declined to comment.

Sources told Reuters last week that Royal Dutch Shell had provisionally booked at least three supertankers to store crude oil at sea for at least three months as traders brace for a sharp rise in global stocks after OPEC and its allies abandoned a production cut deal.

Each of these vessels can each carry a maximum of two million barrels of oil.

Culled from Reuters

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