Traders book tankers in Europe to ship gasoline across Atlantic after Colonial shutdown
The attack forced the Colonial Pipeline to shut down its entire system on Friday, stoking expectations of gasoline shortages along the U.S. East Coast.
Some smaller lines were restarted Sunday, but Colonial has given no timeline for the restart of its main pipelines. read more
Two European gasoline traders said the market was taking a cautious approach to see how long the shutdown would last.
“I haven’t seen any big pick up but it would be normal for people to preemptively take vessels on subs,” one of the traders said. Subs is a term used in the oil market to describe a provisional booking for a tanker.
The second trader said that rallying freight rates amid a flurry of bookings into New York Harbour may have weighed on arbitrage economics from Europe.
European Ebob barge refining margins reached $10.38 a barrel on Monday, up from $9.35 on Friday, according to Reuters calculations.
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