W. Africa Crude-Rising freight rates weigh

Oil pumps are seen in Lagunillas, Ciudad Ojeda, in Lake Maracaibo in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Isaac Urrutia

LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Rising freight rates were weighing
on spot trade to Asia on Monday while several more tenders

* Around a dozen cargoes of January-loading Angolan crude
were still available. The February loading programme is expected
early next week.
* Freight rates have been rising again due to delays
relating the upcoming switch to cleaner fuels in January to meet
new rules standards set by the International Maritime
* The World Scale rate for a VLCC to Asia from west Africa
has crept up to just over 100, a trader and ship broker said.
* Angola’s state firm sold its cargo of Dalia after offering
it around dated Brent plus $3.00 at the end of last week.
* Total was offering Nigerian Qua Iboe at dated Brent plus
$3.90, Akpo at dated Brent plus $1.60 and Amenam at dated Brent
plus $1.90.
* India’s IOC issued a fresh tender for crude loading Feb.
11-20. Results are expected on Wednesday.
* Uruguay’s ANCAP issued a new tender for March delivery
crude closing on Dec. 12.

* More than half the share value of Africa-focused Tullow
Oil was wiped out on Monday as Chief Executive Officer
Paul McDade stepped down and the oil producer scrapped its
dividend after failing to meet production targets due to weak
performance by flagship assets in Ghana.

(Reporting By Julia Payne)

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