March 17, 2020 / 11:40 AM / 15 days ago

Glencore charters world largest tanker to store crude at sea: sources

FILE PHOTO: The logo of commodities trader Glencore is pictured in front of the company's headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Trading house Glencore (GLEN.L) has chartered the 3 million barrel crude carrier ‘Europe’ to store oil at sea for at least 6 months, trading sources on Tuesday.

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 (RDSa.L) 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.

The glut of oil in world markets has prompted efforts by oil players to find storage options including both on land and offshore on tankers.

Reporting by Ron Bousso and Jonathan Saul, additional reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar, editing by Louise Heavens and Chizu Nomiyama

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