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Asia Receives Record US LNG via Cape of Good Hope in March

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A record 24 US LNG cargoes, carrying 1.6mn tons of LNG, have been shipped to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope in March as of 27 March, S&P Global Commodity Insights data showed, due to Red Sea tensions and drought restrictions at the Panama Canal.

  • Platts assessed the Gulf Coast Marker for US FOB cargoes loading 30-60 days forward at $7.87/MMBtu March 27, up 16 cents/MMBtu on the day.
  • LNG shippers have increasingly used the Cape of Good Hope route since mid-2023, as drought restrictions hindered tankers to pass the Panama Canal, while Houthi rebel attacks on vessels caused shippers to halt voyages via the Red Sea since mid January.
  • 14 US LNG cargoes have been shipped to Asia via the Panama Canal so far this year, compared with 40 cargoes during the same period last year.
  • Seven US LNG cargoes reached Asia via the Suez Canal so far this year, with all cargoes delivered in January. This compares to 26 cargos during the first quarter of last year.
  • US LNG exports are currently more profitable to Asia during May-September according to BNEF from 27 March.

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A record 24 US LNG cargoes, carrying 1.6mn tons of LNG, have been shipped to Asia via the Cape of Good Hope in March as of 27 March, S&P Global Commodity Insights data showed, due to Red Sea tensions and drought restrictions at the Panama Canal.

  • Platts assessed the Gulf Coast Marker for US FOB cargoes loading 30-60 days forward at $7.87/MMBtu March 27, up 16 cents/MMBtu on the day.
  • LNG shippers have increasingly used the Cape of Good Hope route since mid-2023, as drought restrictions hindered tankers to pass the Panama Canal, while Houthi rebel attacks on vessels caused shippers to halt voyages via the Red Sea since mid January.
  • 14 US LNG cargoes have been shipped to Asia via the Panama Canal so far this year, compared with 40 cargoes during the same period last year.
  • Seven US LNG cargoes reached Asia via the Suez Canal so far this year, with all cargoes delivered in January. This compares to 26 cargos during the first quarter of last year.
  • US LNG exports are currently more profitable to Asia during May-September according to BNEF from 27 March.