Spark: Atlantic LNG freight rate for October rises above $200,000 per day

Spot charter rates for the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier fleet rose this week, while the Atlantic forward rate for October increased above $200,000 per day, according to Spark Commodities.

Last week, the Spark30S Atlantic ended at $71,250 per day and the Spark25S Pacific at $70,500 per day.

Rates remained range bound during four weeks in July.

“LNG freight rates moved higher this week with the Spark30S Atlantic up $4,250 to $75,500 per day and the Spark25S Pacific up $3,000 to $73,500 per day,” Henry Bennett, Spark’s head of pricing, told LNG Prime on Friday.

LNG freight rates rose this week, Spark says

“The SparkFFA Atlantic forward curve is in steep contango, suggesting a significant tightening over the coming months as we approach winter, with the September23 forward rate at $151,000 per day and October23 at $202,250 per day,” he said.

As per European LNG pricing, SparkNWE for September23 deliveries “remained stable this week, at $9.749 per MMBtu, at a small 1.5c discount to the TTF,” he said.

“The SparkNWE forward curve, however, is in steep contango with November23 deliveries at $12.494 per MMBtu and December23 deliveries at $14.437 per MMBtu,” Bennett said.

LNG freight rates rose this week, Spark says

The TTF price for September settled at $9.859 per MMBtu on Thursday, while the JKM spot LNG price for September settled at $9.859 per MMBtu.

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