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In latest sign of crude glut, ageing supertankers used to store unsold oil

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By Keith Wallis and Henning GloysteinSINGAPORE (Reuters) - Traders are increasingly storing oil in ageing supertankers in Southeast Asia as they grapple with a supply overhang that has left the system clogged with unneeded fuel despite an OPEC-led drive to cut production to prop up prices.Around 10 very large crude carriers (VLCCs), all between 16 and 20 years old, have been chartered since the end of May to store crude for periods ranging from 30 days to around six months, brokers told Reuters. Each VLCC can carry 2 million barrels of oil.These vessels are in addition to around 30 ...

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 08:52 IST