Crude tanker owners are still facing difficult market conditions in the months ahead due to slow growth in seaborne trade, senior analysts told an industry forum.

The gloomy outlook comes as spot tanker earnings remain below break-even levels for many shipowners in various segments, despite forecast increases in Opec+ supply and oil demand later this year.

Clarksons Platou Securities’ latest assessments show average 2011-built VLCC earnings at just $7,300 per day, with suezmaxes earning $8,500 per day and aframaxes at $6,200 per day.