Middle Eastern tanker markets are slowly returning to life, with spot VLCCs fixed at higher rates than the level seen before last Thursday’s attacks.

According to Bloomberg data, five VLCCs have been fixed this week to lift from Middle East Gulf in late June or early July for voyages to East Asia, including four under provisional booking and one via a contract of affreightment.

The highest rate among the fixtures was achieved by the MOL-owned, 308,000-dwt Kasagisan (built 2006), which was booked by Taiwan CPC to load 270,000 tonnes of crude between 1-3 July for shipment to Taiwan at Worldscale 46.