The buoyant MR tanker sector has added to rate gains in the last week as the US shipped out more diesel.

Brokers reported a fixing frenzy that has cleared out prompt tonnage in the Atlantic basin, allowing owners to move rates up.

Clarksons Securities assesses eco MR spot numbers at $54,900 per day, up 29% over the past seven days.

“MR product tankers are now surging as a result of severely limited vessel availability and an increase in European diesel imports from the US Gulf,” said analysts Frode Morkedal and Even Kolsgaard.