The reply from the industry on the present outlook of the tanker- market is positive. Shipowners are currently stating “the market turned for the better last year”. Adding that ongoing trade wars and geopolitical tensions are, if anything only a “positive stimuli” for the tanker- freight demand. “Geopolitical tensions are positive for the tanker- market in general”, as it will only “contribute to an increase in oil- demand from oil- consuming nations”. Two main market drivers: Today’s market temperature is controlled by two main factors. One and perhaps the most important one is the ongoing trade- tention between US and.