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Atlantic Panamax Rates Weaken

The buoyancy detected in the Atlantic Panamax market over the past two weeks has waned, brokers said. Fresh orders from the U.S. Gulf were described as light and the limited opportunities in the area could prompt Panamax owners to accept softer levels, they said. Restricted barge movement along the Mississippi was also said to be contributing to the situation, while a number of Far East participants had yet to return to business after the Lunar New Year holiday. Despite the slowdown, brokers did report a number of fresh enquiries. Grain cargoes seeking Panamax transport included some heading to the Far East from the U.S. Gulf and others heading towards Egypt. Whether the softer Atlantic Panamax undertone would persist, however, or whether the market would bounce back, remained to be seen, brokers said. In the wake of the seven-point drop on the Baltic Panamax Index on Tuesday afternoon, brokers continued to speculate on future developments. - (Reuters)


Panamax Trades Steady

Freight rates for Panamaxes trading the Atlantic appear to be steadying, Reuters reported. The more stable tone began at the end of last week, as renewed optimism crept into the U.S. Gulf market for nearby positions. By Monday, while the Atlantic routes on the Baltic Panamax Index were lower, losses were greatly reduced. Meanwhile, Pacific Panamax freight rates remained firm, and levels in the Far East sector continued to rise


Panamax Rates Hold Steady

Freight rates in the Atlantic Panamax sector held steady on Wednesday amid signs that recent rises may be stalling, brokers said. "The Atlantic is holding up well, but the question is not whether the Panamax market will rally further, but when the Atlantic will come off," one said. Until then, Atlantic and Pacific Panamax rates were expected to remain steady. Signs that the market was reaching its pinnacle were heralded by the Baltic Panamax Index (BPI) on Monday


Pacific Panamax Rates Remain Steady

Freight rates for panamaxes trading the Pacific remained firm due to a flurry of business ahead of the Lunar New year, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. In the Far East, owners of larger panamax sizes have been negotiating firm returns recently and continue to do so. Chinese charterers told shipbrokers that business there will grind to a halt between January 24 and 30 in observance of the Lunar New Year celebrations.


Atlantic Panamax Rates Firm Up in Far East

Atlantic panamax freight rates are softer in contrast to returns for panamaxes trading the Far East where rates are firmer, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. Atlantic freight rates, however, could stabilize in the days ahead, they added, suggesting that the Pacific panamax rate rise could be reaching a peak. The reason behind the Atlantic stabilization theory is that ice problems in the Mississippi may not be as bad as originally thought.


Dry Freight Markets Steady

Conditions on the dry cargo freight market were generally steadier for Capesizes on Wednesday, with the Baltic Cape Index posted at an unchanged 2,171, brokers said. Atlantic Panamax rates rose further and brokers said conditions were also slowly improving for owners in the East for later May positions. The South African sector remained firm. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) gained two points to 1,611 and the Baltic Panamax Index rose 10 points to 1,522


Capers Continue Firm, Uncertainty Rules Panamaxes

Conditions for Capesize vessels remained firm on Dec. 10, especially in the Atlantic, but uncertainty ruled the Panamax sector as owners sought to cover their vessels in advance of impending holidays, brokers said. Lower rates were reported in the Atlantic and the Pacific, but brokers said the Indian Ocean and South African sectors stayed firm. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) rose four points to 1,360, the Baltic Panamax Index was unchanged at 1,277, the Baltic Capesize Index gained 14 points to 1


Panamax Rates Under Pressure

Freight rates in the Atlantic Panamax market remained under pressure and were expected to move even lower in the near term, brokers said on Monday. While Atlantic rates continued to slide, Pacific business was holding up for the time being but was expected to tail off in due course, brokers said. Fresh cargoes had emerged in the Pacific for Panamaxes, but Japanese and Chinese owners had also started to place their tonnage on the open market.


Panamax Sector Is Soft

The Atlantic panamax sector remains soft, shipbrokers said, adding that the number of spot ships available for hire is keeping freight rates depressed especially as new business is limited. Subsequently, charterers have the upper hand, as shipowners and brokers wait for fresh orders. Despite the slow start to the week, shipbrokers are hopeful that more business will develop. Until these orders appear, however, shipowners with early tonnage are likely to find softer fixture rates inevitable


Panamax Trades Firm

Freight rates for Panamaxes trading the Pacific remained firm due to a flurry of business ahead of the Lunar New year, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. In the Far East, owners of larger Panamax sizes have been negotiating firm returns recently and continue to do so. Chinese charterers told shipbrokers that business there will grind to a halt between January 24 and 30 in observance of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Brokers added that the impending holiday will start to affect the Panamax


The Hour of the Wolf for Panamaxes - Platts Report

Shipowners operating in the trans-Atlantic dry bulk

Shipowners operating in the trans-Atlantic dry bulk market, where prices have been plumbing two-year lows on the back of acute vessel oversupply and shifting patterns in minerals demand, could be facing brighter days, according to the latest special report released by Platts


Star Bulk Sells Star Christianna

  Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company providing transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector, today announced the sale of M/V Star Christianna (a 74,577 dwt Panamax vessel, built in 1998) to an unaffiliated third party.


Is It Too Late To Tangle With Spike in Shipping Market

Graph: Clarksons Research

 A series of interesting and extreme price spikes is going on in the shipping market today, says Clarksons, provider of global shipping and offshore market intelligence.   In fact the latest in a series of interesting and extreme price spikes is going on in the shipping market today


MSC Geneva Gets Fatter

 A revolutionary new option to scrapping for younger panamax containerships deemed too small for a tradelane involves widening the vessel rather than adding length.   The enlargement operation of MSC Geneva was held at the Chinese shipyard Huarun Dadong (HRDD)


Block Island Wind Crew Transfer Contract Awarded

Photo courtesy of Seacat Services

Agreement enables high-speed catamaran ferry company Rhode Island Fast Ferry to commission first US-built crew transfer vessel, to be built by Blount Boats, and launch Atlantic Wind Transfers, its commercial wind support services division.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Mixed on Uncertainty

Capesize rates slide after hitting 5-month high. Rates for capesize bulk carriers eased this week after hitting their highest since December, and could come under pressure next week if charterers hold back cargoes, ship brokers said. "So far, I can't see too much cargo in the market


New Ship Continues Atlantic Offshore's Fleet Modernization

Ocean Falcon, the latest vessel to be launched as part of Atlantic Offshore Rescue’s fleet modernization program (Photo: Atlantic Offshore)

Atlantic Offshore Rescue will unveil the third new vessel in the past 12 months as part of its fleet modernization program, representing an investment totaling $458 million.    Ocean Falcon, a new Class A Multi Role and Emergency Response and Rescue (MRV/ERRV) vessel


Gibdock Opens Prefabrication Facility

Gibdocks prefabrication facility

  Gibdock has officially opened its new ‘Pad 1’, a specialised area for land-based fabrication projects, to a busy workload. The 2,940m2 purpose-built pad offers an area of prime 12 tonnes per m2 load-bearing workspace to support the growing range of large and complex projects


Hapag-Lloyd Orders 5 New Containerships

Due to the dimensions of the canal, shipping companies are only able to use ships with a maximum capacity of 4,900 TEU so far. (Photo Hapag-Lloyd)

When the expansion of the Panama Canal is complete, liner shipping companies will finally be able to use larger vessels. Hapag-Lloyd has therefore ordered five state-of-the-art ships.   Hapag-Lloyd has ordered five modern container ships from the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy


China Shipping Charters Diana Panamax

Calipso. Photo by Diana Shipping

 Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Hong Kong - based China Shipping Bulk Carrier, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Calipso.    The "Calipso" is a 73,691 dwt Panamax dry bulk vessel built in 2005


Marine Institute Maps Atlantic Sea Bed

L-R: Kirk Regular, Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University, Tommy Furey, Dr Peter Heffernan, Fabio Sacchetti, Marine Institute, Marcos Miguel Páscoa Parreira Rosa, Instituto Portugues do Mar e da Atmosfera (IPMA). Photo: Marine Institute

 A team of international scientists, led by the Marine Institute in Ireland, has completed a transatlantic sea bed mapping exercise, which has revealed previously uncharted seabed features including mountains and ridges taller than Carrauntoohil.  


Diana Takes a Hit on Charter Extension

mv Leto Photo Marcelo Lopes

  Diana Shipping Inc. specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Leto


Poseidon to Go Public

Image: New York Stock Exchange

 Poseidon Containers Holdings, a private equity backed containership operator with an initial fleet of 18 vessels, has filed for an initial public offering.    It plans to raise $100 million, which is likely only a placeholder as Poseidon has not specified the number of shares to


Sale of m.v. Star Mega

M.V. Star Mega

  Star Bulk Carriers Corp.  a global shipping company providing transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector, today announced the sale of M/V Star Mega, a 170,631 dwt Capesize vessel, built in 1994, to an unaffiliated third party.


Filling Begins at Panama Canal's New Pacific Locks

Photo Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority.

 Authorities in Panama began on Monday filling up the Panama Canal's new Pacific locks. Water for the locks is coming from Miraflores Lake, the Panama Canal authority (ACP) said.   Three electric pumps will each move 30,000gl of water per minute and 15 diesel pumps 7






 
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