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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


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


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.


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.


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


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 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


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


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


Brazilian Soybeans Sold to China Bound for US

Two Brazilian soybean cargoes sold by Japan's Marubeni Corp that were initially sold to China have been switched to the United States, according to port and shipping data updated on Tuesday, the latest of several U.S. import shipments expected this season.


Iran Changes Mind on Atlantic Ocean Warship Deployment

Iran destroyer, same class: Photo Wiki CCL

Iran has called off a deployment of warships to the Atlantic Ocean, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Sunday, shelving plans for its vessels to approach U.S. maritime borders in response to the U.S. navy's presence in the Gulf. A senior Iranian naval commander was quoted in February as


Baltic Sea Freight Index down on Weak Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, dropped for a 14th straight session on Friday, driven mainly by falling capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Falling Vessel Rates Keep Baltic Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday for a 13th straight session as vessel rates continued to soften. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down Again

The Baltic Exchange main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday for a 12th straight session on weak rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down, Capesize Rates Slump

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an 11th straight session on Tuesday, mainly driven by a heavy drop in capesize vessel rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Falling Vessel Rates Pull Down Baltic Sea Freight Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a tenth straight session on Monday as vessel rates continued to fall. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a ninth straight session on Friday on lower vessel activity. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Freight Index Down, Capesize, Panamax Rates Fall

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an eighth consecutive session on Thursday as rates for capesize and panamax vessels continued lower. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize


Ocean Osprey is Ready to Serve in Norway

Ocean Osprey (Photo: Zamakona Yards)

Zamakona Yards announced that the newly built vessel Ocean Osprey arrived to Scotland last week to soon begin operating in the Martin Linge offshore oilfields to support the works of Norwegian company Total E & P. Ocean Osprey was launched January 31 at Zamakona’s facility in Pasajes


Scorpio Bulkers Continue to Think Big with New Orders, Charters

Photo courtesy of Scorpio Bulkers

Monaco-based Scorpio Bulkers Inc. says it has signed agreements to purchase 5 Capesize dry bulkships from South Korea shipyards for a total of US $306 million, and has entered into charter party contracts as set out below: Newbuildings Yard         &n


Concordia, Neste Sell Jointly Owned Tankers

Photo: Concordia Maritime

Concordia Maritime and Finnish Neste Oil have reached an agreement on the sale of the two jointly owned Ice Class 1A panamax tankers, Stena Poseidon and Palva. The buyer is Transport Maritime St-Laurent Inc. and the tankers are expected to be delivered in April/May 2014.


Sargasso Sea Protection: 11 Countries Pledge to Support Pact

Sargasso Sea image from video courtesy of SSA

Representatives from 11 countries and territories from North America, the Caribbean and Europe have committed support for the conservation of the Sargasso Sea eco-system for the benefit of present and future generations, informs the Sargasso Sea Alliance (SSA).


Baltic Freight Index up on Higher Dry Bulk Activity

Reuters - The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, rose 19 points to 1,562.


Star Bulk Takes Delivery of Star Sirius

Star Bulk Carriers Corp., a global shipping company focusing on the transportation of dry bulk cargos, has announced that it has taken delivery of M/V Star Sirius a Post - Panamax bulk carrier of approximately 98,000 deadweight tons carrying capacity.


 
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