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Capesize Bunker Consumption: Baltic Exchange Issues Brokers Guidance

Capesize Bulk Carrier: Photo courtesy of K-Line

The Baltic Exchange advises panellists that with the prevalence of 'slow steaming' they should assume that if steaming at 12kts laden/13kts ballast, Capesize vessels will consume 44 tonnes per day (NDAS). The London market exchange has provided its shipbroker panel members with further guidance on the way in which they assess the capesize market. The move has followed extensive market consultation and reflects the need for greater precision on the slow steaming characteristics of the Baltic capesize vessel type. The Chairman of the Baltic Exchange’s Freight Indices & Futures Committee Guy Campbell said: “This guidance does not imply any change to the index definition. Our timecharter rates are assessments of the prevailing market for the Baltic reference vessel on the defined route. Slower speeds are currently the norm, so we are providing panellists with the information they need to allow their assessments to accurately reflect the market.” Users of Baltic information should note that the Baltic Exchange already expects panellists reporting timecharter routes to consider prevailing market conditions. This includes consideration of comparable fixtures concluded, as well as the likely steaming speed and consumption of the Baltic defined vessel in the prevailing environment for freight rates and bunker costs.


Baltic Exchange Appoints Jones A-P Director, Singapore

Christopher Jones: Photo courtesy of Baltic Exchange

Jones joins the Baltic Exchange from ICAP Shipping Singapore where he was director of sale & purchase. He will replace Philip Williams who retires from the role in April, and he 
will be based at the Exchange's Singapore office. Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Jeremy Penn said:

 “We’re delighted to welcome Chris Jones to the team. The Baltic Exchange’s presence has grown significantly in Asia with our Singapore office leading the drive


New Book on Legal Aspects of Bunkering

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Petrospot Limited has recently published Legal Issues in Bunkering: An Introduction to the Law Relating to the Sale and Use of Marine Fuels: a new book by barrister and legal consultant Trevor Harrison. The book offers an accessible overview of the legal aspects of bunkering, distilling salient points and summarizing the more arcane elements of the subject. The book is not intended as a substitute for professional help or casebooks on shipping law


Arabian Gulf Tanker Rates Decline

According to a Jan. 8 Report from Bloomberg, the cost of shipping Middle East crude oil to Asia, the world’s busiest route for supertankers, declined on a surplus of vessels for hire. Charter rates for very large crude carriers, or VLCCs, on the industry’s benchmark Saudi Arabia to Japan voyage declined 0.3 percent to 49.69 Worldscale points, according to the London based Baltic Exchange. (Source: Bloomberg)


Iron-Ore Ship Rates Rise as China Spends

Iron-Ore carrier daily rates rebound as China spends US$158-billion. Iron-ore ships are poised to earn more than operating costs for the first time this year as rates rally on speculation Chinese steel mills will accelerate imports because of a 1 trillion-yuan ($158 billion) building program, reports Bloomberg Business News. Capesizes, each carrying 160,000 metric tons of ore, will earn $12,500 a day in the fourth quarter


Charter Party Laytime Definitions Updated

Uncertainties in laytime definitions currently used in charter parties have been addressed in the latest Laytime Definitions of Charter Parties 2013, created by a shipping industry working group consisting of BIMCO, the Baltic Exchange, Comitė Maritime International (CMI) and the Federation of National  Associations of Shipbrokers and Agents  (FONASBA). The new document sets out statements of meaning of words and phrases commonly used in the context of laytime and reflects


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. The Baltic's capesize index rose 43 points or 1.4 percent to 3,023 points. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal


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, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, fell 27 points, or 2.62 percent, to 1,002. The Baltic's capesize index fell 76 points, or 4.08 percent, to 1,789 points.


Diana Shipping Announces Charter Contract for MV Triton

Diana Shipping Inc. announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A. for its Panamax dry bulk carrier, the Triton, for a minimum 33 to maximum 36 months period at a gross daily charter hire rate of $24,400. The charterer has the option to employ the vessel for a further 11-13 month period at a daily rate based on the average rate of four pre-determined time charter routes as published by the Baltic Exchange


Tankship Charter Rates Slump on Persian Gulf to Asia Route

Losses widen for oil tankers hauling 2-million barrel crude cargoes on the industry's benchmark route According to Bloomberg, VLCC's on the Saudi Arabia-to-Japan voyage are losing $5,529 a day, according to data accessed by Bloomberg from the Baltic Exchange in London. Returns have been negative for 18 sessions in a row and were at minus $5,130 on July 27. The ships were earning $41,093 on April 2, the highest level this year.


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


Trans Atlantic Tanker Rates Higher

Clean tanker rates on the transatlantic route edged higher on Monday helped by light bookings although the market continued to struggle with a glut of vessels. Rates for medium-range (MR) tankers for 37,000 tonne cargoes on the TC2 route from Rotterdam to New York were at W124


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


Sterling Shipping Adds Two Industry Veterans

Quentin Soanes and Jeremy Davies have joined the Sterling Shipping Services team. Having worked in the world of Sale & Purchase shipbroking for 36 and 30 years respectively, both Quentin and Jeremy bring with them a wealth of experience and are highly respected in the business.


Shipping Confidence Trending Higher Into 2014, Finds Survey

Average confidence graph: Image courtesy of Platts

The shipping world appears to be entering 2014 with a higher level of confidence than it has the past three years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and Maritime London member Moore Stephens.


Shanghai Remains World's Busiest Container Port

Shanghai Huangpu River: Photo CCL

Shanghai port container throughput rose 3.3 percent to a record 33.6 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) last year, according to official data just published, reports Xinua. According to the Chinese news agency, the city first became the world’s biggest container port in 2010 when


Baltic Trading Acquires Two Capesize Vessels

Takes Delivery of the Baltic Lion; Vessel to Commence Spot Market-Related Time Charter. Baltic Trading Limited announced today that it has taken delivery of the Baltic Lion, a 2012-built Capesize vessel. The Baltic Lion is the second of two Capesize vessels to be delivered to the Company under


London's Baltic Exchange Redefines Capesize Terms

Capesize Bulk Carrier: Wiki CCL photo

The Baltic Exchange inform it will be making significant amends to the Baltic Capesize Index including a change to its vessel description, amends to the route weightings and the addition of three new routes, as follows:  

 The move follows a formal consultation process with the dry bulk


Baltic Trading Take Delivery of Capesize, & Charter Out

Bulk carrier image CCL

Baltic Trading Limited has accepted delivery of the first of two new bulk carriers, 'Baltic Tiger', a 179,185 dwt Capesize vessel, and found a time charter for the vessel without delay. The Baltic Tiger delivered to its charterer, Swissmarine Services S.A


Russian Oil Tanker Rates Rise 51% in Two Days

The cost of shipping Russian oil to northwest Europe had the biggest two-day jump since April as traders accelerated bookings of tankers to load at the end of this month, curbing the number available for charter, reports Bloomberg. Rates for Aframaxes shipping 100


Bulkship Owners, Baltic Trading, Make Public Stock Offering

Baltic Trading say they intend to use the net proceeds from the offering for future vessel acquisitions or as working capital and for general corporate purposes. Jefferies LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering


 
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