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Dry Bulk Freight Market Recovery Slows

Image: China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co., Ltd

 The global dry bulk freight market, crippled by oversupply but seeing signs of renewed activity, is expected to take at least a year to hit the road to recovery, according to the latest Platts survey of shipping market participants.   This inaugural Platts Dry Bulk Market Survey was conducted in July and involved more than 100 dry bulk market participants, with respondents including shipowners, ship-operators, charterers, shipbrokers and analysts. Those polled represented all dry bulk segments across the Capesize, Panamax, Supramax and Handysize markets.   Some 89% of respondents felt the dry bulk freight market will need a minimum of one year to recover, while 54% of the industry players questioned were not expecting any positive changes for at least three more years.   "Despite some signs of life in dry freight rates over the past few weeks, the results of our survey indicated that most market players do not believe in a sustained upturn any time soon," said Peter Norfolk, Platts editorial director for global shipping & freight. "While demand-side developments, particularly in China, remain of key importance to this sector, the overriding concern remains the oversupply of vessels."   Among participants occupying various roles, shipowners were more pessimistic than charterers


Miserable Start for Dry Bulk Shipping

Graphics: BIMCO

 The global production of steel dropped in 2015 compared to 2014, to a larger extent outside China, as China exported its surplus of steel to destinations across the globe; it is too complex to single out whether this is positive or negative for the seaborne dry bulk transport demand, says BIMCO.   Going forward, the Chinese steel industry is set to grow its global market share, currently at 50%. Depending on domestic steel consumption in China


Baltic Sea Freight Index Falls to Lowest Level Since 1986

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, spiralled downwards to its lowest level in nearly three decades as rates for all the four vessel types continued to flounder.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping resources including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser, was down 34 points, or 5.11 percent, at 632 points, the lowest since August 1986


Second Bulk Shipper Files for Bankruptcy

Photo: Winland Ocean Shipping Corp

Dozens of iron ore and coal carriers idled as Baltic dry index falls to all-time low. A second dry cargo shipper has filed for bankruptcy following a collapse in freight rates that has forced many companies to idle vessels used to haul iron ore, coal and grain rather than hire out the ships at a loss. Weaker demand from China and an oversupply of ships has led to the worst industry downturn in 30 years, pushing the Baltic dry index - the industry benchmark for freight rates - to an


Slower China Growth Hurts Global Shipping Sector: Fitch

Image: China Ocean Shipping Company

 China's slower growth and economic transition will pose significant risks for the already struggling shipping sector, rating agency Fitch said.   The shipping sector is already faces overcapacity, weak freight rates and stretched financials.   "Weaker data on exports and manufacturing in China and its economic transition increase uncertainty for container shipping," said Fitch in a report.  


Dry-Bulk Shipping: Hitting the Bottom

Photo: China COSCO Bulk Shipping (Group) Co

 Dry bulk shipping companies being hit the hardest on account of the deteriorating business climate are likely to be swept by a new wave of bankruptcies, reports Nikkei.   The global commodities bust has rocked the dry-bulk shipping industry, with a wave of bankruptcies washing across the sector and major players forced to restructure, divest or scrap assets.   Many in the industry had hoped it would start to recover this year


Baltic Index Down on Weak Vessel Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday on lower vessel rates.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, fell six points to 595 points.   The capesize index was up seven points at 558 points.   Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150


Baltic Index Down on Lower Rates for Panamax, Smaller Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Friday, pulled down by a fall in rates for panamax and smaller vessels. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, fell four points to 587 points. The capesize index was up nine points at 574 points. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150


Busiest Capesize Demolition Market Ever

Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO

  The activity on the demolition market is off to a good start in 2015 when looking at dry bulk tonnage, according to international shipping association Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO).   The dry bulk market has long suffered from weak freight rates stemming from falling demand and an oversupply of ships. However, despite worsening freight market conditions, the demolition of dry bulk tonnage has not been adapting fully to this trend as could be expected


Jinhui Issues Profit Warning As Dry Bulk Plummets

Photo: Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited

 Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited expects to record a wider net loss for the fourth quarter and year ended 31 December 2015, compared to a year earlier on account of record-low freight rates in the dry bulk shipping market.   The Hong Kong-based marine transportation company has faced a tough year in 2015 in the dry bulk shipping market, coupled with deeper than expected slowdown of China’s economic growth, ambiguous currency policies


Cosco Merger May Change Industry Dynamics

Image: China Shipping group

 The merger between China Shipping group and the Cosco Group has given rise to a mammoth company that could trigger stability and extended consolidation in the global shipping industry, says a report in the WSJ.   The merger will free the two Chinese shipping groups from competing


Demolition Age Drops as the Dry Bulk Market Enters Another Challenging Year

Graph: BIMCO

 The dry bulk market faced a lot of headwind in 2015 as dwindling demand and over-supply created very unfavourable market conditions, says BIMCO.   2016 has shown no improvements so far and prospects for the rest of the year are not looking promising


LNG Bulker Cements Thordon's Green Future

JT Cements LNG-fuelled cement carried Greenland undergoing sea trials (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Sea trials aboard Greenland, the world’s first LNG-fuelled short-sea dry bulk vessel, have validated the performance of Thordon Bearings COMPAC propeller shaft solution, indicating that seawater-lubricated bearing systems are applicable to all ship types and are definitely here to stay.


Baltic Index Touches New Record Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, registered a new all-time low on Monday on muted vessel demand.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser


Maybulk Issues Profit Warning

Photo: Malaysian Bulk Carriers

 Malaysian Bulk Carriers Bhd (Maybulk) is forecasting significant losses for the fourth quarter of 2015 and the financial year ended December 31, 2015 amid depressed market condition.   Maybulk, which operates the country’s largest fleet of dry bulk vessels used for international


Panamaxes the Filling in Another Depressing Dry Bulk Sandwich

Image: International Association of Marine and Shipping Professionals

 A report from the Freight Investor Services (FIS): “When there’s blood on the streets, it’s time to buy, even if the blood is your own,” shipowner Leon Patitsas rather enigmatically told this week’s Marine Money conference.   


Dry Bulk Suffers From Poseidon’s Potent Prongs

Graph: Clarksons Research

 It has been a grim start to 2016 for the bulkcarrier market, with the Baltic Dry Index sliding to new record lows on almost every day of the year so far, says Clarksons Research.   With a nearly constant stream of negative news continuing to emerge across each of the key dry bulk


Baltic Index Slides to New Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, touched a new all-time low on Monday as concerns of weak global demand and vessel oversupply weighed on the sector.   The overall index


Baltic Index Slips to Fresh Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped to another all-time low on Tuesday on worries about vessel oversupply and slowing global demand.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron


US-flag Great Lakes Cargos Down in January

Source: LCA

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters carried 2.3 million tons of dry-bulk cargo on the Great Lakes in January, a decrease of 23 percent compared to a year ago, according to figures compiled by the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).  Iron ore cargos decreased 20 percent


New China Cosco Shipping Commencing Ops

Pic: China Cosco Holdings

China's Ministry of Commerce has approved the merger of China Ocean Shipping (Group) and China Shipping (Group) so that the combined company can begin full operations.   The company sources said, the newly merged entity will officially be launched and commence operations in Shanghai on


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Should Remain Flat

Western Australia-China rates hit near 17-year low; owners explore laying-up ships. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes should remain flat next week as the Lunar New Year holiday in China will curtail chartering activity, shipbrokers said on Thursday.


Baltic Index Slips Below 300 Points

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped below 300 points on Thursday, to an all-time low.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser


Diana Shipping to Acquire Three Panamax Ships

Diana Shipping Inc. has signed, through three separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, three Memoranda of Agreement to acquire from a related party three Panamax vessels for an aggregate purchase price of $39.8 million. These vessels are the m/v Sunshine, a 2010 built Panamax dry bulk vessel of 75


Baltic Index Records New Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, registered a new all-time low for the ninth straight session on Friday as concerns of slow global demand outweighed gains for the large-vessel segment.  






 
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