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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


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


Shipping Confidence is Low -Moore Stephens

Richard Greiner (Photo: Moore Stephens)

Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell to a record low in the three months to February 2016, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.   The average confidence level expressed by respondents in the markets in which they operate was 5.0 on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). This compares to the 5.6 recorded in November 2015, and is the lowest rating in the life of the survey


Dry Bulk Recovery will Require a Team Effort

(Photo: Pierre F. Beckman, Bulldog and Partners)

Experts believe the dry bulk market is positioned to become profitable by 2019 – but only if a series of sustained measures are taken year on year by the ship owning community as a whole, according to a report recently published by BIMCO.   Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, discussed the recently published analysis of the dry bulk market - the “Road to Recovery” in an interview at BIMCO House


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Remain Steady

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Owners seeking to push rates higher, close to year-long highs; dry bulk sector to see greater consolidation - BIMCO. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to remain steady next week even as owners try to push rates up close to year-highs, ship brokers said. That came as charter rates stayed firm despite China's week-long National Day holiday which ends at the weekend.


Higher Shipping Rates Boost Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday due to strengthening rates across all vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


US-flag Cargo Movement on Lakes Little Changed in January

U.S.-flag Great Lakes freighters (lakers) moved 2.1 million tons of dry-bulk cargo in January, a decrease of 125,000 tons compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association  (LCA).   This January’s float was down nearly a quarter from the month’s


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Up on Increased Traffic

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Record iron ore prices fuelling capesize chartering boom; freight rates rise by around $1 per tonne in a week.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-week highs on Wednesday, are set to continue to climb next week on buoyant iron ore cargo


Baltic Index Rises on Broad Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday on stronger demand across all vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 19 points


Diana Inks Time Charters with Koch

M/S Seattle Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

 Diana Shipping, a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Koch Shipping Pte. Ltd., Singapore, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Hold Steady

Floor may have been reached on Western Australia-China rates; dry cargo demand could fall 5.4 pct in first quarter.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes are likely to hold around the current levels next week on ample tonnage supply even as chartering


Pakistan's First Dry Bulk Terminal to Open in March

Pakistan's first dry bulk terminal will open next month and is expected to handle 3 million tonnes a year of coal imports, rising to 20 million tonnes over the next five years, the port's chief executive said on Thursday. The $285 million Port Muhammad Bin Qasim


Diana Shipping Signs Time Charter Contract with Caravel

m/v Dione. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

 Diana Shipping has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Caravel Shipping Limited, Hong Kong, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Dione, for a period of minimum nine (9) months to about twelve (12) months


Star Bulk Carriers Announces Private Placement

Photo: Star Bulk Carriers Corp.

 Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announced the closing of its previously announced private placement of 6,310,272 common shares, at a price of $8.154 per share.    The aggregate proceeds to Star Bulk, net of underwriting fees and offering expenses, were approximately $50.6 million


Sino-Australian Seaborne Trade

Graph: Clarkson Research Services Limited

 In recent decades, trade between the Australia and China have made an increasingly significant contribution to growth in global seaborne trade, and the signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in 2015 is driving further co-operation, says a report by Clarkson Research Services.


Scorpio Bulkers Narrows Loss

Photo: Scorpio Bulkers

 Scorpio Bulkers has its loss narrowed to $124.8 million, or $2.22 per share for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared with a net loss of $510.7 million  seen in the same period a year earlier.   However, it  reported a loss of $20


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could Diverge on Market Conditions

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Australia-China rates could climb on improved weather. Brazil-China rates to hold steady, fall on lack of charters.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes could diverge next week with rates from Australia to China rebounding on improved weather


Improved Demand Easing Dry Bulk Vessel Oversupply

An impressive outlook for dry bulk demand coupled with a small orderbook of newbuilds Drewry

With contraction in vessel supply and healthy demand growth, the dry bulk shipping market is expected to recover from 2017 onwards, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Diana Shipping Extends SwissMarine Charter

M/V Aliki. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

 Diana Shipping , through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with SwissMarine Services S.A., Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Aliki.   The global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk


Diana Shipping Extends Time Charter Contract for M/v Houston

Photo:  Diana Shipping Inc.

 Diana Shipping  has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has agreed to extend the present time charter contract with SwissMarine Services, Geneva, for one of its Capesize dry bulk vessels, the m/v Houston






 
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