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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 all-time low. China's Winland Ocean Shipping Corp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States on Feb. 12, court documents show, the second banruptcy this month. "Due to current market conditions, the financial position of the company and its subsidiaries has deteriorated, leading to immediate difficulties," the document states, adding that it had therefore filed for Chapter 11 protection. Privately owned Danish firm Copenship filed for bankruptcy earlier in February after losses in the dry bulk market. "The combination of lower steel demand in China and the huge volume of new tonnage coming on line is what is causing panic and making this the worst bulk market since the mid-1980s," said Hsu Chih-chien, chairman of Hong Kong and Singapore-listed dry bulk shipper Courage Marine. China's imports tumbled 19.9 percent from a year earlier as its economy grows at its slowest rate in 24 years.


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


Asian Panamax Rates Up Slightly

Asian Panamax freight rates for dry bulk cargo edged up slightly this week in slow trade due to New Year holidays, Reuters reported. But the outlook for the Panamax sector remained healthy as activity would pick up momentum after the holiday period and the arrival of new ships was unlikely to affect Panamax rates before April, brokers said. The freight rates for the heavy grain Panamax benchmark route, U.S. Gulf to Japan, were quoted higher at $22.493 a ton compared with $22


Dry Bulk Trends

Little Change Seen In Dry Cargo Market The dry cargo freight market was generally little changed last week, with Capesize conditions remaining basically steady but quiet, brokers said. Panamax activity was brisk from South America, but rates failed to advance as rapidly as owners had hoped for, they added. However, some firmer rates were seen, with Cosco's fixture of a 1990-built 74,000 dwt vessel delivery north Brazil trip China at $11,500 daily plus a $250,000 ballast bonus.


Seanergy Maritime Sells Subsidiary BET

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. has completed the sale of its 100% ownership interest in Bulk Energy Transport (Holdings) Limited (BET). The Buyer, I.M.I. Holdings Corp., is an affiliate of members of the Restis family, the Company’s major shareholders. Following the sale of BET, the Company owns a fleet of 12 dry bulk carriers (two Panamax, two Supramax, and eight Handysize vessels) with a total carrying capacity of approximately 468,500 dwt and an average fleet age of 13


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, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, fell 37 points, or 3.37 percent, to 1,061. The Baltic's capesize index fell 83 points, or 4.09 percent, to 1,946 points.


Largest Mobile Harbor Crane on U.S. East Coast

Photo courtesy Liebherr-Werk Nenzing GmbH

In August Liebherr, supplier of port equipment, delivered a Mobile Harbour Crane, type LHM 500S to Rukert Terminals. The Rukert Terminals is located at the Port of Baltimore and specializes in the handling of metals, ores, salt, alloys, and other dry bulk and break-bulk cargoes and containers. The growth in the region over the past decades in terms of global trade, and the associated demand of freight and handling capacity has increased the importance of efficient infrastructure


Euroseas Charter Agreement for M/V Aristides N P

Euroseas Ltd., (NASDAQ:ESEA) an owner and operator of drybulk carriers and container vessels and provider of seaborne transportation for dry bulk and containerized cargoes, announced that a subsidiary of the company has entered into time charter agreement for the following vessel: M/V Aristides N P, a 69,268 dwt, 1993 built Panamax bulk carrier, has been chartered until May 2012 at a gross daily rate of $14,950. The charter will commence upon completion of its present charter within the


Dry Bulk Charter for Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc. announces a time charter contract with Cargill for its dry bulk carrier 'M/V Protefs' Diana Shipping Inc.a shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, announcee that it has entered into a time charter contract with Cargill International S.A., Geneva, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the m/v "Protefs, at a gross charter rate of US$9,000 per day


Coal Trade Rescues Dry Bulk Market, US Gains Traction

Dry bulk trade grew by an impressive 7% in 2012 with steam coal proving to be the saviour of the freight market, which otherwise would have seen a complete bloodbath, according to Drewry's latest 'Dry Bulk Forecaster'. Steam coal trade increased by about 18% from 665 million tonnes in 2011 to 784 million tonnes in 2012, supported by high availability and low prices. The report shows that Global GDP grew by 3.2% in 2012, following growth of 5.2% and 4


Baltic Sea Freight Index up on Higher Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday on higher rates for capesize vessels.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels


Denmark's Promising Future

Photo: Maersk

One of the world’s leading seafaring nations, Denmark has maritime roots stretching back more than 1,000 years. While its history is strong, the Danish market has its collective eyes squarely on the future. In its quest for continued relevance


Baltic Sea Freight Index Flat on Muted Vessel Activity

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained steady on Thursday due to a muted vessel activity.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Golden Ocean and Knightsbridge Complete Merger

Image courtesy of Golden Ocean

  The merger between Knightsbridge Shipping Limited and Golden Ocean Group Limited was approved today at special meetings of both companies' shareholders.      The new company, which will be called Golden Ocean Group Limited


Baltic Sea Freight Index Up

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose Monday on higher demand for smaller vessels. The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize vessels, rose three points, or 0


Dutch Shipyard Dry Docks 51-Meter Crane Pontoon

     Kran 93 on the Hoebée slipway (Photo courtesy of Hoebée B.V.)

  Dutch shipyard Hoebée B.V. in Dordrecht has dry docked the Kraan 92 crane pontoon from European Bulk Services, the shipyard announced last week. It is the largest vessel the shipyard has ever dry docked.   Normally, the 52 x 24 meter and 51 meter tall crane pontoon could be


Baltic Index Retreats with Falling Capesize Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slipped on Wednesday.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, fell 3 points, or 0


Faltering Capesize Demand Drags Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slipped further on Thursday on extended weaker demand for bigger vessels.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Dry Index Weak, Shipping in Troubled Waters

Image: The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

 Baltic Dry Index (BDI), which tracks the cost of shipping iron ore, coal, grain and other materials, is continuing to remain weak as Chinese imports of commodities especially iron ore and coal has gone down portraying dark futures for seaborne trade.  


Baltic Index Advances with Rising Cry Commodity Vessel Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, was lifted on Thursday by higher demand across all vessel segments.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Higher Rates Across All Vessel Segments Propels Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, propelled by higher rates across all vessel segments.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Golden Ocean CEO: Dry Bulk Shipping Market May Rebound

Herman Billung (Photo courtesy of Golden Ocean)

Dry bulk shipping charter rates remain well below break even levels, pushing vessel scrapping to record highs, though some market improvement is expected in the second quarter, Herman Billung, the CEO of shipping firm Golden Ocean said. Dayrates have plunged as China's slowdown reduced its iron


GPA Marks 14.2% Growth in Containers

GPA photo/Stephen B. Morton

The Georgia Ports Authority marked strong and sustained growth across all major markets in the month of February, including bulk, breakbulk, autos and machinery, and containerized freight.   "The additional cargo attracted to Georgia speaks to the reliability and ease of doing business


Capesize Bulk Ship Delivered to Seanergy

Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp., a shipping company specializing in the ownership and operation of dry bulk vessels, announced the delivery of the 171,199 dwt Capesize dry bulk vessel M/V Leadership. The vessel was acquired from an unaffiliated third party and was built by Imabari-Koyo


Baltic Index up With Rising Capesize and Smaller Vessel Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued to rise on Monday, supported by positive capesize and smaller vessel rates.   The index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax






 
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