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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


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


More Vessels Need to Be Scrapped to Restore Balance -Norden

Jan Rindbo (Photo: Norden)

Danish shipping company D/S Norden said the dry cargo market reached its lowest point last year and will not recover this year under the weight of overcapacity and the Chinese economy's transition away from an industrial economy.   China's insatiable appetite for coal and iron ore that profitable freight rates for dry cargo vessels has now gone, Chief Executive Jan Rindbo said on Wednesday.   "The industry undergoes huge changes these years


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


Baltic Index Up on Firmer Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday, boosted by stronger demand for capesizes and smaller shipping vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Essar Ports Hazira Allows Third-party Cargo

Essar Ports Hazira  Photo Essar

Essar Bulk Terminal Limited, Hazira, a subsidiary of Essar Ports Limited, which is a part of Essar, has received an approval from Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) to handle 15 million tonnes of merchant cargo over three years. Based on this approval, the Hazira Terminal


Baltic Index Dips on Weaker Rates for Bigger Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday, hurt by lower rates for capesize and panamax vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Baltic Index Down on Lower Capesize, Panamax Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slipped on Friday, as demand for capesize and panamax vessels fell.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Hamburg Süd Reports Growth in a Challenging Year

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 The Hamburg Süd Group reported it has increased its total turnover by 16.8 percent to 6,058 million euros, driven primarily by its takeover and integration of the container operations of the Chilean shipping company Compañía Chilena de Navegación


Hamburg Süd Boosted by CCNI Takeover

Photo: Hamburg Süd

 German shipping company  Hamburg Süd raised its revenue last year due to the acquisition of  Chilean line Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica (CCNI), yet the container business still performed weaker than expected.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Market Direction Uncertain

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier. These vessels were built primarily to carry iron ore from Brazil to the far east. (image: Vale)

Owners resisting charterers' attempts to push market lower; rates slip from 5-1/2-month highs. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes face an uncertain outlook next week with some owners resisting charterers' attempts to push hire rates down even as freight rates


Baltic Index Up Slightly as Smaller Vessels Support

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose marginally on Thursday as steady demand for smaller vessels offset weaker rates across capesize and panamax vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Up On Stronger Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday due to higher demand for capesizes and gains across smaller vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Waterways Are the Greenest Way to Go

Photo courtesy of AWO

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and Waterways Council, Inc. (WCI) released a fact sheet highlighting the many environmental and energy efficiency benefits of our nation’s waterways.    Among them, Did You Know...  


CO2 Emissions for Every Ship for Every Hour!

Map:  UCL Energy Institute

 Researchers at UCL Energy Institute use the methodology they developed for the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 and AIS data to estimate emissions from five different ship types and display this in a new interactive map that plots 250 million data points to show the movements of the world’s


Baltic Index Inches up on Higher Capesize Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday, supported by higher demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Stronger Capesize Demand Boosts Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday, primarily helped by higher demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Hanjin to Divest Assets

Image: Hanjin Shipping

 The South Korean carrier Hanjin Shipping plans to generate USD 357 million from asset sales.    South Korea’s largest container operator by capacity plans to sell items such as dry bulk activities while the debt-stricken shipping group negotiates with shipowners for a


G E Shipping Reworks Newbuildings Kamsarmax Exposure

Jag Laxmi Photo Greatship

The Great Eastern Shipping Company has entered into an agreement to cancel the new building Kamsarmax which was scheduled for delivery in FY 18 (contract signed in FY 14).   Simultaneously, the Company has contracted for purchase of two newbuilding resale Kamsarmaxes being built at the same






 
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