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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


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.  


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


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 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


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Remain Steady

File Image (Credit BSM)

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.


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


Grand Bahama Shipyard Stayed Busy in 2016

V Ships USA LLC Boston - CSL Acadian (Photo: Grand Bahama Shipyard)

Grand Bahama Shipyard said it enjoyed a busy 2016, performing repairs, refurbishments and retrofits on vessels from all segments of the commercial maritime industry   The Caribbean shipyard Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited (GBSL) worked on 49 commercial vessels and 20 cruise ships throughout


Capesize Vessel Delivered to Navios Partners

Owner and operator of container and dry bulk vessels Navios Maritime Partners L.P. said it has taken delivery of a secondhand Capesize bulk carrier vessel.   The 180,310 dwt ship, Navios Beaufiks, was built in 2004 in Japan, and delivered on December 30, 2016


BIMCO Launches First Report On Global Dry Bulk Terminal Performance

Map: BIMCO

 Since 2015 BIMCO has been collecting feedback on the performance of port terminals in order to be able to report the results to members and, ultimately, to give further guidance to ships.    BIMCO has received over 400 feedback reports from bulk carriers on the performance of dry


BIMCO Surveys Dry Bulk Terminal Performance

Image: BIMCO

 BIMCO is seeking to drive the improvement of standards for ships at dry bulk terminals across the world and has launched its first report on terminal performance.   Since 2015 BIMCO has been collecting feedback on the performance of port terminals in order to be able to report the


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Firm as Weather Delays Weigh

File Image: a large bulk carrier underway (CREDIT: BSM)

Brazil-China rates climb to a 15-month high; about 80 capesize, panamax ships waiting to unload around Tianjin.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to remain firm for at least two more weeks as bad weather conditions in China and Australia help


Multipurpose Shipping Freight Rates to Improve by End 2017

Graph:  Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 The multipurpose shipping market will see the first signs of recovery by the end of 2017, following in the steps of the dry bulk and container shipping markets, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Newcastlemax Duo Joins Diana Shipping’s Fleet

M/v San Francisco. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc

 Diana Shipping has taken delivery of the m/v San Francisco (formerly Hull No. H2548)  and the m/v Newport News (formerly Hull No. H2549), two new building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels that were contracted in May 2013.   The m/v San Francisco has been time chartered to Koch


Multipurpose Shipping Freight Rates Expected to Improve

Photo: Drewry Maritime Research

The multipurpose shipping market will see the first signs of recovery by the end of 2017, following in the steps of the dry bulk and container shipping markets, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


GE Shipping Contracts to Buy 2 Suezmax Crude Carriers

 The Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (GE Shipping) has signed contracts to buy 2 Suezmax crude Carriers of about 157,000dwt each. The 2010 and 2011 built vessels are expected to join the company's fleet in Q4 FY17.   


BIMCO: What Shipping Market can Expect for 2017

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The shipping market in 2016 and looking forward The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast the lowest level of global GDP growth since 2009. 2017 will see another year of die-hard competition, which now includes tankers


Wagenborg's Acquired Vessels Undergoing Paint Job

From left to right: Leuveborg, Ziltborg (ex Vechtdiep) and Zaanborg (ex Vliediep). Photo: Royal Wagenborg

 Ziltborg and Zaanborg, the third and the fourth of seven general cargo vessels acquired by Dutch shipowner and operator Royal Wagenborg earlier this year, are currently undergoing a paint job at Royal Niestern Sander shipyard in the Netherlands.  


Antwerp Port Hits Record Volume

Container terminal Photo port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp will close 2016 with an expected record volume of more than 214 million tonnes of freight handled. The shipping container volume for its part has risen above 10 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units, i.e. standard containers) for the first time in the history of the port


Diana Shipping Gets Refund Guarantee Payment

Courtesy Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE: DSX), (the “Company”), a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of dry bulk vessels, today announced that in connection with the previously announced cancellation of a shipbuilding contract for a Kamsarmax dry bulk carrier, Hull No


Diana Shipping Grants Lower Price for Bulker Duo

Diana Shipping Agrees Lower Price for Bulker Duo

Diana Shipping Inc. Announces a Reduction of the Contract Price to the Shipbuilding Contracts of Two Newbuildings; Time Charter Contracts for m/v Newport News with SwissMarine and for m/v Leto and m/v Naias with Glencore Diana Shipping Inc


The Shipping Markets In 2016

Graph: Clyde & Co

 In 2016, market conditions in most shipping sectors have been highly challenging, says a report by Clyde & Co, global law firm.   The ClarkSea Index, an average of earnings for the main commercial vessel types, reached a record monthly low in August






 
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