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Crude Oil Tanker Market Weakened, says OPEC

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 Crude oil tanker market sentiment weakened in April as average spot freight rates dropped on most reported routes, OPEC said in its latest monthly report.   On average, dirty tanker freight rates were down 8% from the month before.  Despite a stronger market seen in the VLCC sector, average dirty spot freight rates declined, influenced by the declines in Suezmax and Aframax freight rates.    VLCC spot freight rates showed improvements, rising by around 17% on all reported routes, as a result of an active market and strong tonnage demand.    Suezmax and Aframax both closed the month down by 15% and 12%, respectively, as demand for both classes remained weak amid a persisting tonnage oversupply.   Following the drop seen last month, OPEC spot fixtures dropped in April by 4.2%. The decline came mainly on the back of lower fixtures registered for both eastbound and westbound destinations, while global fixtures declined by 2.9% from a month earlier.   Compared with a year ago, OPEC and spot global fixtures were down by 11.2% and 9.6%, respectively.   OPEC sailings were also lower in May, dropping from the previous month and a year earlier by 1.2% and 2.2%, respectively.    According to preliminary data, arrivals into North America and West Asia increased by 0.7% and 3.6%, respectively, from the month before, while arrivals into the Far East and Europe declined by 0.5% and 3


World Container Index (WCI) to launch in September

Drewry Shipping Consultants and The Cleartrade Exchange announced that the World Container Index (WCI), the first Europe-based assessment of container freight rates and index production, is scheduled for launch in September 2011. The index will be designed to provide a new and important facility for the global market to hedge their freight rate risk and see major improvements in forward price discovery through the container derivatives market.


Asia-Europe Container Rates Fall Almost 11 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 10.7 percent to $1,198 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. It was the second consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route. Container freight rates have so far increased in 10 weeks this year but fallen in 23 weeks.


Suezmax Tankers Bullish

 Suezmax: By Palmali Group of Companies

Global fixture activity for suezmax crude tankers rose in the first quarter by 5% year on year, with most of the activity coming out of West Africa.   Suezmax fixtures out of the Caribbean rose by 48%, most of which headed to the US Gulf and East coast Panama.   During the first quarter 2015, there was a 45% rise in suezmax fixtures from the Middle East Gulf (MEG) to West Coast India, compared to the same period last year


Freight Rate Trends: Upcoming Free Supply Chain Webinar

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Drewry Maritime Research says it is hosting a free webinar for supply chain professionals to explain recent trends in ocean & air freight rates and provide an outlook for the future. The webinar presentation will examine and explain: Recent ocean & air freight rate trends on Global trades Economic drivers Drewry's outlook for freight rates The event will be hosted by Simon Heaney, Senior Manager, and Philip Damas


Lack of Committed Charters Cause of MOL's Losses

In his New Year message, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines President Muto predicts loss in 2013 of same magnitude as last year, suggests new business model. Excerpts from Mr. Muto's message follow: "The marine transport industry has faced a challenging external environment mainly due to economic slowdowns in Europe, the U.S. and China, the yen's appreciation, and high bunker fuel prices. This has certainly been a factor behind MOL's losses


Asia-Europe Container Rates at One-Year Low

Container freight rates fell 10.2 percent on busy route; Maersk expects gradually declining rates. Freight rates for shipping containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 10.2 percent to $738 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. It was the fourth consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route and the rate is the lowest since Oct. 25 last year


Guide to Index-Linked Container Contracts Launched

Drewry and the World Container Index have published a White Paper that explains how index-linked contracts work, the first definitive guide on the subject since widespread adoption commenced two years ago. The White Paper, which is FREE to download from Drewry’s web site, examines the causes of recent container freight rate volatility and how index-linked contracts can help mitigate the impacts of such instability


Hapag-Lloyd Reports Another Quarter of Net Profits

Hapag-Lloyd Berlin Express

Following on from the second quarter, Hapag-Lloyd once again generated a profit in the third quarter of the current financial year, primarily as a result of substantial cost reductions. Between July and September 2013, the group recorded a profit of €16.6 million, despite freight rates that continued to deteriorate. The average freight rate in the third quarter was $1,476/TEU, which was well below the previous year’s figure of $1,647/TEU


Transpacific Container Shippers Plan Price Rise

File photo: containership at dock.

A container shipping organisation urged companies on Wednesday to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) from Jan. 15, corresponding to an increase of 26.6 percent from the current level. The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) said the planned increase was part of an ongoing effort by members to reverse a decline in spot rates in the Asia-U.S. freight market. The organisation also said container shipping companies should reinstate a $400 per


Bahri Goes to Hyundai Samho for Five More VLCCs

Image: National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri)

 Immediately after signing contract with signed with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to build five VLCCs, with an option to build additional five VLCCs, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) signed a contract with Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries to build additional five VLCCs


Confidence Low in Shipping Idustry

Image: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

 Confidence levels in the global shipping market have fallen to a seven-year low as a glut of cargo ships, weak freight rates and excess liquidity continue to batter the industry, a survey by Moore Stephens, a London-based consulting firm finds.  


Hyundai Sees Mega Ships Leading Global Demand

Pic: Hyundai Heavy Industries Co

 As the demand for mega vessels has increased, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. expects mega- sized container ships to lead global orders until early next year as shipping companies seek ways to cut costs, reports Bloomberg. Hyundai Heavy is the world’s biggest shipbuilder.  


The Hour of the Wolf for Panamaxes - Platts Report

Shipowners operating in the trans-Atlantic dry bulk

Shipowners operating in the trans-Atlantic dry bulk market, where prices have been plumbing two-year lows on the back of acute vessel oversupply and shifting patterns in minerals demand, could be facing brighter days, according to the latest special report released by Platts


China Ship Scrapping Subsidies Extended to 2017

Ship scrapping subsidy program originally due to run to end-2015; show of government support amid continuing industry downturn. China on Tuesday extended by two years a subsidy programme that encourages shipping companies to scrap old vessels in a bid to support an industry struggling to emerge


Singapore Grows Box Terminal, Woos Mega-Ships

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Singapore opened the newest addition to its container port on Tuesday, aiming to handle more of the increasing number of mega-ships plying the oceans. A few of the planned 15 berths in Phases 3 and 4 of the Pasir Panjang Terminal are operational. The rest of the S$3.5  billion ($2


Greece Shipping Earnings Up 9 % in 2014

Greek shipping. Photo by: North Star Marine S.A.

 The Greek economy’s foreign currency revenues from shipping activities expanded 9.04 percent last year from 2013, reaching 13.18 billion euros, in spite of the country's financial woes, according to the annual report of the Association of Greek Shipowners (EEE).  


Moody's Changes Hapag-Lloyd Rating to Stable

Photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Moody's Investors Service has changed to stable from negative the outlook on the B2 corporate family rating (CFR), the B2-PD probability of default rating (PDR) and the Caa1  senior unsecured rating of Hapag-Lloyd AG. Concurrently, Moody's has  affirmed the ratings assigned to the


Tanker Market Full Streams Ahead, Says OPEC

Monthly averages of crude oil spot freight rates. Graph by OPEC

 The dirty tanker market enjoyed a general improving sentiment in May for vessels in all reported classes on the back of high tonnage demand and increased activities.    Clean tanker freight rates declined on average, mainly as freight rates reported on the West of Suez were weak


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Softening

Owners waiting for charterers to release July cargoes next week.   Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes are set to soften early next week before rebounding on the first wave of supertanker charters from the Middle East to Asia in July's fixture


Container Shipping Capacity Threat for Profitability

Estimated average unit revenue, 1Q12-1Q15 (US$ per teu). Source: Drewry Maritime Research

 The rapid expansion of container shipping capacity this year threatens to reverse the strong profitability ocean carriers showed in the first quarter, Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd said.   Carriers weathered a storm of low rates in the first quarter to deliver some of the best


Biggies to Rule Ocean, says Maersk CEO

Nils Andersen. Photo: Maersk Line

 The WSJ reports that the Danish container-shipping group is ordering more megaships even as freight rates remain low. Reason?   The world’s biggest container-shipping companies are set to dominate seaborne trade over the next few years


Homeless Atlantic Oil Cargoes Deepen Glut

Millions of stranded barrels underscore glut; elevated freight rates complicate search for buyers. A shadowy build up of oil has intensified in the Atlantic Basin with homeless cargoes of crude turning into unintentional floating storage - another sign the global surplus has some way to go


Asia-N.Europe Box Rates Hit 6-Year Low

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell 23 percent to $342 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, a source with access to Shanghai Containerized Freight Index data told Reuters.


Shipping Freight Rates Drop Amidst Overcapacity

file image: a containership docked at the port of Oakland, CA

Shipping freight rates on the world's busiest route, from Asia to Northern Europe, fell by the largest percentage amount since 2008, reflecting wild volatility in the market as vessel operators continue to wrestle with overcapacity. Rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe






 
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