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Global Shipping in Doldrums

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 Wells Fargo Securities says that headwinds face global shipping industry and the continued overcapacity means freight rate gains are less likely to stick.   "Given the continued overcapacity headwinds and easing containerized trade demand, we believe these freight rate gains are less likely to stick, and we expect rates to remain under pressure as we approach the slack winter season, particularly following a muted peak season," says a report from Wells Fargo Securities, written by Michael Webber that appeared in the Forbes.   Container Freight Rates Get Boost Amid November General Rate Increases, Will They Stick? Last week, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) increased by 41.1% wk/wk (week-over-week) to $759/TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit), marking the highest levels reached since early August (although the SCFI is still down 30% year-to-date).    That said, we note that the bulk of these gains were driven by the latest round of general rate increases (GRIs) across the Container Line group, with Liners implementing rate hikes ranging from $600-$1,200/TEU along major trade lanes, which helped to drive the Shanghai-Europe and Shanghai-Mediterranean indexes up by 328% (to $988/TEU) and 298% (to $804/TEU), respectively.  


General Rate Increases, Transatlantic Trade

Since rates are at an unsustainable level in the transatlantic trade, Maersk Line announced a general rate increase effective 1 September 2009. The company said the rate increase is necessary to continue to operate its services with the same level of reliability. The filed increase is as follows: •    $400 per 20 ft container •    $500 per 40 ft/high cube/45 ft container


MOL Announces GRI

MOL (Mitsui OSK Line) said it plans a general rate increase for all cargo moving southbound from Europe North Continent and Mediterranean to West Africa. The new rate of $219.4 per TEU will become effective 15 October 2009. The GRI is applicable to all commodities and equipment, including reefer containers. (www.MOLpower.com)


Rate Increase, Transatlantic Trade

As a result of market instability in the transatlantic trade, Maersk Line is announcing the following general rate increase, effective 1 April 2009. The filed increases are as follows between Northern Europe and the East Coast and Gulf Coast of North America: •    $160 per 20 ft dry container •    $220 per 40 ft container/high cube/45 ft container/reefer The filed increases are as follows between Northern Europe and the West Coast of North


World’s Dry Cargo Transport Rate Nosedives

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 The recession, gradually engulfing the world commodity production, has become apparent amid the dynamics of rates for international dry cargo transportation, reports abc.az   The key shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 26.7 percent to $469 per 20-foot container (TEU), last Friday.    It was the third consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world’s busiest route and rates are now nearly 60


Asia–U.S. Container Lines to Introduce Freight Increase

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The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) informs that member container shipping lines are proposing an across-the board general rate increase (GRI) of at least US$600 per 40-foot container (FEU) to all destinations, effective September 1, 2014 Carriers had filed increases in their individual tariffs in late July and subsequently began notifying customers directly. TSA lines said the planned GRI follows strong cargo demand and high vessel utilization levels in recent months


Container Industry Stuck in a Vicious Cycle

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The industry is stuck in a vicious cycle, Drewry reports – although new ships may give carriers lower slot costs, the supply/demand dynamics are out of kilter and freight rates remain very volatile. Drewry Maritime Research’s 1Q14 Container Forecaster report highlights that the industry remains in an extended down cycle. This is being accentuated and extended by the constant delivery of new ships. The global cascade is now hurting the balance of the north/south trades.


Dry Bulk: Less Pain, Not Much Gain

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The dry bulk market’s strong end to 2016 is unlikely to last long into 2017, according to the latest research from Maritime Strategies International. In its latest quarterly dry bulk market report*, MSI predicts a depressed year for rates in 2017, a year marked by multiple risks to recovery.   Stronger freight markets in Q4 2016 had been broadly expected by MSI, albeit for slightly different reasons. While iron ore trade undershot its expectations


Maersk Rate Hikes Hitting the High Notes

Do we sense a touch of desperation from the executive corridors of Maersk Line as the Triple-E delivery dates approach?    Maersk Line boss Nils Smedegaard Andersen was in a confident mood after his carrier posted a decent $204 million profit in the first quarter. Making a profit when Asia-Europe is a disaster and many other carriers are wallowing in red ink is impressive enough, but the Maersk CEO raised eyebrows when he addressed the rates issue.


Bahri Profits Fall

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 National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri),  the exclusive oil shipper for Saudi Aramco, made a net profit of 327.8 million riyals ($87.4 million) for the three months to Dec. 31. That compares with 566.4 million riyals in the fourth quarter of 2015.   For the year ending December 31, 2016, Bahri has reported a net profit of SR1.76 billion ($469.3 million).  The company registered net revenue of SR6.78 billion ($1.8 billion), and earnings per share (EPS) of SR4


Baltic Index Rises to Over 4-month High

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, closed at its highest level in more than four months, helped by stronger rates across all vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


VLCC Rates to Remain Weak on Output, Tonnage Woes

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to a near six-month low on Thursday, will remain weak until the Asian refinery maintenance season gets completed, starting April-end.   "I haven't seen a collapse in rates like this for some time


Baltic Index Inches Up on Firmer Panamax Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged up on Thursday as panamax rates increased. The overall index, which also factors in rates for capesize, supramax and handysize vessels, closed up 6 points, or 0.5 percent, at 1,196 points


Falling Capesize Rates Weigh on Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday on weaker rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 10 points, or 0


Baltic Index Snaps 14-day Winning Streak

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, snapped a 14-session winning streak on Tuesday as rates for larger vessels fell. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Robust Capesize Vessel Rates Buoy Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for the 14th straight session on Monday as capesize rates strengthened. The overall index, which also factors in rates for panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, climbed 9 points


Is Dry Bulk Still on Track for Profitability in 2019?

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The dry bulk industry remains well on target for profitable freight rates in 2019, according to BIMCO. This relies however, on the projected fleet supply growth rate of 0 percent in 2017 continuing. The handymax segment may even see profits in 2018 as demand may go beyond 2 percent in 2017 before


Asia Tankers-VLCC Weighed by Excess Tonnage

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MidEast, West Africa rates diverge; oil output curbs in Iraq and West Africa could weigh on tanker market.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure with hire rates from the Middle East to Asia tracking lower in the face of excess tonnage in


Baltic Index Up for 10th Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for a tenth straight session on Tuesday, helped by higher rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which also factors in rates for panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Baltic Index Up for Ninth Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for a ninth straight session on Monday, helped by stronger capesize rates. The overall index, which also factors in rates for panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb Again

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Number of spot capesize cargoes double from January levels; Pacific capesize earnings now around $14,000 per day.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-month highs this week, are set to jump further next week on tight tonnage supply and


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Falling as Tonnage Outweighs Demand

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to five-month lows this week, are set to drop further as excess tonnage and an absence of port congestion weigh on the market, brokers said.   Supertanker charter rates, which are already below the breakeven levels for ship


Spot Freight Rates Soar from North Europe to Asia

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 Spot container freight rates from North Europe to China increased by 45 percent this week, reaching a four-year high.   The “World Container Index assessed by Drewry” market reading on the route from Rotterdam to Shanghai jumped to $1,076 per 40ft dry container today


Baltic Index Boosted by Stronger Capesize Rates

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


Baltic Index Ends Higher for 6th Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, ended higher for its sixth straight session on Wednesday, boosted by stronger rates across all vessel segments.   The overall index, which also factors in rates for panamax






 
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