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SS&Y Pacific Capesize Index Plummets 243 Points Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 243 points to 5,259 in the week ending May 8. "The Pacific Capesize index fell after the holidays in the Far East, with early vessels becoming the victims of a lack of inquiry," SS&Y said. "A $1 fall on the Queensland/Rotterdam route (120/150,000 ton cargo) was certainly not going to help the index, which witnessed its first serious decline since January," SS&Y added. SS&Y Atlantic Capesize Index Drops 131 Points Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index fell 131 points to 4,786 in the week ending May 8. "The Atlantic Capesize index dived on the back of weaker demand, which softened rates for early tonnage. However, iron ore demand in the Atlantic remained steady and limited the fall in rates to more moderate levels," SS&Y said. "There seems no real major cause for concern as the weakening was in line with the usual post-holiday malaise, and demand should begin to pick up in the near future," SS&Y said.


SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index Rises 912 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 912 points in the week ending Monday to 4,199. Problems with a dedicated vessel loading at Richards Bay for South Korea, along with increased Japanese activity, produced a firmer Pacific market, which saw a strong gain in the Pacific index, SS&Y officials reported, adding that several of the index's component routes firmed to over $2 a ton.


SS&Y Capesize Indices Mixed

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 16 points to 4,444 in the week ending Dec. 13. "Rates in the Pacific have remained on or around previous levels despite increased tonnage availability and light fixing in the region," SS&Y reported. SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 146 points to 4,571 in the same week. "Despite limited activity, tight Atlantic tonnage lifted trans-Atlantic rates accordingly," SS&Y reported


SS&Y Capesize Indices Fall

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 152 points to 4,194 in the week ending Nov. 1. "The index fell as only Chinese cargoes remained very active, with brokers indicating that trans-Pacific rates for west Australia/China had held up to the softening trend," SS&Y reported. SS&Y 's Atlantic Capesize Index fell 242 points to 4,218. "A lack of early cargo and the standard 161,000 dwt Hyundai vessel fixing in the high teens rather that the low twenties last week led


SS&Y Capesize Indices Both Rise

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 76 points in the week ending Monday to 5,060. "The index rose back above the psychological 5,000 barrier despite a relatively quiet week," SS&Y said. "Japanese steel production was down on last month's highs but still remains a force to be reckoned with and South Africa is drawing tonnage away from the Pacific, giving further cause for optimism amongst owners


SSY Indicies Rise

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 97 points in the week ending Monday to 5,572. Its Atlantic Capesize Index rose 59 points in the week ending Monday to 5,759. "Backhaul rates strengthened amid a generally active market last week and expectations are that the market will firm further this week despite holidays in the Far East," SS&Y said in reference to the Pacific Index. "Richards Bay fixtures pointed the way forward for the Atlantic market last week


Panamax Market Should Enjoy Solid Week

Increased demand in the Atlantic is likely to keep Panamax trading into positive territory this week, shipbrokers said on Monday. They said Atlantic Capesize freight rates had risen in recent days, especially for Capesizes available for early loading positions and time-charters. Reports in the sector had suggested Belgium charterer Bocimar had time-chartered a number of Capesizes lately and freight rates had risen sharply on the back of anticipated demand in the area, shipbrokers said.


Big Ship Iron Ore Freight Rates Fall

Capesize Bulker: Image CCL

Capesize iron ore freight rates in the Pacific and Atlantic fell further Tuesday, driven by lower-priced fixtures out of South Africa in the absence of Brazilian and West Australian charterers, reports Platts. Platts say they assessed the Capesize iron ore freight rate at $15.50/wmt on the Saldanha Bay to Qingdao route Tuesday, down $1.50/wmt from the previous day.
 A Japanese shipowner estimated there were presently about 30 Capesize vessels chasing cargoes in the Pacific.


Capesize Rate Jump Driven By Japanese Steel Market

Booming Capesize rates have been driven by increased Japanese steel production more than they were by the August market raid by Belgium's Bocimar when it chartered about 35 ships, according to shipping sources. Capesize spot rates have doubled over the last three months with the market now looking for $15-16,000 for a Pacific round trip, compared with about $7,500 in August. Atlantic rates have also soared, although this is partly due to the grounding of the 274


Capesize Rates to Rise Much Higher this Year

According to Commodore Research & Consultancy, capesize rates ended last week at $15,561/day, which marked a week-on-week increase of $6,167 (66%). Capesize rates have been able to rise by such a large amount so quickly, as vessel availability in both the Atlantic basin and Pacific basin have become tighter. Going forward, demand for capesize vessels is poised to rise even further as both Australian and Brazilian iron ore production is set to rise much further through the end of the


G E Shipping Sells General Purpose Product Tanker

Great Eastern

The Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. (G E Shipping) has signed a contract to sell the 1991-built General Purpose Product Tanker Jag Prachi (28,610 dwt). The vessel will be delivered to buyers in September-October, 2014. The company’s current fleet stands at 30 vessels


Australian Forces in S. Pacific Disaster Relief Exercise

HMAS Labuan: Photo RAN

Almost 200 members of the Australian Navy, Army and Air Force are joining forces with personnel from across the region in a major humanitarian relief exercise in the South Pacific, says the Australia Defence Force (ADF). ExerciseCroix du Sud, which is French for “Southern Cross’


Polynesian Shipping Sold to Neptune Pacific Line

Neptune Pacific Line buys Polynesian Shipping

  The Board of Polynesian Shipping Line Limited, Apia informed   that the business and the Company’s associated investments have been sold to Neptune Pacific Line Limited. The sale is as a going concern and will continue to provide services in the Australian and New Zealand trades


Clarksons Appoint New Prospective Chairman

James Hughes-Hallet: Photo HSBC

Leading shipping services group, Clarkson PLC, says that James Hughes-Hallett will join the Board as a Non-Executive Director with immediate effect and will take over as Chairman from 1 January 2015 when Bob Benton will retire from the Board.


First Container Ship Call at Duke Point Terminal, Nanaimo

MV Westwood Pacific loading: Photo NPA

The arrival of the 'M/V Westwood Pacific' at the Nanaimo Port Authority’s Duke Point terminal marks the first such berthing at the Port’s facilities and will provide a direct link to Asia. Westwood Shipping Lines operate a dedicated break bulk and container service to Asia and have


Star Bulk to Acquire 34 Drybulk Vessels

Photo: Star Bulk

Star Bulk entered into a definitive agreement with Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd., and as a result, will acquire 34 drybulk vessels for an aggregate of 29.917 million shares of common stock of Star Bulk and $288.39 million in cash. Star Bulk Carriers Corp


Solomon Islands Capital Needs to relocate to Combat Tsunami

Solomon Island

BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of the BMT Group, a leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has partnered with Buckley Vann town planners and the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland to develop a comprehensive climate change adaptation


BIMCO: Bulk Market Awaits Freight Rates Lift

Photo courtesy of BIMCO

Dry Bulk Shipping: All eyes on Brazilian iron ore exports, as we await the long-anticipated lift in freight rates. Demand The freight market, which performed so well in Q1, has certainly not delivered in the past four months. BDI has dropped from 1,621 on March 20 to hit 747 on July 29


Weak Drybulk Market Hurts VLCCF Results

Highlights Knightsbridge reports net income of $6.3 million and earnings per share of $0.14 for the second quarter of 2014. Knightsbridge reports EBITDA of $10.5 million and EBITDA per share of $0.24 for the second quarter of 2014.


Google Consortium to Lay 'FASTER' Trans-Pacific Cable

FASTER Cable run route: Image NEC

Google and five other large companies team up to build a cable under the Pacific Ocean that will deliver incredibly fast internet speeds informs system supplier NEC Corporation. A consortium of six global companies have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable


Married Couple Set Mid-Pacific Rowing Speed Record

The rowers: Photo courtesy of FatChanceRow

Meredith Loring and Sami Inkinen, a married couple based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, began their unsupported rowing expedition on June 18, 2014, out of Monterey Harbor, rowing more than 60 miles a day to cover their 2,800-mile Pacific crossing to Honolulu in 45 days and four hours.


Pacific Rubiales Seeks to Sell Colombian Crude

Canada-listed oil firm Pacific Rubiales launched a tender to sell two cargoes of Colombian Castilla crude and a cargo of Vasconia crude for delivery during September at Covenas port, according to an invitation seen by Reuters on Monday. The first cargo containing 1 million barrels of Castilla


Asia Dry Bulk Capesize Rates Stay Flat

Bulk carrier anon: File photo

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are set to remain in the doldrums next week, staying flat or gaining just a few cents as an oversupply of ships weighs on cargo availability, ship brokers said. But there could be brighter prospects in the coming weeks on rates for voyages from


ISC Profit Slip in Q2 2014 but Pay Dividend

Jones Act bulk carrier: Image courtesy of ISC

International Shipholding Corporation (ISC) has announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, summarized here: Net Loss he Company reported a net loss of $664,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2014. For the comparable three months ended June 30, 2013


Admiral on U.S. Navy & Asia Pacific Re-balancing Act

Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III: Photo USN

The commander of U.S. Pacific Command has briefed Pentagon reporters, discussing the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, successful engagement with partners there and conditions for continued stability and security, according to DoD News, Defense Media Activity, as excerpted here.






 
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