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Panamax Market Remains on Road to Recovery

The panamax market remained on track for a recovery from the recent slump, despite various public holidays, brokers said on Wednesday. Although South Korea, India and several European countries were absent from the grain market on Wednesday, brokers said that the outlook was positive. This was particularly true of the Atlantic panamax trades, where deals continued to be concluded off market at firmer levels, they said. Brokers cited Korea Line's booking of the 1984-built Ethnos for US Gulf delivery and Far Eastern redelivery, which bettered last-done levels. The fixture was done at $6,700 per day, up $400 daily from early week indications. But other London brokers played down the gains. "Panamax rates dropped so suddenly that there's a chance that this is just a reaction to the falls rather than an actual recovery," one said. Another doubted that the current lackluster demand would be enough to kick start the panamax recovery. Those brokers were also reluctant to be positive on the state of the Pacific panamax trades but they conceded that the dramatic slide in earnings had at least been arrested. "Nothing's happening on the rates side, but at least the market has stopped falling," one said.


Atlantic Panamax Rates Weaken

The buoyancy detected in the Atlantic Panamax market over the past two weeks has waned, brokers said. Fresh orders from the U.S. Gulf were described as light and the limited opportunities in the area could prompt Panamax owners to accept softer levels, they said. Restricted barge movement along the Mississippi was also said to be contributing to the situation, while a number of Far East participants had yet to return to business after the Lunar New Year holiday


S&P Lowers Pegasus Rating

Standard & Poor's lowered its corporate credit rating on Pegasus Shipping (Hellas) Ltd. (Pegasus) to triple-'C'-minus from single-'B'-minus. At the same time, Standard & Poor's lowered its foreign currency senior secured debt rating to triple-'C'-minus from single-'B'-minus. All ratings are placed on CreditWatch with negative implications. The rating actions reflect Pegasus' rapidly diminishing financial flexibility owing to weak market conditions


Panamax Rates Slip Slightly

Panamax freight rate ideas for the immediate future have slipped back slightly, shipbrokers said. Overall, Panamax freight rates in the Atlantic are seen as softer, while the Pacific market is deemed relatively steady. However, shipbrokers are eager to see some sign this week that the Panamax market will stabilize. The start of the week saw a three to five month period charter fixed at $11,000 daily for the 1990 built 68,789 dwt Antwerpia, but the latest booking, for the 1989 built 69


Capesize Values Drag but Earnings Set to Rebound

Dry bulk asset values dropped sharply in November and have reached 16-year lows, partly driven by very weak sentiment over the near-term future for vessel earnings, according to the latest Dry Bulk Freight Forecaster from shipping research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI).   However, despite a bearish forward view of dry bulk fundamentals, MSI is more positive than the freight futures market’s forward curve for Capesize and Supramax spot rates in Q2


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Likely to Remain Flat

File Image: a so-called ValeMax Bulk Carrier

Chinese iron ore and coal imports to fall in 2016 - Clarkson Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to stay flat as vessel volumes outpace cargo demand and the approaching Chinese New Year holiday further dampens chartering activity, ship brokers said on Thursday. There is little hope of any improvement in rates, which remain at near 16-1/2-year lows, even after the Chinese New Year holiday which starts on Feb. 7, brokers said.


Atlantic Panamax Earnings Plummet To New Lows

Average Atlantic panamax earnings sank to new lows on Monday, quashing hopes that the market had bottomed out, brokers said. "We've given up predicting when the market will stop falling," one Norwegian broker said. "It's not so much of a summer slowdown, (it is) more of a summer shutdown," he added. Brokers said that charterers' offered levels for transatlantic panamax round voyages had now fallen through the $7,000-a-day barrier.


Increased Panamax Rates Boost Market Sentiment

Higher panamax freight rates have boosted sentiment in the market amid hopes for further rates increases during the week, shipbrokers said on Monday. They gave as prime example the latest U.S. Gulf to Japan fixture at a rate of $23.25 per ton of heavy grain for mid-July loading dates, this compared with the present Baltic Panamax Index showing an average $22.86 per ton. Firmer fixtures had been also reported for both the Pacific and the Atlantic, brokers said.


TEN Takes Delivery of Latest Newbuilding

Tsakos Energy Navigation Limited (TEN) has taken delivery of the latest vessel in its newbuilding program from Imabari Shipyards in Japan. The Panamax Inca was delivered on March 20, and immediately entered into an accretive repositioning voyage with a major Far Eastern concern at $25,000 per day. The Inca is the second of four new fully coated panamaxes, and joins its sister ship, the Maya, which was received on January 24, 2003


Euroseas to Purchase Drybulk Carrier

Euroseas Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESEA) signed a memorandum of agreement to purchase a Panamax drybulk carrier of 74,020 dwt, built in 2000 in Japan, for approximately $27.5 million. The vessel comes with a time charter back to the seller until January 2010 at a gross daily rate of $25,200 per day and is expected to be delivered to the Company between July 1, 2009 and August 5, 2009. Following the delivery of the vessel, approximately 74% of Euroseas' total fleet days remaining in 2009 and approximately


Higher Panamax Rates Boost Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, gained on Tuesday as rates rose for panamax and smaller vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 7 points


Capesize Index Weakens

Photo:  Cambiaso & Risso

 Upward moves in the Capesize index are now starting to stall, according to Freight Investor Services (FIS). "Last week we witnessed some short covering in the market which was supported by the technical picture, and this appears to be now drawing to a close," says FIS.  


Shift in Shipping Market Direction

Graphs: Allied Shipbroking

It has been a year full of turmoil and poor market performance in the shipping markets, yet over the past couple of months both sentiment and real market direction has shifted and along with this so have asset prices of secondhand tonnage, says Allied Shipbroking Weekly Market Report.  


Capesize, Panamax Vessels Drag down Baltic Index

file image: a so-called ValeMax Bulk Carrier (Vale)

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


Demand, Bunker Pricing Spurs Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File Image: a bulk carrier underway (Credit: BSM)

Owners asking $1 per tonne more on Australia-China rates; Panamax rates climb to two-month high, but remain under pressure. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could continue to firm next week on higher cargo volumes and bunker prices


BIMCO: Containership Scrapping Heats Up

(Source: BIMCO)

  As the containershipping market continues to drift through a prolonged downturn premised on overcapacity a subdued world economy, BIMCO reports a glimmer of hope:  demolition of containerships almost tripled in the first five months of 2016 in comparison to the same period of 2015


Big News For Bigger Boxships

Graph: Clarksons Research

 With the locks at the Panama Canal up and running for commercial business, the focus falls on the containership sector, with the capability to allow the transit of larger boxships one of the key aims of the canal expansion project. Clarksons Research Analysis.  


Baltic Index Rises on Panamax Demand

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


Baltic Index Continues Rise on Stronger Panamax Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued its rise on Wednesday on higher demand for panamax vessels, partially offset by a fall in capesize demand.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Higher Panamax Demand Boosts Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday on increased demand for panamax vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up five points, or 0


Panama Canal Extension May Be Bad for Some Shippers

Photo: Panama Canal Authority

The newly inaugurated Panama Canal may not be as beneficial as it seems for container ship carriers, says Xeneta, a benchmarking and market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight.   Although the new sets of locks and deeper


Asia Dry Bulk Capesize Rates to Climb

File photo: Aurelie Moulin

Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could move higher next week on a potential ship shortage, higher cargo volumes and storms in China that could disrupt sailing schedules leading charterers to scramble to fix replacement tonnage, ship brokers said.  


Baltic Index Rises on Strong Demand for Panamax Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose further on Friday due to strong demand for panamax vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Baltic Index Rises on Higher Panamax Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose slightly on Monday on higher rates for panamax vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up one point


Selling Pmax Time Value To Buy Cape Volatility

Graph: Freight Investor Services (FIS)

 With implied volatility in the Capesize sector being historically higher than that of the Panamax, this note observes and highlights their behavioral patterns (via the spread) after an expiry, says Freight Investor Services.   Current Capesize Q4 implied volatility is at 103.7%






 
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