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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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


Diana Shipping Time Charter Contracts

Diana Shipping Inc. (NYSE:DSX), a global shipping company specializing in the transportation of dry bulk cargoes, announced that it has entered into a time charter contract with Louis Dreyfus Commodities Suisse S.A., for one of its Panamax dry bulk carriers, the m/v Nirefs, at a gross charter rate of $21,000 per day for a period of about 23 to about 25 months. The charter is expected to commence in the middle of February 2010.


Diana Shipping Announces New Loan Terms and Time Charter

Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Signing and Drawdown of a US$18 Million Term Loan Facility With Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Announces Time Charter Contract for m/v Crystalia With Glencore. Diana Shipping has announced that it has completed a drawdown of US$18 million, through two separate wholly-owned subsidiaries, under a term loan facility it has signed for up to US$18 million with Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Scorpio Tankers' Latest Sale & Purchase Deals

Scorpio tanker: Photo courtesy of the owners

Scorpio Tankers says it recorded a gain of US$51-million from the sale of the 7 VLCC newbuilding contracts announced earlier. In March 2014, the Company received the proceeds from the sale of the seven VLCC newbuilding contracts and recorded a gain of $51 million in the first quarter of 2014


McQuilling Services Industry's Spot Market Review for First Quarter

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 There’s no denying that the wave owners rode into 2014 on was a welcome way to start the new year (at least from their perspective).  Earnings in the large crude tanker segment reached levels that hadn’t been obtained in three years and in the smaller dirty segment


Baltic Sea Freight Index down on Weak Capesize Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, dropped for a 14th straight session on Friday, driven mainly by falling capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Falling Vessel Rates Keep Baltic Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday for a 13th straight session as vessel rates continued to soften. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down Again

The Baltic Exchange main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Wednesday for a 12th straight session on weak rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


NewLead to Acquire Two Panamax Dry Bulk Vessels

NewLead Holdings Ltd announced today that it has previously signed a term sheet with a leading financial institution to provide 75% debt financing for two second-hand Panamax vessels for a total of $35 million. The two vessels are expected to be delivered to NewLead's fleet within the next three


Miami's Port to Issue Bond to Pay Debt, Fund Tunnel Project

The port of Miami's total debt is set to pass $1 billion after Miami-Dade County commissioners approved a $225 million bond offering on Tuesday to meet existing lending agreements and pay the balance on a nearly finished underground tunnel connecting the island-port to nearby highways.


Editor's Note

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Even if, as Marcon International’s Bob Beagle says, barges are the workhorses of the towing industry, then the pushboats that propel the 38,000 (documented and undocumented) deck, hopper, tank, crane and miscellaneous purpose barges to their destinations are the heart and soul of the most


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down, Capesize Rates Slump

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an 11th straight session on Tuesday, mainly driven by a heavy drop in capesize vessel rates. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Falling Vessel Rates Pull Down Baltic Sea Freight Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a tenth straight session on Monday as vessel rates continued to fall. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Sea Freight Index Down

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for a ninth straight session on Friday on lower vessel activity. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize, panamax


Baltic Freight Index Down, Capesize, Panamax Rates Fall

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for an eighth consecutive session on Thursday as rates for capesize and panamax vessels continued lower. The overall index, which factors in the average daily earnings of capesize


Shipbuilding Market Prospects: COSCO Leader Shares Insights

Captain Wu Zi Heng: Photo courtesy of COSCO

COSCO Vice-Chairman & President, Captain Wu Zi Heng responded in a question and answer session about his views on the future of the shipping market in an interview incorporated in the company's recent 2013 Annual Report. Excerpts as follows:


Scorpio Bulkers Continue to Think Big with New Orders, Charters

Photo courtesy of Scorpio Bulkers

Monaco-based Scorpio Bulkers Inc. says it has signed agreements to purchase 5 Capesize dry bulkships from South Korea shipyards for a total of US $306 million, and has entered into charter party contracts as set out below: Newbuildings Yard         &n


CMB 2013 Results Positive, but Weaker than 2012

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During its meeting of March 25, 2014, Belgian shipping company CMB’s board of directors approved the final annual accounts as per December 31, 2013. The consolidated result for 2013 amounts to $49,694,000, compared to $133,954,000 in 2012.


 
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