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Dry Cargo Rates Continue Rise In Quiet Market

Dry cargo rates continued to rise on Tuesday, but the market was quiet following Monday's Labor Day holiday in the U.S., brokers said. Cargill chartered the Ken Pan built in 1984 to ship 31,000 tons of maize from Durban to Japan 10/20 September at $22.75. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) rose five points to 1,671, the Baltic Panamax Index four points to 1,616, the Baltic Handy Index six points to 1,169 and the Baltic Capesize Index by seven points to 2,239.


Panamax Rates Continue Steady Climb

Panamax freight rates continued to climb steadily higher as fresh cargoes supported the sector. The Panamax market started the week relatively quietly, due in part to the Presidents Day holiday in the U.S. on Monday, but market sentiment remained buoyant. With the Baltic Panamax Index providing daily reassurance that all Panamax routes are on the rise, an average increase of the four Panamax timecharter routes by around $150 daily added to the positive tone


Panamax Freights Rise, Pacific Rates Hold

Panamax freight orders picked up for Atlantic tonnage on Tuesday while Pacific rates continued to hold strong, shipbrokers said. In the short-period market, the 75,000 dwt newbuilding APJ Jit was chartered for June 20-25 South Korea delivery, booked for 3-5 months trading at a rate of $9,750 daily, they said. Brokers reported the chartering of North Friendship, a 1999-built 74,732 dwt panamax, was chartered for end-June U.S. Gulf delivery


Tanker Rates Continue To Soar

Modern vessel shortages in the North Sea are pushing Aframax and Suezmax tanker rates to year high levels. Rates for Aframax 80,000 ton vessels have repeated the year-high of W217.5($8.00 per ton) for late month U.K./Continent liftings, but brokers said June business was now played out. One million barrel Suezmax tankers were benefiting strongly from bouyant North Sea markets with transatlantic rates climbing steeply to W165-W180


Carriers Need to Act Now to Combat Recession

Drewry Shipping Consultants, maritime consultants, in a new report “Capacity Management – surviving the container crisis,” concludes that Carriers need to act now to combat the global recession. While the past six months have seen a huge amount of capacity changes in the industry, freight rates continue to plummet while the industry shirks the painful decisions that are needed to ensure their collective survival.


Container Shipping Rates Continue to Plummet

Market average for 20ft container from Shanghai to Rotterdam (Photo: Xeneta)

Due to overcapacity & economic turmoil in the market, the market index for 40ft containers has taken a massive dip, 44% from May 2012. Xeneta, the price comparison service for sea freight, found that the average container freight rates from Asia to North-Europe continues to drop to $2,564 per 40-foot container and $1,341 per 20-foot. Due to overcapacity and various economic turmoil in the market, the market index for 40-foot has taken a massive dip with it being down 44 percent from May


Capesize Momentum Likely To Continue Through End Of Year

The momentum in the Capesize shipping markets is likely to continue across the next month, shipping brokers said. However, continued rate strength in the New Year will depend on sentiment concerning Bocimar's intentions for the vessels it has on short term charters coming up for renegotiation from February. Current optimism in rates being maintained is based on recent timecharter fixtures of $20,500 a day for a modern bulk carrier East and $17,600 on a return trip to Europe, a broker said


Container Shipping Rates Continue to Fall in June

xeneta container charts web.jpg

The market index for Asia to North-Europe is still on the decline, and the average for a 20-foot saw a 19% drop since May 26 compared to the June 26 price comparison service for sea freight, Xeneta reported. The market average for a 40-foot in Asia to North Europe performed similar with a 20% decline in container shipping rates in the same period. The rate pressure is higher than ever with the announced general rate increase on July 1


Seadrill CFO: Offshore oil rig rates to fall further

Offshore drilling rig rates will continue to fall in the coming period and the rate spread between old and new equipment will continue to widen, Rune Lundetrae, the chief financial officer of offshore driller Seadrill said on Tuesday. "I think we will see day rates also for new equipment coming down in this market," Lundetrae said. "No one is immune. I'm feeling relatively good about this market. But there is headwind and we all have to take that in."


‘Excellent’ rating for UK War Risks

Excellent Rating for UK War Risks

  The UK War Risks Club announced the affirmation of its A- ‘Excellent’ financial strength rating with a ‘Stable’ outlook from the insurance rating agency AM Best. AM Best’s rating reflects the Club’s “excellent risk-adjusted capitalisation, track record of good operating performance and its established business profile as a specialist underwriter of war risk insurance for ships.”


SFL Announces Sale of Three Older VLCCs

Front Opalia (Photo courtesy of SFL)

Ship Finance International Limited (SFL) announced that it has agreed to sell the 1999 built VLCCs Front Opalia, Front Comanche and Front Commerce to an unrelated third party. The company has simultaneously agreed to terminate the corresponding charter parties with a subsidiary of Frontline Ltd


Cat Financial Announces Second-Quarter 2014 Results

CAT Brand

  Cat Financial reported second-quarter 2014 revenues of $728 million, an increase of $34 million, or 5 percent, compared with the second quarter of 2013. Second-quarter 2014 profit after tax was $146 million, a $35 million, or 32 percent, increase from the second quarter of 2013.


Asia VLCC Rates Could Nudge Higher on Activity

Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian freight routes could hold steady or gain next week as charterers seek to complete their vessel chartering programme for the first 20 days of August, brokers said on Friday. The pause would come after charter rates from the Middle East to


Danaos Corporation 2Q and 1H 2014 Results

Danaos Corporation

  Danaos Corporation ("Danaos") (NYSE: DAC), a leading international owner of containerships, today reported unaudited results for the period ended June 30, 2014. Highlights for the Second Quarter and Half Year Ended June 30, 2014:


Med Tanker Market Pins Freight Rate Hopes on Libya Oil Export Push

Rising oil exports from Libya after months of disruption helped push Mediterranean tanker rates to the highest levels in nearly six months on Wednesday, and shipping players expected more gains in earnings as shipments from the OPEC member step up.


Trans-pacific Container Shipping Group Aims for Rise in Rates

Photo: CMA CGM

Container shipping companies were urged to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) with effect from Aug. 1, their organisation TSA said on Wednesday. Members of the TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) include 15 of the world's biggest container shipping


Argentine Grains Workers Threaten to Extend Strike

Grains inspectors who began a strike on Wednesday in Argentina's pivotal Rosario export hub will extend it for a second day if there is no progress on their demand for higher salaries, a senior union official said. Other unions are also threatening labor actions


Panama Canal Expansion: Unintended Consequences

Lock gate Panama delivery: Photo courtesy of APC

While airports, ports and GARVEEs are holding steady, according to several new Fitch Ratings reports, increasingly, state and local governments are realizing the benefits of risk transfer, cost certainty and asset preservation through public-private partnerships (P3).


Asia-Pacific Container Shipping Rate Hike on the Cards

Container ship: Photo APL

Container shipping companies were urged to raise Asia-U.S. freight rates by at least $600 per 40-foot container (FEU) with effect from Aug. 1, their organisation TSA said on Wednesday. Members of the TSA (Transpacific Stabilization Agreement) include 15 of the world's biggest container shipping


UK Club Rating Upgraded by S&P to A (Stable)

Financial rating image credit UK Club

Leading P&I club, the UK Club informs it has received the full report from Standard and Poor (“S&P”) explaining its reasons for upgrading the Club's financial rating. Extracts follow: The report explains that, in assessing the Club’s business and financial risk profiles


Asia-Europe Container Shipping Rate Falls 5.5%

Container ships bow: Photo courtesy of APL

Reportedly, shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 5.5 percent to $1,230 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.


Maersk Aims to Raise Aisia-Europe Freight Rates

Photo: Maersk

The world's biggest container shipping company Maersk Line, a unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, said it planned to raise freight rates on routes from Asia to northern Europe by $450 per 20-foot container (TEU). The new rates will take effect from Aug. 1, the company told Reuters in an email on Friday


Germany as a Maritime Location Endangered: VDR

Reighstag: File photo

Germany, which currently is home to the world’s biggest container vessel fleet, will in future have fewer small shipping firms as European banks avoid the industry and American and Asian financiers focus on bigger peers, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) cited by


Eastern to Build Offshore Vessel for Harvey Gulf

Image: Eastern Shipbuilding

Eastern Shipbuilding announced that on, Wednesday July 16, 2014, Harvey Gulf International Marine, Inc. (HGIM) and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) entered into a contract to construct a new Robert Allan, LTD. (RAL) RAmpage 6400 Multipurpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV) at Eastern’s


Costa Concordia: Operations to Tow the Wreck Begin

Costa after righting: Photo courtesy of the salvors

Maneouvres began early on Wednesday to remove the rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise liner from the Italian island where it struck rocks and capsized two years ago, killing 32 people. A convoy of 14 vessels, led by the tug boat Blizzard






 
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