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Rates Steady Despite Strong VLCC Demand Strong demand for VLCC tankers in the Middle East failed to create a massive breakout in rates, but owners were happy as bunker fuel prices continued to fall, brokers said early last week. Expectations that a lack of modern tonnage would hike rates for mid-April oil major-approved vessels failed to come true. An Exxon cargo for Singapore lifting from three Mideast ports finally got done at the going rate of W77.5 (about $5.00 per ton) after early week offers of W100 had excited dreams W87.5 ($5.50) could be achieved. Other eastern rates held ground or crept up with the average for Japan W77.5 ($8.50 per ton) and W75 ($7.00) for South Korea. Western prices also inched up to around W65 ($11.25 per ton) for the U.S. Gulf while Red Sea fixtures achieved W72.5-75. Falling bunker prices - now around $25 a ton down on last week at $150 in Fujairah - meant owners returns improved though, brokers said. Eyes were now turned towards the outcome of OPEC's meeting in Vienna on relaxing oil output restraints. Brokers forecast that increased exports would cause VLCC rates to climb in April. One broker's analyst saw W82.5 ($9.00 per ton) to Japan before rates eased off again toward the summer to around W60-65 ($6.50-7.00). However, another forecast the opposite - saying that demand for restocking would not come through until oil prices dropped


Panamax Rates Hold Steady

Freight rates in the Atlantic Panamax sector held steady on Wednesday amid signs that recent rises may be stalling, brokers said. "The Atlantic is holding up well, but the question is not whether the Panamax market will rally further, but when the Atlantic will come off," one said. Until then, Atlantic and Pacific Panamax rates were expected to remain steady. Signs that the market was reaching its pinnacle were heralded by the Baltic Panamax Index (BPI) on Monday


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


Seaport Real Estate Continues to Outperform Overall Industrial Market

Jones Lang LaSalle’s Port Index reveals stellar year for port property Jones Lang LaSalle’s third annual Port, Airport and Global Infrastructure (PAGI) report published today, reveals that even amid economic volatility, real estate in the markets surrounding the country’s seaports is leading the U.S. industrial real estate recovery. Overall vacancy rates for seaports have dropped from last year by 1.4 percent to 8.5 percent, outperforming the 9


Analyst Cuts Oil Tankers

According to an analyst speaking with the Associated Press for a Feb. 9 report, a flood of new crude oil tankers being delivered this year will bring down vessel rates in the spot market and he has cut his ratings on two companies. Jefferies & Co. analyst Douglas Mavrinac downgraded Overseas Shipholding Group to "Underperform" from "Hold" and lowered Teekay Corp. to "Hold" from "Buy


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Expected to Soften

File image (Suez Canal Authority)

MidEast rates slip from two-week high on June 28; raft of new ships and repaired vessels weigh on rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) will continue to soften next week as ample tonnage supply weighs on the market, although a raft of Middle East fixtures are expected to put a floor under charter rates, ship brokers said on Friday. That came as VLCC rates from the Middle East rose to a two-week high on June 28 before slipping slightly


Baltic Index Flat, Rates for Bigger Vessels Rise

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained unchanged on Thursday, even as rates for capesize and panamax vessels rose. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was flat at 579 points. The capesize index rose 11 points to 724 points. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150,000-tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal


BW Group's 1H Performance Better than Expected

Moody's Investors Service says that operating results of BW Group (Ba2 negative) in 1H 2012 were better than expected, largely because of the higher charter rates achieved by the company for its vessels. "We had expected BW Group's performance to weaken, as many of its vessels were coming off profitable time-charters in 1H and it was increasingly exposed to deteriorating spot-market rates. However, spot rates, especially in the gas carrier segments, either held up or improved


Hapag-Lloyd In 2011 First Quarter

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In the traditionally weak first quarter Hapag-Lloyd managed to boost revenues by comparison with the same period of the previous year by 16.5 percent to 1.483 million euros. The main reason for this achievement was a ten percent rise to 1,563 USD/TEU in the average freight rate. Transport volume was two percent up on the 2010 first quarter at 1.2 million TEU. Active yield management enabled Hapag-Lloyd to concentrate successfully on profitable cargo


VLCCs Wait For Iraqi Oil, Suezmaxes Poised For Flurry

The expected return of Iraqi oil dominated the 250,000 ton tanker market in the Middle East toward the end of the week, shipping brokers said on Dec. 10. But rates were unlikely to move drastically as there were plenty of VLCCs waiting in the Middle East to find cargoes, they said. However, Mediterranean million barrel Suezmax tankers were likely to be in strong demand once it was known when Iraqi exports could restart from the Turkish port of Ceyhan.


Iraq Oil Exports Steady Despite Start of OPEC Cut

Oil exports from Iraq's southern ports in the first nine days of January have held steady at December's record high, according to loading data and an industry source, despite the start of an OPEC agreement to cut production.   Shipments so far this month have averaged above 3


New Deck Lifter Helps Reduce Cargo Hold Waste

Photo: TTS Marine AB

A patent pending movable deck lifter, TTS Intelligent Movable Deck Lifter (IMDL), developed by TTS aims to help reduce waste volumes onboard PCTC vessels (Pure Car Truck Carriers) due to new and improved technique.   A  traditional deck lifter has a centered contact point


Pirates Attack in Philippine south Leaves 8 Dead

Armed men killed eight fishermen in what appeared to be an attack by pirates in dangerous waters in the southern Philippines, a coast guard spokesman said on Tuesday.   The apparent act of piracy came as Philippine soldiers were given a six-month deadline to end Islamist militant threats


Spot box rates rise above 5-year average - Drewry

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Spot container freight rates on the major East-West routes reached a 20-month high this week and have risen above the average of the last 5 years. The latest weekly reading is $1,770/40ft container for the composite index, reflecting increases on individual lanes to $1


Spot Box Rates Rise Above 5-Year Average

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Spot container freight rates on the major East-West routes reached a 20-month high this week and have risen above the average of the last 5 years, said a report by Drewry.   The latest weekly reading is $1,770/40ft container for the composite index


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Firm as Weather Delays Weigh

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Brazil-China rates climb to a 15-month high; about 80 capesize, panamax ships waiting to unload around Tianjin.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to remain firm for at least two more weeks as bad weather conditions in China and Australia help


Multipurpose Shipping Freight Rates to Improve by End 2017

Graph:  Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 The multipurpose shipping market will see the first signs of recovery by the end of 2017, following in the steps of the dry bulk and container shipping markets, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Multipurpose Shipping Freight Rates Expected to Improve

Photo: Drewry Maritime Research

The multipurpose shipping market will see the first signs of recovery by the end of 2017, following in the steps of the dry bulk and container shipping markets, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Russia Plans Maritime Drills with Philippines

Russian Federation Navy Ship Admiral Tributs. File photo: Indian Navy

 Russia sent its anti-submarine destroyer and a replenishment oiler to the Philippines in a bid to hold maritime exercises with the latter, according to various media reports.   The two ships — Admiral Tributs, an anti-submarine vessel


GulfNav, SeaQuest Tie Up in Ship Management

Photo: Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC

 Dubai-based Gulf Ship Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gulf Navigation Holding, announced on Tuesday a recent tie up with Switzerland’s SeaQuest Group to set up a ship management joint venture and expand operations in the region.  


FESCO Fleet Adds New Ice-class Container Vessel

Photo:  Far Eastern Shipping Company

 The container vessel “FESCO Nagaevo” with deadweight of 5 215 tons joined the fleet of FESCO Transportation Group. The vessel will operate under the Russian flag, the port of registry is Vladivostok.   The vessel’s full capacity is 508 TEU


Fincantieri the Sole Bidder for STX France

Italian shipbuilding and construction group Fincantieri SpA is the only bidder for shipping group STX France, a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.   The sale of STX France, which specialises in building cruise ships in the western France city of Saint-Nazaire and is profitable


Wilhelmsen, Wallenius One Step Closer to Merger

Thomas Wilhelmsen, group CEO Photo Wilhelmsen

Wilhelmsen and Wallenius have signed an agreement leading to a new ownership structure for their jointly owned investments in Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, EUKOR Car Carriers and American Roll on Roll off Carrier. Signing the transaction agreement is an important milestone in the merger as


Freight Rates Jump after Hanjin Collapse

Photo: Hanjin Shpiping Co

 The cost of transporting containers from ports now shows signs of recovery after the fall of Hanjin Shpiping Co after a period of down play, says a report in Business Korea.   It appears that the strategy of Maersk Line, the world’s largest shipping group which cuts down


Vessel Earnings and Global Fleet Trends

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 Clarkson Research Services says market conditions across most sectors of the shipping industry have been highly challenging in 2016.   The ClarkSea Index, which illustrates the fortunes of earnings for the major commercial ship types makes fairly clear the fate of the volume shipping






 
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