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Ship Operators Climb Aboard Higher Dry-bulk Rates

Charter rates for capesizes have risen 50 percent from lows in mid-September. Rates have risen because of increasing demand as well as customers having to pay more to persuade shipowners to take their vessels out of lay-up, reports Bloomberg. The Baltic Dry Index (BDIY), a benchmark for global commodity- shipping rates, rose 3.2 percent in London yesterday. It has jumped 37 percent since Sept. 12, when it reached a seven-month low. Source: Bloomberg  

Asia-Europe Box Rates Soar Again

A Maersk containership alongside loading (file image: courtesy Maersk)

Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe jumped 29 percent to $763 per 20-foot container (TEU) this week data from the Shanghai Shipping Exchange showed. It was the second consecutive week with rises of more than 25 percent for spot rates on the world's busiest route but with a combined increase of $294 it is far from the earlier announced hike by all major container shipping companies of $1,000.

Rates Rise Amid Increased Activity, Lack Of Vessels

Mideast-Asia VLCC and Mediterranean Suezmax crude tanker rates have risen due to increased activity and a lack of vessels, shipping brokers said Sept. 29. VLCC rates to Japan from the Middle East lifted to W52.5 and were heading for W55, from around W47.5 last week, brokers said as cargoes finally came on the market. Other destinations were also lifted with brokers saying W50-52.5 might be reached for Singapore and China and W52.5 for Korea for modern vessels.

Suezmax Rates Set To Soar

Surging Suezmax tanker rates are set to soar if Iraqi exports come back on stream next week, shipping brokers said on Wednesday. Rates for the one million barrel tankers have lifted to around 100 Worldscale points on fixtures from West Africa and the North Sea to the U.S., and on cross Mediterranean and North Sea routes, brokers said. "Suezmax rates are going to sky rocket if Iraqi exports come back next week," one broker said.

Betting Big LNG Rates Will Rise

Gas is big and growing, as rates for LNG hauling tanker rise for a third year, fueled in part by demand from Japan. According to a Bloomberg report, rising Japanese demand means that Golar LNG Ltd., which operates nine LNG tankers and is controlled by John Fredriksen, will report a threefold gain in 2012 net income, according to the mean of 11 analyst estimates in a Bloomberg survey. Golar is reactivating four-decade-old mothballed ships after rates doubled in 2011 and are forecast by

TEN Charters up to Two Suezmax Shuttle Tankers

Tanker spot rates rise as oil price drops Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd., a crude, product and LNG tanker operator, reached an agreement for a long-term time charter to a national oil company of a new DP2 suezmax shuttle tanker for delivery in the first quarter of 2017, with an option for a second vessel. This project will make a positive contribution to TEN’s bottom line. Shuttle tankers are a highly specialized sector

MarAd: Cruise Occupancy Rates Rise

During the second quarter of 2006, occupancy rates on North American cruises rose to 112 percent, the highest second quarter occupancy over the last 4 years, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration report, “North American Cruises” (Table 1).[1] The report found that 15.7 million passenger nights were booked on North American cruises, up 2 percent from the same period a year earlier. About 2

MOL Warns Large Net Loss in 2012

Mitsui OSK Lines' financial statement for Q3, December 31, 2012, underlines a stagnant shipping market. Excerpts from the statement follow: Looking at the maritime shipping market conditions, in the dry bulker market, conditions for all vessel types continued to stagnate because the number of new vessel deliveries was consistently high from the start of 2012, preventing further improvements in the balance of supply and demand.

Drewry: Container Shipping Rates Have Bottomed Out, Forecast to Rise

(Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Container freight rates are forecast to rise modestly over the next 18 months from the all-time lows reached recently, but this will not be sufficient to rescue the industry from substantial losses in 2016, according to the latest Container Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Liner shipping has had a torrid time so far in 2016 with spot freight rate volatility reaching unprecedented levels, while unit industry income has fallen to record lows

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Remain Steady

File Image (Credit BSM)

Owners seeking to push rates higher, close to year-long highs; dry bulk sector to see greater consolidation - BIMCO. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to remain steady next week even as owners try to push rates up close to year-highs, ship brokers said. That came as charter rates stayed firm despite China's week-long National Day holiday which ends at the weekend.

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Soar on West Africa, MidEast Liftings

File Image: A EuroNav VLCC (credit: EuroNav)

VLCC earnings double in a week. End of force majeure in Nigeria buoys cargo volumes. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to rise further next week, fuelled by a raft of cargoes from West Africa and the Middle East amid tight tonnage supply, ship brokers said on Friday

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could slide as Tonnage Outweighs Demand

A typical Capesize Bulker (credit: BSM)

Many vessels available for charter put pressure on freight rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to slide next week as the number of ships available for charter outpaced cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday.

VLCC Rates to Hold Firm as Owners Await MidEast Cargoes

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which rose to multi-month highs this week, are likely to hold firm as owners tread water before the release of further Middle-East and West Africa cargoes, ship brokers said on Friday.  

Panamax Containerships: Is the Battle Now Lost?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the containership market today, Panamax sector, the charter rates rest at rock-bottom rates and the fleet is in steady and perhaps terminal decline, with scrapping at record levels. Is the battle now lost? A report by Clarksons Research.  

Brokers Optimistic on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

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More activity from Australian miners buoy capesize rates; dry cargo market remains over-tonnaged as fleet growth outpaces demand. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes should stay largely unchanged next week on static cargo volumes though shipowners remain

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Steady as Suezmax Fixtures Weigh

Charterers splitting VLCC cargoes into smaller Suezmax tankers; rates to remain around $24,000 per day, below break-even levels. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on main routes to Asia are set to hold around current levels next week

Tanker Outlook Dented by Middle East Refineries

Refinery throughput growth by region (000 bpd) (Source: Drewry’s Tanker Forecaster report)

A steep rise in refinery capacity in the Middle East, the world’s crude oil production hub, will diminish oil trade growth and with it prospects for tanker shipping, according to the latest edition of the Tanker Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. 

Damen Bags Jack-up Pontoon Contract

Contract signing Clive Frost and Pascal Slingerland Photo Damen

Damen Shipyards Sharjah (DSS) in the United Arab Emirates has won a contract to build a shallow draught, self-propelled Jack-up Pontoon 3526 for the UAE-based contractor Aqua Diving Services Ltd. Once delivered, it will be used primarily to deliver offshore support services

Asia’s Biggest Container Shipper Posts Loss

Photo: China COSCO Holdings Company Limted

 Asia’s largest container shipping company China Cosco Holdings Co  posted a net loss of Yuan7.2bn ($1.1bn) for the first six months of 2016, reversing the Yuan2bn net profit seen during the same period last year as excess capacity dragged down cargo rates.  

More Hanjin Ships Seized, Box Rates Surge & Shippers Fret

About 10 Hanjin vessels effectively seized at China ports; Court says plans to start rehabilitations proceedings soon. Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd vessels have been seized at Chinese ports in the wake of the South Korean firm's collapse, further roiling the industry as freight rates jump and

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier commly used in the South America-to-Far East trades (credit: Vale)

Holidays in Asia likely to dampen chartering activity; Outlook still "slightly positive" for fourth quarter. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could hold steady around current levels next week in a quiet market, ship brokers said on Thursday.

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb on More MidEast, West Africa Liftings

File Image (Credit: EuroNav)

VLCC rates from MidEast have reached a floor at W33; surging Suezmax rates could make VLCCs more attractive. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to climb next week as charterers ramp up tanker fixing activity from the Middle East while increased oil volumes from West

Oil up 2%

Oil prices were up as much as 2 percent on Wednesday after a third surprise weekly drop in U.S. crude stockpiles helped assuage fears over a global oil glut.   Oil was also supported by an industry strike in Norway that threatened to cut North Sea crude output and a weaker dollar ahead of a

VLCC Rates Under Pressure in Oversupplied Market

A EuroNav VLCC Underway (file image, Credit EuroNav)

Owners face difficulty raising rates due to discounted ships. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure next week as charterers drip-feed cargo in the face of surplus tonnage, shipbrokers said.

VGM Grace Period Ends October 1

File photo: Port of Savannah

The three-month settling-in period suggested by the IMO to its Member States in which competent authorities were urged to adopt a ‘practical and pragmatic’ approach to the enforcement of the SOLAS revision stipulating all packed containers have a verified gross mass (VGM) before being

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