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Forwarders’ Volumes Continue to Fall

Following five consecutive monthly increases, the overall Stifel Logistics Confidence Index fell 1 index point to 51.5 in April. Despite the decline, the index remained above the significant 50 mark, denoting expansion, for the third consecutive month. However, a look at the present situation reveals that both air and sea freight volumes are below those expected relative to the time of year. Although the index for sea freight remained virtually flat at 47.4 in April (down 0.1 points from March), it still indicates a decline in volumes. Meanwhile, the index for current air freight volumes fell 1.2 points to 42.0 for the month, indicating an even greater decline relative to the volumes expected for the time of year. In terms of year-on-year comparisons, the sea freight index was 1.4 points higher in April 2013 compared with April 2012. In contrast, the index for air freight was 2.7 points lower compared with the same month last year. Since the Index’s inception over a year ago, the outlook for the next six months has remained very optimistic with respondents consistently anticipating positive volume growth. Although this trend continued in April, with the index at 58.4, it fell 1.3 points which suggests respondents are perhaps becoming less confident in a market revival taking place any time soon.


Main Sea Freight Index at Baltic Exchange Raises

Pic:  Baltic Exchange Ltd

 The main sea freight index at Baltic Exchange for ships carrying dry bulk commodities rose further on Friday mostly on higher capesize rates. The index tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, rose  rose 4 pts, or 0.67%, to 597 pts.   The capesize index rose 11 points or 2.11 percent to 532 points.  


Grindrod Inks Writedown Charge, Cites Flagging Profit

South Africa's Grindrod flagged as much as 35 percent drop in annual profit on Thursday, after taking a $100 million writedown charge due to a slide in shipping rates and volumes. Africa's biggest shipping group said headline earnings per share - a widely watched measure of profit in South Africa that strips out certain one-off items - is likely to drop by between 30 and 35 percent for the year ending in December.


European Commission to Limit Sulphur Emissions

On July 15, the European Commission published the proposed amendments of the "sulphur directive." Ministers of the EU member states and members of European parliament will begin debates on the directive in the autumn. The proposal is based on the decision made by the International Maritime Organization IMO in 2008 to set the more stringent limits of sulphur content of the bunker fuel and emissions. The severe consequences it will cause to the North Europe have become clear


Little Change in Overall Shipping Confidence

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Little change occurred in the latest monthly Stifel Logistics Confidence Index. Slipping only 0.1 points from 57 in March to 56.9 this month, the overall index did however favor improvements in the present situation increasing 1.6 points to 51.8. However, expectations for the next six months dimmed falling 1.8 points to 62 for April. The monthly airfreight data is such an example. For April, the present situation increased 0.5 points to 49 whereas expectations declined 2 points to 61.3


Stronger Panamaxes Boost Baltic Sea Freight Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, made minor gains on Thursday on higher rates for the panamax and smaller vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize vessels, rose two points, or 0.36 percent, to 561 points.   The panamax index was up seven points, or 1.22 percent, at 583 points.  


Baltic Index Up on Firmer Panamax Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday, helped by stronger demand for panamaxes and smaller vessels.   The overall index that gauges the cost of shipping cargoes including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser, was up 10 points, or 2.73 percent, to 376 points.   The panamax index rose 25 points, or, 5.92 percent to 447 points.  


Baltic Index Down on Lower Capesize, Panamax Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slipped on Friday, as demand for capesize and panamax vessels fell.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, fell seven points, or about 1 percent to 703 points.   The capesize index was down 20 points, or 1.76 percent at 1,117 points.  


Baltic Index Down for Third Straight Session

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday for the third straight session, as demand for bigger vessels weakened.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, fell 21 points, or about 3 percent to 682 points.   The capesize index also down for the third consecutive session fell 62 points, or 5.55 percent to 1,055 points.  


Baltic Index Perks up on Increased Rates for Bigger Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged higher on Thursday as rates for bigger vessels rose.   The overall index, which factors in average daily earnings of capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize dry bulk transport vessels, gained seven points to 593 points.   The capesize index gained 27 points or 5.47 percent to 521 points.  


Baltic Index Rises on Greater Vessel Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday, boosted by demand that is driving rates up across vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Rises for Fifth Consecutive Session

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday for a fifth straight session on stronger demand across all vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Panamax Vessel Demand Keeps Baltic Index Up

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday for a fourth straight session as higher demand propped up rates for panamax vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index up for Third Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, for a third straight session, on rising demand across all vessel segments. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Strong Demand Across Vessel Segments Pushes Up Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday as demand strengthened across all vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Rise in Short Term

File Image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier, commonly used in th Brazil-Asian trades (credit: Vale)

Shipowners seeking $10 per tonne from Brazil-China; dry cargo demand to remain subdued this year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes may firm up next week on increased chartering activity, tighter tonnage supply and possible port disruption caused by bad


Baltic Index Rises on Higher Demand Across Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday on stronger demand across all types of vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax, and handysize shipping vessels, was up five points


Baltic Index Down on Falling Capesize Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell Tuesday on lower demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 2 points, or 0


Rosneft, Pietro Barbaro JV Enters Global Shipping Markets

Photo: Pietro Barbaro

 Russia's Rosneft and Italy's shipping company Pietro Barbaro have agreed to jointly develop international sea freight operations, as the oil group has been aiming to expand its shipping business.   Rosneft (represented by RN-International projects) and Pietro Barbaro S.p.A


Baltic Index Down as Capesize Demand Disappoints

File image: a bulk vessel alongside during cargo operations (FedNav)

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, continued its fall Monday on weaker demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 5 points, or 0


Baltic Index Down on Weak Capesize Demand

 The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Friday due to lower rates for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 11 points


Asia Dry Bulk, Capesize Rates Set to Diverge

File Image: a so-called ValeMax bulk vessel, commonly used to move bulk from Brazil to Asian markets (Vale)

Rates from Australia to fall, Brazil rates to nudge higher. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could diverge next week with rates from Australia to China trending lower on weaker sentiment while prices from Brazil to China could rise on tight vessel supply


Baltic Index Down as Small Vessel Demand Weakens

File Image: a smaller, handy sized bulk vessel (FedNav)

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell Tuesday on weaker demand for smaller vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down one point, or 0


Baltic Index Down on Weaker Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell marginally on Monday on weaker demand for smaller vessels and panamaxes, partially offset by higher demand for capesizes. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Dips on Weak Demand for Smaller Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Friday due to weak demand for smaller vessels. The overall index - which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels - was down one point, or 0






 
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