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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

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 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.  


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.  


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.


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 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 Rises for Seventh Straight Session

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for the seventh straight session on Monday, supported by improved activity across vessel segments headed by the capesizes.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, rose 21 points or 4.67 percent to 471 points.   The capesize index jumped 79 points, or 22.9 percent, to 424 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.  


Stronger Capesize Demand Boosts Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday, primarily helped by higher demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Incat Crowther Supplies Crewboat Design, Build Kits

Image: Incat Crowther

Incat Crowther has been awarded a contract with shipbuilder Astinave EP of Guayaquil, Ecuador for the supply of vessel design services and aluminum component kits for a pair of 22.5m monohull crewboats currently under construction for an undisclosed client


Baltic Index Up on Firmer Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday, boosted by stronger demand for capesizes and smaller shipping vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Dips on Weaker Rates for Bigger Vessels

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday, hurt by lower rates for capesize and panamax vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Baltic Index Up for Twelfth Straight Session

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday for the twelfth consecutive session, supported primarily by stronger demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index up on Improved Vessel Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged higher on Tuesday on steady demand across vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Firm Vessel Rates Boost Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday on higer rates for panamaxe and smaller vessel categories.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Stronger Demand for Bigger Vessels Pushes Baltic Index Higher

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities extended gains on Thursday, mainly propelled by firmer demand for bigger shipping vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Stronger Capesize Rates Perks Up Baltic Index

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday, supported primarily on improved demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Baltic Index Rises on Firmer Vessel Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, was up on Monday, on stronger demand across all vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, gained 24 points


Baltic Index Rises to Five-month High

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, on Tuesday rose to its highest in over five months on improved rates across vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Market Direction Uncertain

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier. These vessels were built primarily to carry iron ore from Brazil to the far east. (image: Vale)

Owners resisting charterers' attempts to push market lower; rates slip from 5-1/2-month highs. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes face an uncertain outlook next week with some owners resisting charterers' attempts to push hire rates down even as freight rates


Baltic Index Up Slightly as Smaller Vessels Support

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose marginally on Thursday as steady demand for smaller vessels offset weaker rates across capesize and panamax vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Up On Stronger Rates

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Friday due to higher demand for capesizes and gains across smaller vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Inches up on Higher Capesize Demand

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Monday, supported by higher demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels






 
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