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Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday. "There's too many ships in the Pacific. There's a lot of ballasters (empty ships) sailing to Brazil," a Singapore-based ship broker said. Capesize freight rates from Australia to China could fall to around $5-$5.20 a tonne next week on this overcapacity, with rates from Brazil to China at $12.50 to $12.75 a tonne, a Shanghai-based capesize broker said on Thursday. While major charterers including Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton were active this week, just a handful of spot iron ore cargoes were concluded with virtually no coal fixtures. A raft of transatlantic coal and iron ore cargoes helped push capesize rates to their highest level in eight months in early August, but this business has evaporated causing spot freight rates to steadily fall. "Coal used to be the all-important dry bulk commodity," said Peter Sand, chief shipping analyst at shipping industry lobby group BIMCO. The steam coal trade between China and South Africa, which accounted for 8 percent of China's steam coal imports in 2013, has disappeared due to the overall decline in China's coal imports and a greater proportion of volumes from Australia and Indonesia


Asia Tankers: VLCC Rates Steady on Drip-fed Cargoes

Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to maintain the current levels next week as charterers drip-feed cargoes for August loading into an overtonnaged market, ship brokers said.   "There is quite a negative outlook... we may be close to the bottom. We do expect a lull at this time of the year," a Singapore-based VLCC broker said on Friday.   Shipowners are holding the line on the expectation that there will be a lot more volume to work next week.


Iran Rents More Tankers

According to reports, the Norwegian ship brokers confirmed that the National Iranian Tanker Co. has chartered two more very large crude carriers to store unprocessed crude oil. The latest bookings raise NITC's floating storage capacity to 18.4m barrels, sources said Iran already has seven very large crude carriers under contract for use as storage. Source: Big News Network


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Likely to Remain Flat

File Image: a so-called ValeMax Bulk Carrier

Chinese iron ore and coal imports to fall in 2016 - Clarkson Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to stay flat as vessel volumes outpace cargo demand and the approaching Chinese New Year holiday further dampens chartering activity, ship brokers said on Thursday. There is little hope of any improvement in rates, which remain at near 16-1/2-year lows, even after the Chinese New Year holiday which starts on Feb. 7, brokers said.


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 weather in China, ship brokers said on Thursday. "The general consensus is there will be an improvement in rates next week," a Singapore-based capesize broker said.


Excess Tonnage Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Credit: Vale)

Capesize market "absolutely dead" on Thursday - broker. Vale says no new cargoes but owners sail empty vessels to Brazil. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as too many ships chase available cargoes, brokers said on Thursday. "The market is absolutely dead today - it's all very doom and gloom," said a Singapore-based capesize broker on Thursday.


Asia Tankers-VLCCs Rates Ease as Tanker Jams Fade

file image: A VLCC transits the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority)

Port congestion eases at Basra and Chinese ports; tanker demand set to expand on lower oil prices. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), hurt by slower-than-usual release of cargo, could slip further next week as more tonnage becomes available with the easing of recent tanker traffic jams in China, ship brokers said on Friday. Charter rates from the Middle East to Japan slipped to a six-month low on Thursday, falling by 12 Worldscale points or almost $14,000 since April 21


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Strengthen on June Charters

30-40 Mid-East VLCC cargoes still to be contracted for June; Posidonia shipping event next week in Greece may dampen activity. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could rise next week as charterers complete their June loading programme, although activity may be muted due to a key shipping event in Greece, ship brokers said. "There is potential for charter rates to firm further. There are plenty of ships but there are enough charters for owners to hold the line


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Remain Steady

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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 Steady After Bumping Four-Month High

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Power struggle breaks out between between owners and charterers; West Africa cargoes hit a monthly record. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which surged to a four-month high on Thursday, to hold steady as ship owners await the release of November cargoes, ship brokers said on Friday. "There's a power struggle going on between owners and charterers," said a European supertanker broker on Friday.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could Diverge on Market Conditions

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Australia-China rates could climb on improved weather. Brazil-China rates to hold steady, fall on lack of charters.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes could diverge next week with rates from Australia to China rebounding on improved weather


Rare Gasoline Exports Underway from Bloated East Coast Stocks

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Traders prep rare East Coast gasoline exports; cargoes already sailing with exported distillates.   Traders are preparing to export cargoes of coveted gasoline from the U.S. East Coast after months of heavy importing and local production swamped the region.  


Asia, Mideast Product Tankers Idled on Oversupply

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Lower product shipments from India, Mideast; diesel comes off floating storage, frees up ships.   Dozens of tankers used to carry refined oil products are sitting idle in Asia and the Middle East as slow trade and an oversupply of ships have cut daily earnings to as little as a fifth of


Cambodia Study Looks at Port Data Exchange

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A feasibility study to look into the possible expansion of the Northeast Asia Logistics Information Service Network (NEAL-NET) is being undertaken in Cambodia, as part of a project co-funded by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and China.   


Tanker Operators Brace for OPEC Cuts

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Tanker owners are bracing for a volatile year ahead after enjoying some of the highest charter rates since 2008, with OPEC plans to curb crude output potentially cutting rates by more than 40 percent.   Fewer Middle East cargoes will mean lower freight rates for operators of very large


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Slip Further

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Chartering activity falls as holidays loom; Rio Tinto offering rates 5.5 pct lower than index level. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will slide further next week in a lacklustre chartering market ahead of Christmas, ship brokers said.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Firm on Tight Tonnage, Ample Cargo

File Image: a large bulk carrier underway (CREDIT: BSM)

Just handful of ships for Brazil loading in early January; coal, South African iron ore cargoes support rates.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could diverge with rates from Brazil to China nudging higher on a shortage of tonnage and those from


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Firm as Weather Delays Weigh

File Image: a large bulk carrier underway (CREDIT: BSM)

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


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Slip; Low Demand, Overcapacity Weigh

File Image: a typical bulk vessel underway (CREDIT: BSM)

Despite lower rates, rental prices doubled from last year; capesize vessels totalling 15 million DWT to be delivered this year - broker.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to drift lower as tonnage volumes outpace cargo demand even as owners


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold Steady

File Image: A typical VLCC underway (CREDIT AdobeStock)

Unipec charters 20 VLCCs for West Africa, MidEast cargoes; China's oil demand to climb 3.4 pct this year - CNPC.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are expected to remain stable next week as buoyant chartering activity from the Middle East is offset by the large number of


European Shipping Week Speaker Announced

Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, former US Ambassador to the European Union Photo European Shipping Week

Anthony Luzzatto Gardner, former US Ambassador to the European Union and Visiting Fellow at the College of Europe, will be the guest speaker at the European Shipping Week Gala Dinner, to be held on Wednesday 1st March 2017 at the Steigenberger Wiltcher Hotel in Brussels.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Hold Steady

File Image: A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Vale)

Brazil-China rates hit 15-month high for second time this year.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could hold steady or slip slightly next week after unexpectedly climbing this week on strong cargo volumes, ship brokers said.  


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Likely to Slide

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Chartering activity could slow down in March due to refinery work; growth in tanker fleet could climb 6.5 pct, pressuring rates.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to fall next week as charter activity from China slows ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Hold Steady

Floor may have been reached on Western Australia-China rates; dry cargo demand could fall 5.4 pct in first quarter.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes are likely to hold around the current levels next week on ample tonnage supply even as chartering


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold Steady

File image of a typical VLCC underway (Credit: EuroNav)

25 MidEast cargoes still to be fixed; VLCC rates fall to 4-month low.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a four-month low on Thursday, are likely to hold around current levels or nudge higher as charterers fix the final charters in February's loading






 
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