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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 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.


North Sea Rates Surge On Holiday Vessel Shortage

North Sea oil tanker rates surged spectacularly again on Dec. 13 on a shortage of vessels available before Christmas, shipping brokers said. Aframax 80,000 ton vessel rates shot up a further 25 Worldscale points to W150 ($5.50 per ton) from a highest seen of W125 ($4.25) on Friday, they said. "The North Sea has gone bananas. It is very tight on tonnage for modern ships up until loading dates of around December 27," a broker said.


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.


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


Heidmar CEO Marc La Monte Passes Away

Marc La Monte (Image: http://www.heidmar.com)

Marc La Monte -  1963-2013   Heidmar reported the unexpected passing of Marc La Monte of Wilton, Connecticut. Mr. La Monte passed away while on a business flight in Europe on the morning of October 14th. La Monte was a widely respected member of the international shipping industry for 27 years.  He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Heidmar Inc. from April 2012. Prior to becoming CEO, La Montehad been the Managing Director of Heidmar’s VLCC tanker pool


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.


Houlder Sells Holdings In Tanker Broker Panel

Houlder Sells Holdings In Tanker Broker Panel Shipbroker Howard Houlder (Chartering) Ltd. has sold its shareholdings in the London Tanker Broker Panel back to the other five members of the rate-setting group, panel managing director Robert Porter said. "Howard Houlder is no longer a panel member," Porter said. "Houlder said it wished to leave and the other panelists exercised their pre-emption rights to buy the shares back."


Internet Ship Broker Goes Live

Internet ship-brokerage Levelseas went live this week, saying it would add functionality to allow cargo-owners and shipowners to trade with each other directly before October. "This initial release of LSX is LevelSeas' first step towards building a global, web enabled freight exchange and voyage management system," said CEO Richard Hext. Hext said that cargo owners and ship owners already did "a hell of a lot" of business directly without the use of a broker


Fredriksen forms ship broker with Arctic Securities

Norwegian-born billionaire John Fredriksen has teamed up with investment bank Arctic Securities to form a ship broking company aimed at taking on bigger rivals and betting on a recovery in the global shipping market. Many segments of the shipping industry, including dry bulk commodities, are struggling with tougher conditions due to world economic worries and a surfeit of vessels. Fredriksen, via his family's investment company Geveran Trading Co


Iran Plans Listing NITC to Fund Fleet Modernization

Photo: NIOC

Iran plans to list its national tanker company to raise badly needed cash to upgrade its massive fleet and replace older vessels, as the middle east country prepares for an aggressive return to the global oil market.   The country emerged from years of economic isolation last weekend after


Baltic Index Continues Fall to New Record Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, continued its fall to close at a fresh record low on Friday.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Should Remain Flat

Western Australia-China rates hit near 17-year low; owners explore laying-up ships. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes should remain flat next week as the Lunar New Year holiday in China will curtail chartering activity, shipbrokers said on Thursday.


Amazon Expands Logistics Reach in China

Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages.   Its plans in China, outlined in filings there, include handling cargo and customs for goods headed to ports in Japan


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Slump

Image: Dalian

 Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could face drop further next week on excess tonnage supply and lower cargo volumes, reports Reuters.   A Singapore based VLCC broker said that there’s no upside. Rates will either be flat or on the downside


Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Slide Further

A ValeMax Bulk Carrier alongside during loading (file image)

No sign of Q4 cargo rush; Capesize and panamax rates barely covering opex. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could slip further next week as too many ships available for hire weigh on the market despite reasonable cargo volumes, brokers said on Thursday.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Slide with Voume Drop

File Image: a Valemax bulk carrier alongside the pier.

Capesize rates nearing the bottom - Shanghai broker; Global iron ore demand to hit 3 bln tonnes by 2030 (Rio Tinto) Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could hold around current levels or nudge slightly lower next week as cargo volumes fail to match the number of ships available for charter


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Slip Again

A ValeMax Bulk Carrier (file image: Vale)

Capesize market could worsen in short-term; 3.5 mln tonnes could be cut from Brazil ore exports. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could drift lower next week as Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine disaster and uncertain ore demand from China weigh on cargo volumes, brokers said.


Scripps Sells Oceanographic Research Vessel

New Horizon (Photo: Marcon International)

Purpose-built oceanographic research and survey vessel New Horizon has been sold from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography to private interests, announced ship broker Marcon International, Inc.   New Horizon will continue to work under her new ownership as a U.S


Asia VLCC rates Steady at Five-Year High

MidEast-Japan rates top $111,000 a day, highest since June 2010. Freight rates in Asian trades for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain firm as vessel supply and charter volumes stay evenly matched, ship brokers said on Friday.


Europe's Diesel Market Hits Crunch Time

Tankers that took a longer route set to arrive; storage in main hub nearly 70 percent full. Europe's new status as the dumping ground for the world's excess diesel comes to a head this month as mild weather, strong refinery runs and months of building stocks combine.


Diesel Tankers Make Mid-Atlantic U-turn as Europe Stocks Swell

Tankers laden with diesel heading from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Europe are turning around in mid-ocean as European storage is nearly filled to the brim.   At least three 37,000 tonne tankers - Vendome Street, Atlantic Star and Atlantic Titan - have made U-turns in the Atlantic ocean in recent


No End to Capesize Dry Bulk Misery

A ValeMax size bulk carrier sits alongside the berth (file image)

Rates from Australia to China fall to 14-year low; Brazil to China capesize rates drop to 7-year low. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes, which fell to a more than seven-year low on Wednesday, could nudge lower or hold around current levels as too many ships chase too


As Freight Rates Fall, LNG Shippers Brace Consolidation

Faltering LNG demand, growing tanker fleet drag on freight rates. Shippers who ply the seas to deliver liquefied natural gas (LNG) in massive tankers are likely to face a wave of consolidation and asset sales, with freight rates plunging as a growing fleet clashes with tepid demand.


Kuo Oil Looks to Lift Two Iranian Fuel Cargoes

U.S. lifts 2012 Iran sanctions against three trader companies; Kuo Oil seeks to load two Iranian fuel oil cargoes. Kuo Oil, a Singapore-based oil trading company, is seeking ships to load Iranian fuel oil, according to a shipping broker report, now that it is finally clear of U.S






 
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