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Panamax Rates Slip Slightly

Panamax freight rate ideas for the immediate future have slipped back slightly, shipbrokers said. Overall, Panamax freight rates in the Atlantic are seen as softer, while the Pacific market is deemed relatively steady. However, shipbrokers are eager to see some sign this week that the Panamax market will stabilize. The start of the week saw a three to five month period charter fixed at $11,000 daily for the 1990 built 68,789 dwt Antwerpia, but the latest booking, for the 1989 built 69,406 dwt Anangel Progress, shows a slightly lower negotiated level. The Anangel Progress is scheduled for delivery Continent just before mid-March and is chartered for a three to five month trading contract at $10,900 daily, said shipbrokers. In contrast, a positive fixture has been reported for the US Gulf to Japan heavy grain Panamax benchmark route. Shipbrokers reported that the 1999 built 74,002 dwt Far Eastern Queen has been booked to transport a 54,000 ton heavy grain cargo at $22.80 per ton basis no combination destination ports. Loading is due between the end of March and start of April. — (Reuters)


Atlantic Panamax Rates Soften, Fixtures Lay Low

Sentiment for the Atlantic panamax freight market may be softening while fixture rates stay on the low side, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. "It may be settled in the (Far) East but panamax freight in the Atlantic looks softer as there are still lower rates being reported," said one London-based broker. The majority of routes quoted on the overall Baltic Panamax Index rose by three points on Tuesday to 1,309 - but the transatlantic round voyage timecharter route, a key element of the Index


Tanker Earnings Hold Steady

Atlantic Panamax earnings were given a brief respite from the steady erosion of freight rates that has dogged the sector for the past three weeks, shipbrokers said. Brokers felt that freight rates had hit rock bottom, giving Atlantic Panamax returns one last chance to surge before the end of the year. The Baltic Exchange reported that charterer GIC paid $20.85 for an unnamed vessel on the key U.S. Gulf to Japan grain route, which was above last done levels that reached $20


Spinnaker Reveals Radical Pay Changes

Maritime recruitment specialist, Spinnaker Consulting, has warned that radical pay structure changes for UK shipbrokers are resulting in brokers wanting to move out of competitive broking. As part of an in-depth salary survey covering 320 UK brokers, Spinnaker found that base salary pay structures are increasingly giving way to flexible bonus-based structures for competitive shipbrokers. As salary based pay still predominates among principals' brokers


Atlantic Rates Set To Move Higher

Panamax fixtures for end-March loading dates supported forecasts that Atlantic rates are set to move higher, shipbrokers said. But although the Capesize move to higher ground removed resistance against a prolonged Panamax uptrend, spreading foot- and-mouth disease is threatening to dampen dry bulk spring bullishness, they added. They said that reports that the disease in Britain and France may affect European grain exports was disturbing.


Panamax Trades Firm

Freight rates for Panamaxes trading the Pacific remained firm due to a flurry of business ahead of the Lunar New year, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. In the Far East, owners of larger Panamax sizes have been negotiating firm returns recently and continue to do so. Chinese charterers told shipbrokers that business there will grind to a halt between January 24 and 30 in observance of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Brokers added that the impending holiday will start to affect the Panamax


Atlantic Panamax Rates Take A Step Back

Sentiment on the Atlantic panamax market turned weaker albeit with unchanged freight rates, while most Pacific rates now appeared to be flattening out, shipbrokers said on Thursday. Average Pacific prices as reported on the Baltic Panamax Index climbed only marginally, while Atlantic routes were shaved back one point to 1,435. Shipbrokers said the main panamax activity remained in the Far East with rates for backhaul charter still rising.


Panamax Operators Move Past Seasonal Freight Rate Slump

Panamax operators are poised for an improvement in freight rates after receiving indications that the seasonal slump has passed, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. Reports emerged of off-market trips done at firmer levels than of late, at some $8,000 daily for bookings on the key U.S. Gulf to Far East route, giving the market some confidence that prospects for the panamax sector were brightening, they said. This was the first sign of an upturn since the summer slowdown dented panamax trade at


SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index Fell 16 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 16 points to 3,250 in the week ending Sept. 20. "The Pacific Capesize index had a disappointing 16 point fall this week, with a five cent drop on trans-Pacific routes an indication of the lack of demand," SS&Y said. "The index is still nearly 1,000 points down on 1997 levels and dipping away from clearing 1998's peak, so cargoes need to start emerging soon if the market is to remain feeling buoyant


SS&Y Atlantic Index Up, Pacific Index Down

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 162 points in the week ending Monday to 5,700. "Capesize rates strengthened overall by the middle of last week with rates from Richards Bay for October particularly strong, with fronthaul activity also firmer," SS&Y said. SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index fell 11 points in the week ending Monday to 5,475. "The Pacific market saw a marginal re-balancing of tonnage supply in the charterers favor on certain positions," SS&Y said.


Has the Link between OPEC Production and VLCC Rates broken?

Graph: Poten and Partners

 For the tanker market, in particular for VLCCs, increasing Middle East OPEC production is typically a good sign.    Poten and Partners in its Shipbrokers Reports says that does not appear to be the case at this particular moment


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


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb Slowly

File image: a so-called SuezMax oil tanker (Suez Canal Authority)

Around 47 MidEast charters fixed for July loading so far; older tonnage and new vessels a drag on freight rates. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to nudge higher next week after moving above nine-month lows on increased charters this week, ship brokers said on Friday


Rotterdam Implements Paperless Container Transfers

(Photo: Port of Rotterdam Authority)

In the near future, a physical Customs document will no longer be required to transfer containers from one Maasvlakte terminal to the other within the Port of Rotterdam.   Participating terminals APMT, ECT and RWG have made agreements with the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration for a


Bimco Opens Office In Singapore

Image: BIMCO

 BIMCO has opened a new regional office in Singapore in order to increase services to its members in the Southeast Asia region and boost collaborations with regional maritime associations.    BIMCO’s new Singapore contact will be General Manager, Maite Bolivar Klarup


Shipbrokers Challenge Baltic Exchange

Image: Baltic Exchange Ltd

 Several key dry bulk shipbrokers have formed the Competitive Ship Brokers Limited (CSBL) to challenge the Baltic Exchange over their role in the market as it tries to sell itself to the Singaporean financial giant SGX, reports the Telegraph.  


ITIC Launches Cyber Liability Insurance Extension

Alistair Mactavish (Photo: ITIC)

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) has launched a cyber liability extension to ITIC policies to protect its existing professional indemnity members against the growing threat posed by hackers.   ITIC has always provided cover for damage arising from the loss of or damage to


ABB Saves 700,000 tons Fuel for Marine Vessels

ABB Azipod fuel savings image ABB

ABB’s environmental friendly Azipod propulsion system brings greater fuel efficiency to diverse shipping segments ABB today announced the total fuel savings of the entire installed Azipod fleet since being launched is estimated to be more than 700,000 tons


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates May Dip

Rates from Western Australia to China fall from six-month high. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could slide next week as charterers rein in their activity following a flurry of fixtures which pushed rates from Western Australia to China to a six-month high


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Under Pressure

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Capesize rates fall in a quiet market as holidays weigh; 20 charter-free capesize ships could add to downward trend. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are set to drift lower next week unless there is an uptick in chartering activity from major miners


HCI Capital Acquires Ernst Russ GmbH

Schiff Courtesy HCI Capital

 HCI Capital AG acquires the long-established Hamburg shipping company Ernst Russ GmbH & Co. KG. The HCI Group, which early in 2016 already the majority of the shares of König & Cie. Group had taken, thus expanding again the controlled fleet and strengthen its maritime services


India to Roll Out Second Maritime University Next Year

Photo: Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB Ports)

 India will soon get its second maritime university, Gujarat Maritime University (GMB), which will primarily be focusing on the commercial maritime courses. According to sources, the first course likely to be rolled out in 2018.   


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Likely to Stay High

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Flurry of cargo fixtures push Australia, Brazil rates to highest since December. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to hold steady next week near four-month highs if owners continue to reactivate idle tonnage on upbeat cargo demand


Glencore to Lift Iranian Fuel Oil at Bandar Mahshahr

Anglo-Swiss commodity trader Glencore has chartered a ship to load Iranian fuel oil at the Iranian port of Bandar Mahshahr in a move that signals the return of legitimate Iranian crude and oil products to international markets. The Greek-owned vessel, Green Warrior


Baltic Index Slips Below 300 Points

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, slipped below 300 points on Thursday, to an all-time low.   The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser






 
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