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Large Tanker Fixing Slows, Rates Soften

Large tanker fixing out of the key Middle East market slowed last week as charterers had largely covered their October liftings, resulting in the softening of rates by about two and a half Worldscale points, brokers said last week. VLCCs to Japan commanded between W51 and W52.5, down from the mid W50s the previous week, while Korea was slipping to W50 by the end of the week. Westbound to the U.S. Gulf maintained W47.5, and one Continent fixture reached W50. Despite the quiet conditions, Galbraith's said in its weekly report that it did not expect rates to fall much further for modern vessels. But older ships would find lengthening waiting times eroding incomes, the broker said. Owners should be able to maintain rates or achieve some improvements over the next month as only 60 vessels of 17.5 million tons would be available in the Mideast over the next month, broker E.A. Gibson said in its weekly market report. But the market would remain quiet until November cargoes started becoming available in about a week's time, another broker said.


Panamax Rates Likely To Ease

Asian Panamax rates for dry bulk cargo are likely to ease further this week on soft demand for mineral and grain shipment, with many spot vessels available for hire in the market. "There have been few fresh spot inquiries by charterers," said a shipping broker. "In addition to this, the Panamax market has been under pressure from an oversupply of spot ships." Panamax rates for freights from the U.S. Gulf to Japan were indicated at $21.50-$22.00 a ton for March shipment, against $23


New Tech Saves Time for Shipbrokers

Stelvio has reacted to demands from the shipbroking sector for faster and more accurate vessel positioning and cargo order data by developing software which it claims will cut the workload by half. ShipDecision from Stelvio is designed to eliminate the need for brokers to search manually through the thousands of incoming daily emails. The Vessel Position feature of the system examines each incoming message and automatically extracts the critical vessel


VLCC Rates Poised To Stay Strong

Owners of VLCCs have been painstakingly building up rates this week, but for owners of million-barrel tankers, the last month's gains have come crashing back down. "(VLCC) tonnage is relatively scarce, especially for early positions, while enquiry is plentiful, and we expect some good times ahead from an owner's perspective," said Oslo ship broker Fearnleys. Westbound VLCCs from the Mideast Gulf gained five points during the week to reach W89


Tanker Rates Continue To Soar

Modern vessel shortages in the North Sea are pushing Aframax and Suezmax tanker rates to year high levels. Rates for Aframax 80,000 ton vessels have repeated the year-high of W217.5($8.00 per ton) for late month U.K./Continent liftings, but brokers said June business was now played out. One million barrel Suezmax tankers were benefiting strongly from bouyant North Sea markets with transatlantic rates climbing steeply to W165-W180


FONASBA Endorses ITIC' s Post-Fixture Clause

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ITIC has recommended that brokers place a post-fixture clause at the end of recap messages to reduce the chances of exposure to severe financial loss as a result of important messages being overlooked. The following wording was endorsed by FONASBA at its recent annual general meeting in Gothenburg: “Important: Operations It is essential that all messages in respect of operations be sent to the relevant email addresses (ops@broker.com)


Depressed Rates Take Toll On Older Vessels

Low tanker rates are pushing increasing numbers of old VLCCs to the scrapyard, but not enough to counter deliveries of new vessels, shipping brokers said. "Depressed VLCC rates seem finally to be taking a toll on the mid 70s built fleet of large tankers," Norwegian broker Bssoe said in a report for November. Nine VLCCs were sold for demolition during November, taking the total this year to 29 units, compared with 14 by the same time last year, the broker said.


Ship Valuation, Brokers Under Pressure

The International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) said the fall in the shipping markets has created a number of difficult issues for ship valuers, with brokers in some cases even declining to provide valuations. ITIC’s Andrew Jamieson said, “It is inevitable that some principals will simply be disappointed by the broker’s view of what the ship is likely to obtain in the current market. But brokers have also been challenged as to whether it is really possible to assess


Safe Harbor Unveils Online Broker Portal

In the first phase of a new website rollout, Safe Harbor Pollution Insurance (SHPI) delivers the ultimate in electronic convenience with its My Harbor broker portal. This industry-leading platform enables real-time policy and claim access, empowering brokers to better service customers.   Brokers enter the personalized gateway by registering at www.safeharborpollution.com/myharbor. The unique portal grants instant access to all quotes and policies


Tanker Trends

Rates Steady Despite Strong VLCC Demand Strong demand for VLCC tankers in the Middle East failed to create a massive breakout in rates, but owners were happy as bunker fuel prices continued to fall, brokers said early last week. Expectations that a lack of modern tonnage would hike rates for mid-April oil major-approved vessels failed to come true. An Exxon cargo for Singapore lifting from three Mideast ports finally got done at the going rate of W77.5 (about $5


Asia VLCC Rates Could Could Climb Even More

Owners see rates climb by nearly $22,000 per day; Rates could peak as more tonnage comes free. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes could nudge higher amid a flurry of new cargoes and tighter tonnage supply that propelled rates to their highest in nine months


Ship Broker Clarkson Looks to Acquire Platou

Top ship broker Clarkson is seeking to acquire Norwegian brokerage and investment bank RS Platou for 281.2 million pounds ($441 million) in a deal that would create one of the sector's biggest players globally. The deal would be the latest in an industry which has suffered one of its worst-ever


Asia Tanker, VLCC Rates Could Climb

Charterers to release 30 Middle East VLCC cargoes next week. VLCC market buoyed by upbeat Suezmax, Aframax sectors. Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes are set to continue the rebound that started on Wednesday with a raft of new cargo requirements and upbeat sentiment


ICAP Shipping in Merger Talks

Shipping market prospects picking up after record downturn; shipbroker M&A deals have gathered pace this year. ICAP's shipping business is in merger talks with rival shipbroker Howe Robinson, the latest potential tie-up among sector players looking for scale after years of freight market


Final Payment on Fortis Debentures

  Fortis Inc. announced that holders of its 4% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures represented by instalment receipts  that the final instalment payment of $667 per $1,000 principal amount of Debentures is due by October 27, 2014


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Fall on Cargo Woes

Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are again likely to fall as the volume of tonnage limits any price gains from an increase in chartering activity, brokers said. Freight rates for a voyage from Australia to China have steadily fallen since Sept


Dry Bulk Drought: Asia Rates Fall

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Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes could continue to fall next week in the absence of major charterers although lower freight rates could tempt top iron ore miners back into the market and potentially buoy rates, brokers said.


ITIC Urges Shipbrokers to Put it in Writing

 ITIC has warned shipbrokers that they face the risk of serious financial loss if they fail to ensure that all parties to fixture agreements are in possession of full, confirmed information prior to the conclusion of negotiations.  


NY Harbor Supply & Distribution Fall Reception/Buffet

More than 600 attendees are expected at the 52nd annual New York Harbor Supply & Distribution Fall Reception/Buffet for the energy and energy related industries at the NY Hilton Hotel Trianon Ballroom, New York on Thursday, October 16, 2014.


300th Tug Brokered by Marcon Int'l

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported the sale of the U.S. flag, twin screw tug “Pacific Patriot” (ex-Pacific King) from Kirby Marine Offshore to U.S. West Coast buyers on private terms.   This was the 300th tug brokered by Marcon and 1


Livingston Appoint Candace Sider V-P Regulatory, Canada

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Customs brokerage and trade compliance advisors, Livingston, say that to better reflect the company’s integral role in regulatory affairs for its clients, Livingston has appointed Candace Sider to the newly created position of Vice President, Regulatory Affairs Canada.


Mideast Crude Tanker Rates Near 3-month Low

Crude oil tanker earnings on the major Middle East route fell to their lowest in nearly three months as a slowdown in business in recent days battered rate sentiment. The world's benchmark VLCC export route from the Middle East Gulf (MEG) to Japan <DFRT-ME-JAP> on Monday reached W37


Slow Bookings Pressure Long-range Tanker Rates

Long-range clean tanker rates were softer on Wednesday as business was slow, with weaker sentiment keeping rates under pressure. Larger Long-Range 2 or LR2, 75,000 tonne shipments on the Middle East Gulf to Japan (MEG-JPN) route were at W115.50 or $21,207 a day on Wednesday.


USCG Updates Prohibited Cargo Carriers List

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Port State Control (PSC) updated its list of vessels and ship management companies that are prohibited from carrying U.S. government impelled cargos. Prohibited Vessels AN HO ANNE ASSOS STRIKER CHEMBULK TORTOLA CORSO DREAM ENERGY CHAMPION ENERGY PIONEER


FPA Customs Brokers Acquired by Livingstone International

Toronto-headquartered Livingston International says it has acquired New York-based FPA Customs Brokers, Inc. “We look forward to welcoming the FPA team and their clients into the Livingston family,” said Livingston CEO Steven C. Preston.






 
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