Panamax Operators Move Past Seasonal Freight Rate Slump

Tuesday, August 14, 2001
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 the start of July, they added, with the rise in modern panamax bookings at stable levels giving a solid indication that the market may have reached its bottom.

South African panamax movements held steady at $6,000 daily for Continent discharge, providing another sign that the summer slide had been halted, shipbrokers said.

London broker Galbraiths reported that at least one major charterer was still looking for tonnage from the U.S. Gulf to Egypt for a nearby heavy grains cargo.

However, shipbrokers cited one note of negativity in the day's trading with reports that steam coal stocks in Europe and Richards Bay were at dangerously high levels.

"Panamaxes have been effectively feeding off the capesize market from Richards Bay but the stockpile situation in Europe could ruin this cozy set-up," said a broker.

"The Chinese are offering competitive prices which could be enough to reduce Richards Bay to Europe panamax trading opportunities," he added. - (Reuters)

Maritime Reporter July 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

Brazilian Police to Probe Nuclear Submarine Program

Brazilian federal police are investigating potential irregularities in a military program that aims to build a nuclear-powered submarine in partnership with France by 2023, newspaper Folha de S.

General Dynamics Tops Q2 Estimates

General Dynamics Corp, a maker of ships, tanks and business jets, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings and revenues on Wednesday, and sharply raised its outlook for full-year profit.

Eastern Launches Second MPSV for Hornbeck

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched the second of two 302’x76’x26’ multipurpose service vessels in the HOSMPSV 310ES series for Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC.

Bulk Carrier Trends

Major Ivorian Cocoa Buyers Boycott Local Exporters Scheme

Major cocoa buyers are boycotting a scheme in Ivory Coast aimed at guaranteeing local firms a share of the lucrative export market, arguing that these players lack

Cargo Ship Refused Access to Paris MoU Region

General cargo ship M/V Georgiana H, IMO number 8911413, was detained in Marina di Carrara, Italy on July 17, tallying as the ship’s third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 24 months.

G6 Alliance Modifies Asia-Europe

The G6 Alliance has strengthened its Asia-Europe service by adding additional ports.    The G6 alliance, consisting of APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1164 sec (9 req/sec)