Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose
52 points to 3,534 in the week ending Sept. 20.
"The steep rise in the index over the last few weeks has gradually tailed off, but it still managed to climb over the 3,500 barrier this week and now stands 637 points above the same period in 1998," SS&Y said. "However, 637 points above awful, should only qualify as acceptable." Most rates were said to be flat or at least showed that interest was not diminishing, with Brazil/China trade moving timecharter rates
for Hyundai-type vessels to $14,000 daily.