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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Panamax Market

Atlantic Panamax Rates Weaken

The buoyancy detected in the Atlantic Panamax market over the past two weeks has waned, brokers said. Fresh orders from the U.S. Gulf were described as light and the limited opportunities in the area could prompt Panamax owners to accept softer levels, they said. Restricted barge movement along the Mississippi was also said to be contributing to the situation, while a number of Far East participants had yet to return to business after the Lunar New Year holiday. Despite the slowdown, brokers did report a number of fresh enquiries. Grain cargoes seeking Panamax transport included some heading to the Far East from the U.S. Gulf and others heading towards Egypt. Whether the softer Atlantic Panamax undertone would persist, however, or whether the market would bounce back, remained to be seen, brokers said. In the wake of the seven-point drop on the Baltic Panamax Index on Tuesday afternoon, brokers continued to speculate on future developments. - (Reuters)

Panamax Market Remains on Road to Recovery

The panamax market remained on track for a recovery from the recent slump, despite various public holidays, brokers said on Wednesday. Although South Korea, India and several European countries were absent from the grain market on Wednesday, brokers said that the outlook was positive. This was particularly true of the Atlantic panamax trades, where deals continued to be concluded off market at firmer levels, they said.

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

Capesize Values Drag but Earnings Set to Rebound

Dry bulk asset values dropped sharply in November and have reached 16-year lows, partly driven by very weak sentiment over the near-term future for vessel earnings, according to the latest Dry Bulk Freight Forecaster from shipping research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI).   However, despite a bearish forward view of dry bulk fundamentals, MSI is more positive than the freight futures market’s forward curve for Capesize and Supramax spot rates in Q2

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Remain Steady

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Owners seeking to push rates higher, close to year-long highs; dry bulk sector to see greater consolidation - BIMCO. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to remain steady next week even as owners try to push rates up close to year-highs, ship brokers said. That came as charter rates stayed firm despite China's week-long National Day holiday which ends at the weekend.

Excess Tonnage Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File image: a so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Credit: Vale)

Capesize market "absolutely dead" on Thursday - broker. Vale says no new cargoes but owners sail empty vessels to Brazil. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as too many ships chase available cargoes, brokers said on Thursday. "The market is absolutely dead today - it's all very doom and gloom," said a Singapore-based capesize broker on Thursday.

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.

S&P Lowers Pegasus Rating

Standard & Poor's lowered its corporate credit rating on Pegasus Shipping (Hellas) Ltd. (Pegasus) to triple-'C'-minus from single-'B'-minus. At the same time, Standard & Poor's lowered its foreign currency senior secured debt rating to triple-'C'-minus from single-'B'-minus. All ratings are placed on CreditWatch with negative implications. The rating actions reflect Pegasus' rapidly diminishing financial flexibility owing to weak market conditions

Increased Panamax Rates Boost Market Sentiment

Higher panamax freight rates have boosted sentiment in the market amid hopes for further rates increases during the week, shipbrokers said on Monday. They gave as prime example the latest U.S. Gulf to Japan fixture at a rate of $23.25 per ton of heavy grain for mid-July loading dates, this compared with the present Baltic Panamax Index showing an average $22.86 per ton. Firmer fixtures had been also reported for both the Pacific and the Atlantic, brokers said.

Atlantic Panamax Earnings Plummet To New Lows

Average Atlantic panamax earnings sank to new lows on Monday, quashing hopes that the market had bottomed out, brokers said. "We've given up predicting when the market will stop falling," one Norwegian broker said. "It's not so much of a summer slowdown, (it is) more of a summer shutdown," he added. Brokers said that charterers' offered levels for transatlantic panamax round voyages had now fallen through the $7,000-a-day barrier.

Euroseas Acquires New Vessels

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 Euroseas  announced that it took delivery of M/V EM Athens, a feeder containership of 2,506 teu built in 2000 that the Company agreed to acquire last month from Euromar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company that previously was partially owned by the Company.    M/V EM Athens was acquired along with EM Oinousses, a feeder size containership also of 2,506 teu built in 2000.   The Company also announced today that it exercised its option to purchase from Euromar

Capesize Rates Lift Baltic Index near Three-year High

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, hovered near a three-year high, supported by robust rates for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, rose 34 points, or 2.4 percent, to 1,449 points - its highest level since November 5, 2014. The capesize index climbed 138 points, or 5.07 percent, to 2,861 points, its biggest gain since Nov. 25, 2014

Baltic Index Near Fresh 3-year High

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, touched a fresh near three-year high on Thursday, supported by firmer rates across vessel segments. The overall index — which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels — rose 24 points, or 1.8 percent, to 1,361 points, a peak since November 2014. The capesize index gained 14 points, or 0.53 percent, to 2,642 points.

Baltic Index Hits near 3-year High

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, touched a near three-year high on Monday, supported by higher rates across all vessel segments.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, gained 23 points, or 1.73 percent, at 1,355 points - the highest since Nov. 2014.   "The market has been solely driven forward by the capesize shipping segment this year

Baltic Index Dips Again on Sagging Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the third consecutive session on Thursday, weighed down by weaker rates for larger vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, fell 22 points, or 1.8 percent, to 1,200 points.   The capesize index slipped 49 points, or 2.06 percent, to 2,333 points.  

Baltic Index Continues Winning Streak

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, on Wednesday continued its winning streak as demand for capesize vessels strengthened. Rising for the thirteenth straight session, the overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 38 points, or 3.25 percent, at 1,207 points, touching its highest since April 20.

Baltic Index Rallies as Larger Vessel Rates Surge

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, jumped more than 4 percent on Friday as demand for capesize and panamax vessels remained strong. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 46 points at 1,138 points, its biggest one-day percentage gain in more than five months. "Momentum is continuing to press the dry bulk market into the owners' favor

Baltic Index Rises on Stronger Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday supported by robust demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, increased 16 points, or 1.69 percent, to 964 points.   The capesize index jumped 65 points, or 6.32 percent, to 1,093 points.  

Baltic Index Advances on Firm Capesize Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Tuesday on stronger rates for capesize and panamax vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 20 points, or 2.19 percent, at 932 points.   The capesize index gained 51 points, or 5.47 percent, to 984 points.  

Capesize Demand Buoys Baltic Index

File Image: A large Capesize bulker underway at sea. (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Lucasz Z)

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday as demand for capesize vessels increased.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 26 points, or 2.88 percent, at 929 points.   The capesize index gained 104 points, or 9.76 percent, to 1,170 points.   Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150

Baltic Index Gains on Stronger Rates for Panamax, Smaller Vessels

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for second consecutive session on Friday supported by stronger rates for panamax and smaller vessels. The overall index, which considers rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, rose 15 points, or 1.75 percent, to 870 points. The capesize index was marginally down 6 points, or 0.6 percent, at 987 points.

Diana Shipping in Time Charter Contract for Clio with Phaethon

M/v Clio. Photo:  Diana Shipping Inc

 Diana Shipping has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Phaethon International Company AG, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Clio.    The gross charter rate is US$8,550 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 13 months to maximum 16 months. The charter is expected to commence on July 3, 2017.  

Diana Signs Time Charter with Hudson

M/V Protefs. Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

 Diana Shipping has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Hudson Shipping Lines Incorporated, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Protefs.    The gross charter rate is $7,900 per day, minus a 5 percent commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 12 months to about 15 months. The charter is expected to commence on June 23, 2017.  

Capesize, Panamax Bulkers Carry Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, climbed for the fourth straight session on Monday on improving capesize and panamax rates.   The overall index — which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels — was up 21 points, or 2.47 percent, at 870 points.   The capesize index gained 43 points, or 2.99 percent, to 1,481 points.  

Weaker Panamax Rates Weigh on Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index fell slightly on Monday, as sliding panamax rates offset gains in capesize earnings.   The Baltic index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, was down for the sixth straight session.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was down 2 points, or 0.21 percent, at 954 points - its lowest since early March.  

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