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Crude Oil Tanker Market Weakened, says OPEC

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 Crude oil tanker market sentiment weakened in April as average spot freight rates dropped on most reported routes, OPEC said in its latest monthly report.   On average, dirty tanker freight rates were down 8% from the month before.  Despite a stronger market seen in the VLCC sector, average dirty spot freight rates declined, influenced by the declines in Suezmax and Aframax freight rates.    VLCC spot freight rates showed improvements, rising by around 17% on all reported routes, as a result of an active market and strong tonnage demand.    Suezmax and Aframax both closed the month down by 15% and 12%, respectively, as demand for both classes remained weak amid a persisting tonnage oversupply.   Following the drop seen last month, OPEC spot fixtures dropped in April by 4.2%. The decline came mainly on the back of lower fixtures registered for both eastbound and westbound destinations, while global fixtures declined by 2.9% from a month earlier.   Compared with a year ago, OPEC and spot global fixtures were down by 11.2% and 9.6%, respectively.   OPEC sailings were also lower in May, dropping from the previous month and a year earlier by 1.2% and 2.2%, respectively.    According to preliminary data, arrivals into North America and West Asia increased by 0.7% and 3.6%, respectively, from the month before, while arrivals into the Far East and Europe declined by 0.5% and 3


Asia-Europe Box Rates Fall Again

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 13.9 percent to $469 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. It was the fourth consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route, and the current level is widely seen as loss-making to shipping companies.


Clean Tanker Rates Drop Another 10 Points

Clean tankers in the intra-Asian trades have suffered an eighth week of stagnant trading, causing rates to slip another 10 points to W240 ($15.69 per ton), Singapore brokers said on Wednesday. "The panel rate (judged by a panel of six brokerages) is around W250, but we think it's much nearer W240 at the moment," said a broker. The benchmark trade from Singapore to Japan on 30,000 ton tankes almost touched W300 in June ($19.62 per ton).


SS&Y Pacific & Atlantic Index Drops

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 281 points in the week ending Monday to 5,337. "The Pacific has weakened with tonnage being fixed APS Australia plus ballast bonus by a number of Chinese operators, which has been helped by diluted interest in December stems for trans-Pacific and backhaul routes," SS&Y said. "This has led owners to seek refuge in Richards Bay although rates are headed downwards at present, which hasn't been helped by this movement of vessels


TEN Bags Storage Contract for VLCC

Tsakos Energy Navigation announces storage employment for VLCC vessel; low oil price boosts demand and spot rates and drastically reduces voyage costs   Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN) announced it has won a six month storage contract for a very large crude carrier (VLCC) vessel to an international major for which the minimum proceeds are expected to be in the region of $10 million.   “Accretive transactions like the one announced today is proof of the strong tanker


Asia-Europe Box Freight Rates Slide 23%

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 23 percent to $332 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters.   The current level is widely seen as a loss-making for container shipping companies that transport everything from flat-screen TVs to sportswear from Asia to Northern Europe.  


Asia-Europe Box Rates Plunge 25 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe fell by 24.9 percent to $833 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, one source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. The drop came after the previous week's increase of 177 percent which was a result of most of the major container shipping companies implementing a general rate increase from Aug 1.


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Slump

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 Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could face drop further next week on excess tonnage supply and lower cargo volumes, reports Reuters.   A Singapore based VLCC broker said that there’s no upside. Rates will either be flat or on the downside. There are many more ships than cargo, the broker said.   While ship owners and charterers are expected to conclude more charters later on Friday


Container Shipping Faces Tough 2016 as Rates Plunge 78 pct

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Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe have plummeted 78 percent this year, after posting another drop this week, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. Rates fell 6.9 percent to $271 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week ended on Friday, the person said, down from $1232 at the beginning of the year. It was the second consecutive week of falling freight rates on the world's busiest route


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Steady as Owners Spurn Low Rates

Owners anchoring ships rather than fix at low rates. W. Australia-China capesize rates hit over two-month low. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to hold steady as ship owners resist charterers' attempts to push rates lower amid a dearth of cargo, ship brokers said. "We are reaching a floor, particularly in the Pacific. It's got to the point where owners just won't fix their ships," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday


Hapag-Lloyd Projects Higher FY '17 Earnings

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CEO sees closer supply-demand balance in shipping market; higher earnings forecasts upheld after wider net loss.   German container shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd on Friday said it should achieve higher earnings this year, based on expectations for a moderate increase in freight rates and cost


Baltic Index Falls on Lower Iron Ore Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell 2 percent on Monday as lower demand for iron ore fixtures hit capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


China Resumes Light Cycle Oil Imports

China has resumed imports of light cycle oil (LCO) after buyers cancelled shipments in April, as a planned Chinese consumption tax has not been announced, four industry sources said this week.   Less than 1 million tonnes of LCO are being shipped from South Korea to China in May and June


Baltic Index Slides for 4th Straight Day

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the fourth straight session on Thursday, pressured by lower panamax vessel rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax


Baltic Index Snaps Five-Session Winning Streak

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday after five straight sessions of gains as capesize rates dropped. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels


Asia Tankers-VLCC to Stabilise as Owners Stand Firm

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40 MidEast VLCC cargoes fixed for early April loading.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which have fallen to six-month lows, are likely to hold steady around current levels as owners resist charterers' attempts to push rates lower, brokers said.  


Baltic Index Drops as Cyclone Dampens Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Friday as closure of mines and ports in Australia due to a cyclone weighed on demand for capesize vessels. Cyclone Debbie, which struck Queensland this week


Baltic Index Weighed Down by Soft Capesize Activity

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, edged lower on Monday, hurt by softer capesize activity. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, closed down 15 points or 1


Capesize Rates Further Impacted by Cyclone Debbie

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Coal shipments from eastern Australia could stop for 3-4 weeks.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which fell to multi-week lows this week, are likely to remain depressed in the absence of Australian coal cargoes and iron ore and coal from South Africa


China Iron Ore Imports Drive Bulker Demand

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Chinese iron ore imports will continue to be a key driver for the demand growth in the dry bulk shipping industry for 2017, alongside shipping of grains. This is emphasized by an accumulated growth rate for Q1-2017 of 9.5 percent compared to the same quarter of 2016, according to BIMCO


Iraq's Oil Exports Fall in April Amid Port Work, OPEC Cut

Oil shipments from Iraq's southern terminals have fallen so far in April, according to loading data and an industry source, reflecting a temporary drop in export capacity and Iraqi efforts to comply with OPEC production cuts. OPEC's second-largest producer has curbed output this year as part of


Economic Indicators Pointing Up -BIMCO

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The recent months’ uptick in global indicators, which implies a strengthening in the global economy, is not sufficient for the patient to be discharged yet. The state of the global economy is still uncertain, despite stronger growth dynamics in advanced economies, and not least in China.


ABS Guide Helps Prevent Dropped Objects

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 ABS has provided a systematic approach to dropped object management and prevention.    The new ABS Guide for Dropped Object Prevention for Offshore Units and Installations includes a program of requirements and best practices to protect assets


Container Shipping: New Networks in Focus

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Container shipping: new networks come into focus as the supply side holds the key to improvements   Demand The most recent available data show that demand for the container shipping grew by 2.7 percent in 2016. With the supply side growing by only 1


ABS Addresses Marine and Offshore Industry Challenges

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 ABS held its annual Marine and Offshore Technical Committee Meetings in Houston in early May and addressed industry challenges and sharpen focus on future needs.   “Collaborating with significant and recognized industry leaders representing ship owners, yards, operators






 
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