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Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday. "There's too many ships in the Pacific. There's a lot of ballasters (empty ships) sailing to Brazil," a Singapore-based ship broker said. Capesize freight rates from Australia to China could fall to around $5-$5.20 a tonne next week on this overcapacity, with rates from Brazil to China at $12.50 to $12.75 a tonne, a Shanghai-based capesize broker said on Thursday. While major charterers including Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton were active this week, just a handful of spot iron ore cargoes were concluded with virtually no coal fixtures. A raft of transatlantic coal and iron ore cargoes helped push capesize rates to their highest level in eight months in early August, but this business has evaporated causing spot freight rates to steadily fall. "Coal used to be the all-important dry bulk commodity," said Peter Sand, chief shipping analyst at shipping industry lobby group BIMCO. The steam coal trade between China and South Africa, which accounted for 8 percent of China's steam coal imports in 2013, has disappeared due to the overall decline in China's coal imports and a greater proportion of volumes from Australia and Indonesia


Asia Tankers: VLCC Rates Steady on Drip-fed Cargoes

Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to maintain the current levels next week as charterers drip-feed cargoes for August loading into an overtonnaged market, ship brokers said.   "There is quite a negative outlook... we may be close to the bottom. We do expect a lull at this time of the year," a Singapore-based VLCC broker said on Friday.   Shipowners are holding the line on the expectation that there will be a lot more volume to work next week.


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Likely to Remain Flat

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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.


Excess Tonnage Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

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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.


Iran Rents More Tankers

According to reports, the Norwegian ship brokers confirmed that the National Iranian Tanker Co. has chartered two more very large crude carriers to store unprocessed crude oil. The latest bookings raise NITC's floating storage capacity to 18.4m barrels, sources said Iran already has seven very large crude carriers under contract for use as storage. Source: Big News Network


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Rise in Short Term

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Shipowners seeking $10 per tonne from Brazil-China; dry cargo demand to remain subdued this year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes may firm up next week on increased chartering activity, tighter tonnage supply and possible port disruption caused by bad weather in China, ship brokers said on Thursday. "The general consensus is there will be an improvement in rates next week," a Singapore-based capesize broker said.


Asia Tankers-VLCCs Rates Ease as Tanker Jams Fade

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Port congestion eases at Basra and Chinese ports; tanker demand set to expand on lower oil prices. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), hurt by slower-than-usual release of cargo, could slip further next week as more tonnage becomes available with the easing of recent tanker traffic jams in China, ship brokers said on Friday. Charter rates from the Middle East to Japan slipped to a six-month low on Thursday, falling by 12 Worldscale points or almost $14,000 since April 21


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Strengthen on June Charters

30-40 Mid-East VLCC cargoes still to be contracted for June; Posidonia shipping event next week in Greece may dampen activity. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could rise next week as charterers complete their June loading programme, although activity may be muted due to a key shipping event in Greece, ship brokers said. "There is potential for charter rates to firm further. There are plenty of ships but there are enough charters for owners to hold the line


Asia Tankers-VLCC Steady After Bumping Four-Month High

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Power struggle breaks out between between owners and charterers; West Africa cargoes hit a monthly record. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which surged to a four-month high on Thursday, to hold steady as ship owners await the release of November cargoes, ship brokers said on Friday. "There's a power struggle going on between owners and charterers," said a European supertanker broker on Friday.


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.


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


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Climb as Asian Refiners Restock

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Rates to climb to around W65 from MidEast to Asia; W70 from West Africa.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to rise further as Asian refiners rebuild inventories after plants were reactivated following maintenance outages, brokers said on Friday.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Set to Climb Again

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Capesize rates hit new multi-month highs this week; BHP and FMG likely to renew chartering activity next week.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-month highs on Tuesday, could climb further on increased chartered activity by miners


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.  


VLCC Rates to Remain Weak on Output, Tonnage Woes

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to a near six-month low on Thursday, will remain weak until the Asian refinery maintenance season gets completed, starting April-end.   "I haven't seen a collapse in rates like this for some time


Asia Tankers-VLCC Weighed by Excess Tonnage

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MidEast, West Africa rates diverge; oil output curbs in Iraq and West Africa could weigh on tanker market.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are likely to remain under pressure with hire rates from the Middle East to Asia tracking lower in the face of excess tonnage in


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb Again

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Number of spot capesize cargoes double from January levels; Pacific capesize earnings now around $14,000 per day.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-month highs this week, are set to jump further next week on tight tonnage supply and


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Falling as Tonnage Outweighs Demand

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Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to five-month lows this week, are set to drop further as excess tonnage and an absence of port congestion weigh on the market, brokers said.   Supertanker charter rates, which are already below the breakeven levels for ship


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Slide Further

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Around 30 VLCC charters in Feb so far, versus 50 last month. About 40 refinery facilities to close for maintenance.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which fell to multi-week lows on Thursday, could slip further as refinery maintenance in Asia weighs on cargo volumes


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Up on Increased Traffic

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Record iron ore prices fuelling capesize chartering boom; freight rates rise by around $1 per tonne in a week.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes, which hit multi-week highs on Wednesday, are set to continue to climb next week on buoyant iron ore cargo


Cambodia Study Looks at Port Data Exchange

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 A feasibility study to look into the possible expansion of the Northeast Asia Logistics Information Service Network (NEAL-NET) is being undertaken in Cambodia, as part of a project co-funded by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and China.   


Asia, Mideast Product Tankers Idled on Oversupply

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Lower product shipments from India, Mideast; diesel comes off floating storage, frees up ships.   Dozens of tankers used to carry refined oil products are sitting idle in Asia and the Middle East as slow trade and an oversupply of ships have cut daily earnings to as little as a fifth of


Rare Gasoline Exports Underway from Bloated East Coast Stocks

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Traders prep rare East Coast gasoline exports; cargoes already sailing with exported distillates.   Traders are preparing to export cargoes of coveted gasoline from the U.S. East Coast after months of heavy importing and local production swamped the region.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates could Diverge on Market Conditions

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Australia-China rates could climb on improved weather. Brazil-China rates to hold steady, fall on lack of charters.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes could diverge next week with rates from Australia to China rebounding on improved weather


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold Steady

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25 MidEast cargoes still to be fixed; VLCC rates fall to 4-month low.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a four-month low on Thursday, are likely to hold around current levels or nudge higher as charterers fix the final charters in February's loading






 
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