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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 69,406 dwt Anangel Progress, shows a slightly lower negotiated level. The Anangel Progress is scheduled for delivery Continent just before mid-March and is chartered for a three to five month trading contract at $10,900 daily, said shipbrokers. In contrast, a positive fixture has been reported for the US Gulf to Japan heavy grain Panamax benchmark route. Shipbrokers reported that the 1999 built 74,002 dwt Far Eastern Queen has been booked to transport a 54,000 ton heavy grain cargo at $22.80 per ton basis no combination destination ports. Loading is due between the end of March and start of April. — (Reuters)


Atlantic Panamax Rates Soften, Fixtures Lay Low

Sentiment for the Atlantic panamax freight market may be softening while fixture rates stay on the low side, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. "It may be settled in the (Far) East but panamax freight in the Atlantic looks softer as there are still lower rates being reported," said one London-based broker. The majority of routes quoted on the overall Baltic Panamax Index rose by three points on Tuesday to 1,309 - but the transatlantic round voyage timecharter route, a key element of the Index


Tanker Earnings Hold Steady

Atlantic Panamax earnings were given a brief respite from the steady erosion of freight rates that has dogged the sector for the past three weeks, shipbrokers said. Brokers felt that freight rates had hit rock bottom, giving Atlantic Panamax returns one last chance to surge before the end of the year. The Baltic Exchange reported that charterer GIC paid $20.85 for an unnamed vessel on the key U.S. Gulf to Japan grain route, which was above last done levels that reached $20


Spinnaker Reveals Radical Pay Changes

Maritime recruitment specialist, Spinnaker Consulting, has warned that radical pay structure changes for UK shipbrokers are resulting in brokers wanting to move out of competitive broking. As part of an in-depth salary survey covering 320 UK brokers, Spinnaker found that base salary pay structures are increasingly giving way to flexible bonus-based structures for competitive shipbrokers. As salary based pay still predominates among principals' brokers


Atlantic Rates Set To Move Higher

Panamax fixtures for end-March loading dates supported forecasts that Atlantic rates are set to move higher, shipbrokers said. But although the Capesize move to higher ground removed resistance against a prolonged Panamax uptrend, spreading foot- and-mouth disease is threatening to dampen dry bulk spring bullishness, they added. They said that reports that the disease in Britain and France may affect European grain exports was disturbing.


Panamax Operators Move Past Seasonal Freight Rate Slump

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


Atlantic Panamax Rates Take A Step Back

Sentiment on the Atlantic panamax market turned weaker albeit with unchanged freight rates, while most Pacific rates now appeared to be flattening out, shipbrokers said on Thursday. Average Pacific prices as reported on the Baltic Panamax Index climbed only marginally, while Atlantic routes were shaved back one point to 1,435. Shipbrokers said the main panamax activity remained in the Far East with rates for backhaul charter still rising.


Panamax Trades Firm

Freight rates for Panamaxes trading the Pacific remained firm due to a flurry of business ahead of the Lunar New year, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. In the Far East, owners of larger Panamax sizes have been negotiating firm returns recently and continue to do so. Chinese charterers told shipbrokers that business there will grind to a halt between January 24 and 30 in observance of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Brokers added that the impending holiday will start to affect the Panamax


SS&Y Indices Fall

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 54 points and its Atlantic Capesize Index fell 79 points in the week ending Monday to 5,123.


Crude-Tanker Surplus Shrinks to Eight-Week Low: Survey

The surplus of supertankers competing to load 2 million-barrel shipments of Middle East crude oil shrank to an eight-week low. There are 7.5 percent more vessels for hire over the next 30 days than there are likely cargoes, according to the median estimate of six shipbrokers and owners surveyed by Bloomberg News today. That’s the lowest level since Jan. 31 and compares with a 12 percent excess a week ago. (Bloomberg).


BP Sends US Diesel to Australia

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Second such cargo in a year - traders; cargo loads from Cherry Point, heading to Botany Bay. Oil major BP Plc is shipping diesel from the United States to Australia in an unusual shipping flow, several industry sources told Reuters on Thursday.  


Asia's Booming Diesel Market Draws Rare European Cargoes

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Rare cargoes booked out of Europe to Asia, Middle East; Indian demand, refinery maintenance boost Asian prices.   Oil traders are shipping diesel out of Europe to Asia and the Middle East where strong demand and tighter supplies have boosted prices


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Supported by Floating Storage

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Trafigura hires five VLCCs to store oil; short-term storage a profitable play.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could creep higher as more ships are chartered for floating storage and crude oil shipments increase ahead of the northern winter, brokers said.  


Frontline Expects VLCC Storage Play to Rise

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Tanker firm Frontline, controlled by billionaire investor John Fredriksen, expects a growing number of supertankers to be used for storing crude in anticipation of higher oil prices, its chief executive told Reuters on Friday.   While none of Frontline's own vessels are currently used for


Abu Dhabi Port Eases Restrictions on Tankers Going to and from Qatar

Abu Dhabi port authorities have eased restrictions on oil tankers going to and from Qatar, according to industry sources and shipping circulars seen by Reuters on Wednesday. Abu Dhabi Petroleum Ports Authority issued a new circular on Wednesday removing previous restrictions on non-Qatar owned


Baltic Exchange Names Sykes Chief Commercial Officer

 The Baltic Exchange has appointed a new chief commercial officer; Janet Sykes, former head of communications at shipping services provider Clarksons Platou, will join the Baltic Exchange on July 3.   Sykes worked at Clarksons Platou between 2010 and 2017 where she was responsible for


Sovcomflot Launches LNG-Powered Ships

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Russia’s biggest tanker operator will launch four new vessels in 2018 that will run on liquefied natural gas (LNG), Bloomberg reported.   Sovcomflot’s Aframax ships, capable of carrying 600,000 barrels of oil through the Baltic Sea to the port of Rotterdam


Austal Starts Building High-speed Ferry for Denmark

Mols Chairman Frantz Palludan and Austal CEO David Singleton at First Plate-Cutting for Express 4 at Austals Shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia (Photo: Austal)

Australian shipbuilder Austal said it has started construction on a 109-meter high-speed catamaran ferry Express 4 for Molslinjen of Denmark, with the first plate-cutting conducted at Austal’s shipyard in Western Australia.   Molslinjen Chairman


Baltic Exchange Chief Outlines Growth Plan

Newly appointed Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Mark Jackson has set out the Exchange’s vision of the near-future in a wide-ranging speech in Singapore during the concurrent MPA Singapore Maritime and Singapore Iron Ore Weeks. “The recent acquisition of the Baltic Exchange by the


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


BIMCO, ICS Start E-learning Courses

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 The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (the Institute) and BIMCO are pleased to announce the start of a new venture combining BIMCO’s state of the art eLearning courses and the Institute’s global engagement with students.  


Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Pressured Abundant Tonnage

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Capesize rates from Western Australia to China at 8-week high; shipowners parking ships off South Africa to stop rates falling.   Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo vessels on key Asian routes could remain rangebound next week as abundant tonnage puts a ceiling on freight rates even


Tanker Market: Sun Sets on Japan Dirty Imports

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 The Japanese refining industry has been experiencing challenging circumstances for a number of years, with significant rationalisation of refining capacity, according to Weekly Tanker Market Report by Gibson Shipbrokers.   Reform in the Japanese refining sector is not a particularly


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


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






 
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