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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)


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.


Online Bulk Shipping Exchange Will Transform Market

An online shipping exchange being set up by two of the world's biggest oil firms, a leading agrifood multinational and top shipbroker will transform the way traditional shipping markets work, industry experts said. The company, LevelSeas.com, being set up by oil majors BP Amoco and Shell International Trading and Shipping with food processor and distributor Cargill and shipbroker Clarksons, will potentially control 10 percent of bulk commodity movements right from the beginning.


Houlder Sells Holdings In Tanker Broker Panel

Houlder Sells Holdings In Tanker Broker Panel Shipbroker Howard Houlder (Chartering) Ltd. has sold its shareholdings in the London Tanker Broker Panel back to the other five members of the rate-setting group, panel managing director Robert Porter said. "Howard Houlder is no longer a panel member," Porter said. "Houlder said it wished to leave and the other panelists exercised their pre-emption rights to buy the shares back."


Galbraith’s Appoints Hubbard Managing Director

International shipbroker and consultant Galbraith’s Ltd has appointed Nick Hubbard as its new managing director. Hubbard has twenty-five years’ experience as a shipbroker, most recently as a senior director and major shareholder at Howe Robinson Shipbrokers in London. He said, “This is an exciting opportunity for me. Galbraith’s is an internationally known and highly respected company which operates with a strong team ethic and has more than its share of high-performing


Baltic Exchange Appoint Guy Campbell Chairman

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Guy Campbell of the China Navigation Company has been appointed by the Baltic Exchange Board of Directors as Chairman for a two year term of office. He replaces Quentin Soanes who served as Chairman from 2012. Welcoming the appointment, Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Jeremy Penn said: 

“The Baltic Exchange will benefit enormously from the breadth of knowledge of Guy Campbell who knows our business well with experience as both a principal and a shipbroker.”


Williams Joins Braemar Seascope Research Team

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Global shipbroker Braemar Seascope Ltd has underlined its commitment to delivering top quality market data and analysis by welcoming a new Research Manager to its London-based research team. Joining the research department is Mark Williams, an economist and consultant. Mark is a proven communicator and strategist and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of the shipping markets. He has been tasked with reorganizing and boosting the capture


SS&Y Capesize Indices Fall

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 125 points to 4,293 in the week ending Dec. 29. "The final Pacific Capesize Index of 1999 brought a slight tinge of disappointment for owners," SS&Y reported. SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index fell 87 points to 4,532 in the same week. "The 87 point drop in the index won't have been unexpected due to the seasonal effect of holidays on demand," SS&Y reported


Tankers Pressured By Low Rates, High Costs

Oil tankers are reportedly being squeezed by low freight rates and high fuel costs, and some older ships may be heading for the scrapyard. An OPEC cut in oil production combined with reduced demand and high bunker fuel prices makes it difficult for even older tankers with little financial commitment to break-even, according to a report by shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young.


SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index Rises 148 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 148 points to 3,682 in the week ending Sept. 27. "A rise of 148 points in this week's index indicates the firmness of underlying demand, with trips bound for the Pacific firming considerably," SS&Y reported, adding that the ever-firming bunker price was a large contributing factor to the overall price.


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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