Better Capesize Rates Filter Down to Smaller Bulkers
Significantly rising rates for Capesize vessels began in late September to spread to Panamax vessels, and gradually also to the smaller vessel types. Citing a recent Sydbank market analysis, Maritime Denmark, notes signs of a noticeably better dry cargo market.
Sydbank senior analyst Jacob Pedersen is cautious in interpreting the current lift as evidence on better times, although he considers one can immediately write off structural overcapacity. Forward rates point to a decline in rates again in the near future - and a seasonally weaker market is expected with significantly lower rates in early 2014. Shipowners' newfound optimism - and there are quite a few orders for new ships - also warns of the need for caution.
Source: Maritime Denmark