Baltic Dry News

18 Jun 2019

Concern Over Trade Wars Impacts Shipping Confidence

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Confidence in the shipping industry has fallen marginally over the past three months, largely as a result of ongoing concern over trade wars and increased regulation, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from leading shipping adviser and accountant BDO.The average confidence level in the three months to May 2019 was 6.1 out of a possible maximum of 10.0. This is slightly down on the figure of 6.2 recorded in February 2019.Confidence was up in Asia, from 5.8 to 6.0, and in North America, from 5.6 to 6.4.

12 Mar 2019

Brazilian Soya Bean Exports Soar

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According to a research note from BIMCO, Brazilian soya bean exports are up 85.2% in the first two months of 2019, this following a record high exports in 2018 of 83.6 million tonnes, which was a 22.7% increase from 2017.According to BIMCO, 2019 has seen the highest ever export of soya bean during the month of February. Exports totaled 6.1 million tonnes, a 112.6% increase from the 2.9 million tonnes exported in February 2018. Strong demand, in particular from China, the world’s largest soya bean importer…

25 Jan 2019

Global Shipping Rates Slump

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Freight rates for dry-bulk and container ships, carriers of most of the world's raw materials and finished goods, have plunged over the last six months in the latest sign the global economy is slowing significantly.The Baltic Dry Index, measure of ship transport costs for materials like iron ore and coal, has fallen by 47 percent since mid-2018, when a trade dispute between the United States and China resulted in the world's two biggest economies slapping import tariffs on each other's goods.Dry-bulk commodities are taken as a leading economic indicator…

03 Jan 2019

Moore Stephens: Leaner, Greener Shipping Will Attract Investment in 2019

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Accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says shipping will continue to attract investors in 2019 if it fulfills its ESG (environmental, social and governance) responsibilities.In the latest issue of Bottom Line, the Moore Stephens shipping sector newsletter, Richard Greiner, a partner in the firm’s Shipping & Transport team, says, “It has been suggested that the future is very much like the present, only longer. Should that prove to be the case for the shipping industry…

28 Jun 2018

Shipping Industry Confidence Holds Firm: Moore Stephens

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Shipping confidence held steady in the three months to end-May 2018 according to the latest Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. The average confidence level expressed by respondents was unchanged at the four-year high of 6.4 out of 10.0 recorded in February 2018. Confidence on the part of owners was also sustained at a four-year high, of 6.6, while managers’ confidence was up from 6.4 to 6.7. The rating for charterers was up to 6.7 from 5.0 and confidence in the broking sector was up from 6.1 to 6.3.

01 Feb 2018

Baltic Exchange Main Index to Drop Handysize T/C Average

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The Baltic Exchange says from March 1, 2018, the Baltic Dry Index, its main sea freight index, which typically factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, will no longer include the handysize time charter average. The Exchange furthmore said the index will be re-weighted to the following ratios of timecharter assessments: 40 percent capesize, 30 percent panamax and 30 percent supramax. The contribution of the various dry bulk vessel types to the dry bulk market was 40 percent capesize…

11 Jan 2018

Baltic Exchange to Develop LNG Freight Index

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The Baltic Exchange is looking into launching a freight index for liquefied natural gas (LNG) and is working with leading ship brokers to explore potential shipping routes that might be used as the LNG market grows, the company said on Thursday. Founded in 1744 as a forum for chartering vessels, the Baltic Exchange now produces benchmark indexes for global shipping rates, including ones used by the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market. Singapore Exchange acquired the exchange in 2016 and since then the Baltic has been looking for new markets to develop.

04 Jan 2018

Moore Stephens: Optimism to Outweigh Shipping Pessimism in 2018

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International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens expects optimism to triumph over pessimism in the shipping industry during the next 12 months. Writing in the latest issue of Bottom Line, the newsletter of the Moore Stephens shipping industry group, partner Richard Greiner says, “According to a recent study, pessimists live longer than optimists, and shipping is short of neither. But the industry has always valued longevity as well as new blood, and it certainly ended 2017 in more optimistic mood than it closed the previous year.

19 Dec 2017

Shipping Confidence Rises to 3.5 Year High -Survey

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Shipping confidence held steady at its highest rating in the past three-and-a-half years in the three months to end-November 2017, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. The average confidence level expressed by respondents was unchanged at the level of 6.2 out of 10 recorded in the previous survey in August 2017. Confidence on the part of charterers was significantly up, from 4.7 to 7.7, the highest…

28 Sep 2017

Shipping Operating Costs Declining -Report

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Total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 1.1 percent in 2016, says international accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens. This compares with the 2.4 percent average fall in costs recorded for 2015. For the second successive year, all categories of expenditure were down on those for the previous 12-month period, most notably for insurance costs and stores. The findings are set out inMoore Stephens’ ship operating costs benchmarking tool OpCost 2017…

31 Aug 2017

DVB Bank Losses on Shipping

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DVB, the specialist in international shipping finance, reported a consolidated net loss before taxes of EUR 506.3 million in the first six months of 2017 (previous year: net income of EUR 14.1 million). Given persistent oil price uncertainty, oil and gas companies have continued to reduce their exploration and production spending, which has further curtailed demand for offshore vessels and equipment. Shipowners remain under pressure from low charter rates and competition for employment.

16 Aug 2017

Fog Lifts as Maersk CEO Remains Upbeat

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Container shipping fundamentals at best since 2010 - CEO. Denmark's A.P. Moller Maersk gave an upbeat outlook for container shipping on Wednesday, lifting its shares by more than 4.5 percent as investors looked beyond one-off second-quarter charges. Maersk has been hit by low oil prices at its energy arm and sliding prices in its shipping business in recent years due to lacklustre global trade and a glut of available ships for hire. But its chief executive Soren Skou, who has staked his future on Maersk as a transport business…

21 Jun 2017

Shipping Confidence Climbs to Three-year High

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Shipping confidence reached its equal highest rating in the past three years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey for the three months to end-May 2017 from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. The average confidence level expressed by respondents to the survey was up to 6.1 out of 10 from the 5.6 recorded in the previous survey in February 2017. Increased confidence was recorded by all main categories of respondent to the survey, which launched in May 2008 with an overall confidence rating of 6.8.

05 May 2017

Crude Oil Tanker Demolition Bucking the Trend -BIMCO

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Four very large crude carriers (VLCC) have been sold for demolition since October 2016, matching the number of VLCCs sold for demolition in the preceding two years, according to BIMCO. Most recently the 1999-built double-hull VLCC with the framing name Good News returned $15.5 million to the ship owner, as demolition prices have reached levels not seen since first half of 2015 ($400 per ltd). “January struck an upbeat tone for demolition in all sectors, but the overall pace of fleet renewal, via demolition, has slowed down since then,” said BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst Peter Sand.

25 Apr 2017

Demolition Activity Weakens as BDI Moves Higher

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After the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) had its seasonal weakness around the Chinese New Year in early February, stronger-than-expected demand came from across the board and lifted freight rates, says BIMCO market analysis of Dry Cargo. This brought earnings into profitable levels for a couple of days, as the BDI passed 1,282 on 27 March 2017. If earnings are at profitable levels now, how come BIMCO’s Road to Recovery keeps mentioning 2018 and 2019? That’s because it focuses on full year profits for all dry bulk segments. That would require a full year where the average BDI is above 1,280.

05 Apr 2017

Baltic Index Posts Biggest Daily Drop in 2 Months

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, registered its biggest one-day percentage fall in about two months, primarily on weaker rates for capesize bulk carriers. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, fell for the fifth consecutive session on Wednesday. The Baltic dry index fell 2.55 percent, or 32 points, to 1,223 points - its biggest daily percentage fall since Feb. The capesize index lost 153 points, or 6.42 percent, at 2,229 points.

02 Jan 2017

BIMCO: What Shipping Market can Expect for 2017

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The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast the lowest level of global GDP growth since 2009. 2017 will see another year of die-hard competition, which now includes tankers. In 2016, the container shipping industry bit the bullet in terms of demolition and consolidation to help the market to recover. The dry bulk sector needs to copy that approach. The longer global economic growth remains weak and lacks investment, the lower future growth potential for shipping.

15 Dec 2016

Asian Bulk Fleet Gains Value in 2016

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In what has been a very difficult year for dry bulk, the values of regional fleets have changed quite a bit over 2016. Despite the down market, the Asian fleet is 7 percent more valuable at the end of the year. Since the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) low of 290 points in February this year, the index has recovered to above 1200 points. Asian owners have spent $1.6 billion on secondhand vessels, 27.5 percent of global spending throughout the year. Taking delivery of 303 of the 759 bulkers built this year means their average age has fallen by almost a year.

14 Nov 2016

Dry Bulk’s Biggest Spenders

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In the last month, we have seen the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) recover to the same level it was 12 months ago (see circles in fig.1). Vessel values have started to firm, but not at the same rate and are still at historically low levels. In the last 12 months, contrarian owners have taken advantage of the low values and have been buying cheap tonnage. With hindsight, this looks to have paid off with many values having increased above the purchase price. This article takes a look at which dry bulk owners have been buying the most in the last year.

31 Oct 2016

Japan Shippers Merger Ambitious?

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The problem in the proposed merger of Japan's three biggest shipping companies (Nippon Yusen, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha) is, that synergy number looks ambitious - and if it falls short, the players haven't really improved their position much, says Bloomberg. A business is rarely more than the sum of its parts. That's a problem for anyone hoping that combining Japan's big three container-shipping lines will produce a stronger company and the world's sixth-biggest line. The joint venture would see savings of more than $1bln a year.

19 Oct 2016

Moore Stephens: 4th Straight Year of Operating Costs Decline

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International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 2.4% in 2015. This compares with the 0.8% average fall in costs recorded for 2014, and is the fourth successive overall year-on-year reduction in such costs. All categories of expenditure were down on those for the previous 12-month period. This suggests continued pragmatic management of costs by ship owners and operators, as well as a reduction in active trading for some owners as a result of the prolonged worldwide economic downturn.

07 Oct 2016

No Reprieve for Multipurpose Shipping Until 2018: Drewry

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The last three months have been some of the worst the multipurpose and project carrier sector has endured in living memory. The breakbulk and project cargo sector remain weak, with little suggestion that volumes will improve significantly until the end of 2017, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Rates have continued to slide to barely cover operating expenses, as the competing sectors of container ships and bulk carriers have weakened the MPV market ever further in their search for market share.

14 Sep 2016

Hanjin-chartered Ships Sold, More on Block

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Three bulk carriers sold charter-free at about market rates. Two Hanjin container ships also up for sale. Three ships chartered to Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd have been sold and two more vessels are up for sale, ship brokers said on Wednesday, kicking off an asset sale sparked by the failure of the world's seventh largest container shipper. Around $14 billion of cargo has been tied up globally as ports, tugboat operators and cargo handling firms worried about not being paid refuse to work for Hanjin, which filed for receivership in a Seoul court on Aug 31.

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