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Capesize Rates Post Biggest Weekly Drop in 2 Years

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index fell on Friday and continued to linger around five month lows as the capesize segment recorded its biggest weekly percentage decline in two years. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels that ferry dry bulk commodities, shed 14 points, or 1.23 percent, to 1,125 points, the lowest since Aug. 10, 2017. For the week, the index ended 12 percent lower. The capesize index fell 118 points, or 7.32 percent, to 1,493 points, its lowest since Aug.

Baltic Index Drops to 5-month Low on Sinking Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell nearly 5 percent on Wednesday to its lowest in over five months due to tumbling capesize rates. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, slid 57 points, or 4.7 percent, to close at 1,164 points, the lowest since Aug. 14. The capesize index fell 267 points, or 13.28 percent to 1,743 points, its lowest level since Aug. 9 last year.

Capesize Rates Pull Baltic Index to 4-month Low

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, hit a more than four-month low on Tuesday, as capesize rates dropped to their lowest since August last year. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, lost 43 points, or 3.4 percent, to 1,221 points, the lowest since Sept. The capesize index fell 221 points, or 9.91 percent, to 2,010 points, its lowest level since Aug. 10 last year.

SS&Y Capesize Indices

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 243 points to 5,259 in the week ending May 8. "The Pacific Capesize index fell after the holidays in the Far East, with early vessels becoming the victims of a lack of inquiry," SS&Y said. "A $1 fall on the Queensland/Rotterdam route (120/150,000 ton cargo) was certainly not going to help the index, which witnessed its first serious decline since January," SS&Y added. Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index fell 131 points to 4,786 in the week ending May 8. "The Atlantic Capesize index dived on the back of weaker demand, which softened rates for early tonnage. However, iron ore demand in the Atlantic remained steady and limited the fall in rates to more moderate levels," SS&Y said.

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.

SS&Y Capesize Indices Rise

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 53 points to 4,420 in the week ending Nov. 29. "Increasing pressure on fronthaul rates, particularly for modern tonnage, has brought a firm tone to routes to the Far East, and demand for end December in to the start of 2000 will keep owners optimistic that rates will climb further," SS&Y reported. SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index rose 173 points to 4,455 in the same week. "The Pacific Capesize Index has risen to its highest level since its inception in January 1997 as Chinese inquiry, which has been the prime mover of the recent firmer tone, remained a key feature," SS&Y reported. "It seems quite possible that the firm tone will continue in to the New Year as demand remains healthy," SS&Y added.

SS&Y's Capesize Indices Drop

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 45 points to 4,060 in the week ending Jan. 24. "A fresh decline in the Pacific Capesize Index this week indicated that the market has turned in the charterers' favor. Although we feel that this is only a temporary change in direction," SS&Y reported. "The demand forecasts from Asia and Japan in particular remain bullish towards the back end of the first quarter," SS&Y added. SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index fell 71 points to 4,248 in the same week. "The Atlantic Capesize index lost another 71 points this week and has dropped 213 points since the start of the year, but we feel that this is line with our predictions of some months ago…

SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index Fell 16 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 16 points to 3,250 in the week ending Sept. 20. "The Pacific Capesize index had a disappointing 16 point fall this week, with a five cent drop on trans-Pacific routes an indication of the lack of demand," SS&Y said. "The index is still nearly 1,000 points down on 1997 levels and dipping away from clearing 1998's peak, so cargoes need to start emerging soon if the market is to remain feeling buoyant."

SS&Y Capesize Indices Mixed

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 16 points to 4,444 in the week ending Dec. 13. "Rates in the Pacific have remained on or around previous levels despite increased tonnage availability and light fixing in the region," SS&Y reported. SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 146 points to 4,571 in the same week. "Despite limited activity, tight Atlantic tonnage lifted trans-Atlantic rates accordingly," SS&Y reported.

SS&Y Pacific Capesize Index Rises 179 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 179 points to 4,378 in the week ending Oct. 18. "After last week's record rise (912 points), the Pacific Capesize index has continued on a more moderate upward path this week," an SS&Y spokesperson said. "Current Pacific trade and activity looks steady with the volume of Japanese and Chinese cargoes remaining strong, but Atlantic direction cargoes are not holding as high a premium as trans-Pacific, although brokers feel that this could alter soon," he added.

SS&Y Capesize Indices

SS&Y Pacific And Atlantic Capesize Indices Drop Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 45 points to 5,284 in the week ending March 27. "The Pacific sector remains tight, with owners gaining firm rates in a positional market," SS&Y said. "Tonnage is scarce for early positions, allowing owners to play a stronger hand," SS&Y added. SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index fell 85 points to 5,179 in the same week. "The fall in this week's index was due to rates obtainable for Richards Bay/Rotterdam and Bolivar/Rotterdam, down to around $10 and the mid $7 respectively," SS&Y said. "However, there is a firm belief that the market will remain strong, with South Korea in particular still an area of heavy demand for capers from the Atlantic," SS&Y added.

Freight Rates Dip For First Time This Month

The Baltic indices indicated perhaps some changing conditions in the dry cargo market, with the Baltic Capesize Index falling for the first time this month on evidence of weaker conditions in the Far east and South Africa. The panamax index, however, took up the forward running on the basis of firmer rates conceded by charterers in the north Atlantic and the Pacific, they added. The Baltic Freight Index (BFI) rose nine points to 1,406, the Baltic Panamax Index gained 15 points to 1,350, and the Baltic Handy Index was up three points to 962, but the Baltic Capesize Index slipped two points to 1,899.

SS&Y Atlantic Index Up, Pacific Index Down

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 162 points in the week ending Monday to 5,700. "Capesize rates strengthened overall by the middle of last week with rates from Richards Bay for October particularly strong, with fronthaul activity also firmer," SS&Y said. SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index fell 11 points in the week ending Monday to 5,475. "The Pacific market saw a marginal re-balancing of tonnage supply in the charterers favor on certain positions," SS&Y said.

SS&Y Indicies Rise

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 102 points in the week ending Monday to 5,828. "Tonnage in the Pacific remained in tight supply," SS&Y said. "The index continues to march towards 6,000 and if the trend line of the past five months is maintained we will cross this mark by mid-November," SS&Y added. Its Atlantic Capesize Index rose 30 points in the week ending Monday to 5,926. "The 30-point gain shows that the market remains very firm," SS&Y said.

SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index Rises 912 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 912 points in the week ending Monday to 4,199. Problems with a dedicated vessel loading at Richards Bay for South Korea, along with increased Japanese activity, produced a firmer Pacific market, which saw a strong gain in the Pacific index, SS&Y officials reported, adding that several of the index's component routes firmed to over $2 a ton.

SS&Y Capesize Indices Fall

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 32 points to 4,346 in the week ending Oct. 25. "Despite a 32 point decline in the index, there seems to be continued buoyancy for cargoes into Japan and China for November positions, and Hyundai 161,000 dwt Capesizes broker $20,000 daily for trips into the Far East," an SS&Y spokesperson said. "Some vessels were fixed and failed as rates generally eased back over last week, and with sufficient tonnage to satisfy demand in the Pacific, rates could face a possible softening this week," he added. SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index also dropped last week, falling 60 points to 4,460.

SS&Y Capesize Indices Mixed

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index fell 27 points to 4,428 in the week ending Dec. 6. "A flat week led to a dip of 27 points as the Queensland/Rotterdam route fell 40 cents while routes to Beilun strengthened," SS&Y reported. "Forecast for seaborne trade in steam and coking coal and iron ore look bullish for 2000. A slow first quarter will be turned around by the second quarter for an optimistic 2000 for owners," SS&Y added. SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index rose five points to 4,425 last week. "The index had a flat week rising just five points but average earnings for a standard Capesize vessel (161,000 dwt) across the four BCI routes, have risen by 65.7 percent to $16,204 daily from their second quarter low," SS&Y reported.

SS&Y Atlantic Capesize Index Climbs 226 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 226 points to 4,367 in the week ending Nov. 22. "Gains of between five and 40 cents on many routes lifted the index this week, and Richards Bay remains active with several stems still uncovered for December," SS&Y reported.

SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index Rises 186 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 186 points to 3,868 in the week ending Oct. 4. "The upward curve of the index remained steep this week due to the steady flow of new Atlantic inquiry," SS&Y reported. "Owners are beginning to feel positive, with prompt tonnage being fixed and cargo pressure adding to the bullishness," SS&Y added.

SS&Y's Pacific Capesize Index Rises 37 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 37 points to 3,287 in the week ending Sept. 27. "Cargoes uncovered for October helped to steady rates and even saw a slight improvement in places, which led to a modest 37 point gain in this week's index," SS&Y reported.

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.

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.

SS&Y Capesize Indices Both Rise

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Pacific Capesize Index rose 76 points in the week ending Monday to 5,060. "The index rose back above the psychological 5,000 barrier despite a relatively quiet week," SS&Y said. "Japanese steel production was down on last month's highs but still remains a force to be reckoned with and South Africa is drawing tonnage away from the Pacific, giving further cause for optimism amongst owners." Meanwhile, its Atlantic Capesize Index rose 18 points in the week ending Monday to 5,162. "Few new cargo stems came to the market over the last week but one cannot discount the steady tone of the rates despite this," SS&Y said.

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