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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.

Dry Bulk Freight Market Recovery Slows

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The global dry bulk freight market, crippled by oversupply but seeing signs of renewed activity, is expected to take at least a year to hit the road to recovery, according to the latest Platts survey of shipping market participants. This inaugural Platts Dry Bulk Market Survey was conducted in July and involved more than 100 dry bulk market participants, with respondents including shipowners, ship-operators, charterers, shipbrokers and analysts. Those polled represented all dry bulk segments across the Capesize, Panamax, Supramax and Handysize markets.

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.

Norden Renegotiates C/P's as Low Rates Bite

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Danish shipping company D/S Norden has renegotiated charter agreements for nine vessels with their Japanese owners in reaction to record low dry bulk freight rates. The company has made a one-off payment of $51.5 million in return for a reduction in future time-charter payments to $62 million in the next four years, saving it $10.5 million, it said in a statement on Thursday. "We have similar time-charter contracts where we could renegotiate contracts," Executive Vice President Martin Badsted told Reuters. Reporting by Ole Mikkelsen

Fifth Consecutive Record Year for Antwerp

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The port of Antwerp has achieved a record freight volume for the fifth straight year in a row. In 2017 the port handled 223,606,610 tonnes of freight, an increase of 4.4% compared with the previous year. Practically all sectors turned in an excellent performance: the container volume expanded in tonnage by 4.3% (123 million tonnes), liquid bulk such as oil derivatives by 5.7% (73.1 million tonnes), and conventional breakbulk such as steel by 4.8% (10.3 million tonnes), while ro/ro completed the growth list with 10.5% (5.1 million tonnes).

Miserable Start for Dry Bulk Shipping

Graphics: BIMCO

The global production of steel dropped in 2015 compared to 2014, to a larger extent outside China, as China exported its surplus of steel to destinations across the globe; it is too complex to single out whether this is positive or negative for the seaborne dry bulk transport demand, says BIMCO. Going forward, the Chinese steel industry is set to grow its global market share, currently at 50%. Depending on domestic steel consumption in China, use of domestically mined iron ore and profitability in the steel industry, the dry bulk market will be impacted.

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.

G E Shipping Sells Supramax

Photo: The Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd.

India’s largest private sector shipping company  Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited (G E Shipping) has contracted to sell its 2003 built Supramax Dry Bulk Carrier Jag Rahul of about 52,364 dwt. G E Shipping said that the vessel will be delivered to the new buyer in Q4 FY 2017-18. The Company’s current fleet (including Jag Rahul) stands at 48 vessels, comprising 32 tankers (12crude carriers, 17 product tankers, 3 LPG carrier) and 16 dry bulk carriers (1 Capesize, 8 Kamsarmax, 7 Supramax) with an average age of 10.24 years aggregating 3.93 mn dwt.

Japan Shipyard Orders Continue Decline

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In December 2014, orders of Japan yard fell 37% year on year, says Japan Ship Exporters’ Association (JSEA). Japanese shipyards specialize in building dry bulk carriers. JSEA member yards secured 24 export orders totaling 1,215,100gt in December 2014 which was down from 44 export orders compared to the previous year. In December, the orders showed an improvement from November 2014 when JSEA members received 10 orders totaling 338,750gt. The orders include one general cargo ship…

Recent strength in dry bulk shipping to be short-lived - Drewry

Rahul leads dry bulk research at Drewry and is the editor of Drewry’s flagship publications Photo Drewry

Drewry forecasts dry bulk freight rates in 2016 will be, on average, lower than in 2015, as the medium-to-long term fundamentals for dry bulk shipping will remain challenging, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The dry bulk sector has seen a period of recovery in recent months based on higher iron ore, coal and grain trade. The boom in iron ore trade that has resulted in record exports out of Australia…

Recent Strength in Dry Bulk Shipping to be Short-Lived

Graph: Drewry Maritime Research

Drewry forecasts dry bulk freight rates in 2016 will be, on average, lower than in 2015, as the medium-to-long term fundamentals for dry bulk shipping will remain challenging, according to the latest edition of the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. The dry bulk sector has seen a period of recovery in recent months based on higher iron ore, coal and grain trade. The boom in iron ore trade that has resulted in record exports out of Australia…

APM Terminals Poti to Build Cargo Terminal

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APM Terminals Poti and Poti New Terminals Consortium signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a USD 100 million dollar investment in a new bulk cargo terminal that can process 1.5 million tons of dry bulk cargo annually and generate new trade opportunities for customers in the Georgian transit corridor. The new terminal is expected to be built on APM Terminals Poti land and infrastructure and will entail the construction, development and operation of a new breakwater, dry bulk cargo terminal and related infrastructure to serve bulk cargo customers.

Dry Bulk Shipping Record Low a Warning for Global Economy

A slump in dry bulk shipping is set to worsen as the meltdown in global commodities and too many ships free for hire rock the sector used by investors to gauge the health of world trade. Slower coal and iron ore demand from China - the world's biggest industrial importer - have battered the dry bulk sector, already in the midst of its worst ever downturns that is expected to extend well into next year. This week the Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index , which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities and seen by investors as a forward-looking indicator of global industrial activity, plunged to an all-time low. A slump in oil and other commodity prices, due to slowing Chinese demand, has widely been seen as one of the reasons for U.S.

Capesize Values Drag but Earnings Set to Rebound

Dry bulk asset values dropped sharply in November and have reached 16-year lows, partly driven by very weak sentiment over the near-term future for vessel earnings, according to the latest Dry Bulk Freight Forecaster from shipping research and consultancy firm Maritime Strategies International (MSI). However, despite a bearish forward view of dry bulk fundamentals, MSI is more positive than the freight futures market’s forward curve for Capesize and Supramax spot rates in Q2 next year. MSI predicts a closing of the gap between iron ore spot and futures prices over the next six months, driving a period of iron ore restocking in China during Q2 which will support the Capesize market…

Dry Bulk Shipping Will Not Return to Profitability Before 2017

Drewry dry bulk freight rate index. Source: Drewry’s Dry Bulk Forecaster

The gloomy outlook for the dry bulk shipping market continues to afflict shipowners and the market is not expected to return to profitability before 2017, according to the Dry Bulk Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry. Ship owners continue to struggle to recover their costs as commodity demand falls far short of owners’ expectations. As a result ship owners continue to downsize their vessel holdings which will enable oversupply to reduce over the next five years.

China's Demand Slows, BDI Index Unlikely to Jump

According to a London report issued Aug. 14, dry bulk freight rate index climbed by 2.5% on Friday at Baltic Mercantile and Shipping Exchange, a moderate rise for two consecutive days. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) indicated in its report that China's bulk commodity import will slow down, and that China's bulk material import is predicted to drop from record high and slacken afterwards, according to Financial Times, Aug. 17. Fairtheworld.com believes that, due to many factors, the second-half BDI index is unlikely to continue its Q2 high, and will stay at a relatively low level as China's demand for bulk commodity slows and freight capacity increases. China imported a vast amount of iron ores in the second quarter, driving up BDI index to as much as 4,291 points, a record high in 8 months.

China Concerns Drive Baltic Index to Another Low

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying industrial commodities, continued its run of record lows on Friday, haunted by reduced China imports. Demand woes across all vessel segments continued to haunt the index, which registered a record low for a fourth session running. The overall index, gauging the cost of shipping dry bulk cargoes including iron ore, cement, grain, coal and fertiliser, fell 3.6 percent to 429 points. The downturn in dry bulk shipping has worsened significantly in recent months as demand for iron ore and coal has declined in the face of slower economic growth in China. "The first part of the year is typically the weakest point for dry bulk freight rates…

Shipping Morale Suffers: Moore Stephens

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Overall confidence levels in the shipping industry fell to a record low in the three months to February 2016, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens. The average confidence level expressed by respondents in the markets in which they operate was 5.0 on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high). This compares to the 5.6 recorded in November 2015, and is the lowest rating in the life of the survey, which was launched in May 2008 with a confidence rating of 6.8.

Diana Shipping Enters into TC Contract with Uniper

Photo: Diana Shipping Inc.

Diana Shipping has announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it has entered into a time charter contract with Uniper Global Commodities SE, Düsseldorf, for one of its Post-Panamax dry bulk vessels, the m/v Phaidra. The gross charter rate is US$12,700 per day, minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum 12 months to maximum 15 months. The charter commenced on January 13, 2018. The m/v Phaidra was previously chartered to Jera Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Bahri Dry Bulk Secures Newbuild Finance

New vessels being built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard will be used to cater to the growing demand for the import of essential grains into Saudi Arabia. Photo: Bahri Dry Bulk

Bahri Dry Bulk, a business unit of global transportation and logistics leader Bahri, has announced that it has secured a Sharia-compliant funding of SAR 360 million (USD 96mln) from Bank Albilad, one of the fast-growing banks in Saudi Arabia. The fund is to finance the purchase of four new bulk carriers as part of an agreement signed by the company‎ in 2017 with Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD), a member of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group, the world’s largest shipbuilding company based in South Korea.

Capesize Rates Post Biggest Weekly Drop in 2 Years

File photo: © HHM / Dietmar Hasenpusch

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.

Shipping Eyes Brazilian Ore Exports

Image: Vale S.A.

Following the plunge in dry bulk freight market, shipping companies are banking on increased iron ore exports from Brazil to China and India to shore up freight rates, reports the Hindu Businessline. Hauling ore from Brazil to China will cost almost double than that from Australia. So in the current situation, ship-owners feel an increased flow of iron ore from Brazil, the world’s second largest producer, could boost the rates, as hauling the ore from there to China cost almost double than that from Australia.

‘Frothy’ Capesize Sector Threatens New Year Hangover for Dry Bulk

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Maritime Strategies International (MSI) is forecasting a firm festive season for the dry bulk market, swiftly followed by a New Year comedown. In its latest Dry Bulk Freight Forecaster* MSI notes that after a steady fall in average daily TCE spot earnings in October, November saw an inflection point for Capesizes, with rates soaring to over $16,000/day, the highest since mid-2015. Some of this strength has translated to the Panamax market, although Supramax and Handysize earnings have been broadly unaffected.

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