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04 Feb 2019

Tankers with Venezuelan Oil Collect off US

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A flotilla loaded with about 7 million barrels of Venezuelan oil has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, some holding cargoes bought ahead of the latest U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and others whose buyers are weighing who to pay, according to traders, shippers and Refinitiv Eikon data.The Trump administration's move to impose sanctions last week was meant to undercut support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by targeting the Latin American nation's oil exports to the United States, the source of most of its foreign revenue.The sanctions aim to block U.S.

23 Jan 2019

IMO 2020: Fujairah Tightens Exhaust Rules Ahead of 2020

Key Middle East oil terminal bans open-loop scrubbersFujairah in the United Arab Emirates has become the latest major port to ban a type of fuel exhaust cleaning system to comply with a coming tightening in rules regarding global sulphur emissions, mirroring similar moves in Singapore and China.Under International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules that come into effect from 2020, ships will have to reduce the sulphur content in their fuel to less than 0.5 percent, compared with 3.5 percent now, forcing huge changes upon global shippers and also oil refiners.Fujairah's harbour master said in a faxed document seen by Reuters that the port "has decided to ban the use of open-loop scrubbers in its waters ...

27 Nov 2018

Inside the LNG Shipbuilding Boom

BP Shipping took delivery of British Partner, the first of a half dozen new 173,400 cu. m. capacity liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers to be delivered through 2018 and 2019 from the DSME shipyard in South Korea. (Photo: BP Shipping)

South Korean shipyards have seemingly boxed out rivals from the market for building large ships carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG), winning all of the orders for the next three years worth more than $9 billion.Three South Korean yards - Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Hyundai Heavy Industries and Samsung Heavy Industries - have won the more than 50 orders placed for new large-scale LNG tankers for delivery in the next three years, according to data from the…

15 Nov 2018

Baltic Index [Finally] Gains on Higher Capesize Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships transporting dry bulk commodities, snapped its 12-day losing streak on Thursday, powered by a rise in demand for capesize vessels.The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, gained 11 points or 1.1 percent - after falling 12 sessions in a row - to 1,020 points.The capesize index marked its first gain in 12 days, rising 7.1 percent, or 67 points, to 1,007 points.

15 Nov 2018

Baltic Index Marks First Gain in 13 days on Higher Capesize Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships transporting dry bulk commodities, snapped its 12-day losing streak on Thursday, powered by a rise in demand for capesize vessels.* The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, gained 11 points or 1.1 percent - after falling 12 sessions in a row - to 1,020 points.* The capesize index marked its first gain in 12 days, rising 7.1 percent, or 67 points, to 1,007…

08 Nov 2018

Baltic Index Losing Streak Continues as Capesize Rates Drag

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships transporting dry bulk commodities, fell for the eighth consecutive session on Thursday, pressured by weakness in the capesize segment.The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, fell 73 points, or 5.6 percent, to 1,231 points, its lowest since June 4.The capesize index declined for the seventh straight session, tumbling 221 points, or 11.2 percent, to 1,747 points - also its lowest since June 4.

11 Oct 2018

US Oil Exports to Asia May Slide Further

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Rising shipping rates have increased the costs of shipping oil from the United States to Asia and may further the restrict the flow of U.S. oil to the region later this year, multiple trade and shipping sources said on Thursday.Freight rates for tankers that carry crude oil have soared globally, buoyed by peak seasonal demand, weather disruptions and higher bunker fuel costs, the sources said.The cost of chartering a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) capable of carrying 2 million barrels of crude from the U.S.

21 Sep 2018

ESVAGT Names Taylor UK Regional Director

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ESVAGT UK has appointed Ian Taylor as iUK Regional Director.Taylor brings many years of shipping experience and a considerable amount of ESVAGT knowledge to ESVAGT’s UK office at Dock Gate House in the heart of Aberdeen’s harbor area. As a Chartered Shipbroker, he has been handling contracts with ESVAGT for North Sea Charterers for the past decade.Having ‘sold’ ESVAGT to clients for years, getting onboard full time was an easy step. “It is a company I have known well for several years,” Taylor said. “ESVAGT has a significant presence in the U.K.

17 Sep 2018

Maritime Ports Pushed to Up Cyber Security

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Resilience planning, Info Sharing Take Spotlight“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” That old chestnut gets turned on its head when it comes to port cyber security. It’s more like “Oh what a tangled web we’ve woven, so much harder to stop data stolen.”Ports today have the physical aspect of security pretty well nailed shut - gates, locks, fencing, alarms, cameras, drones, etc. As Chris Mason, Rajant Corp.’s director of sales for EMEA, notes, “Every…

20 Aug 2018

Shell Ships 'Slurry Oil' from Singapore to UAE

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In an unusual arbitrage move, Shell International Eastern Trading Company (SIETCO) has chartered a tanker to ship up to 80,000 tonnes of slurry oil from Singapore to Ruwais in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Shell has chartered the tanker Maersk Prosper to load 80,000 tonnes of fuel oil from Singapore on Aug. 18 to 20 and for discharge into Ruwais at a $450,000 fee, according to data from two shipbroker reports and a trade source with knowledge of the matter.Ruwais in the UAE is the site of Abu Dhabi National Oil Corp's (ADNOC) 800…

19 Jul 2018

Baltic Index Down on Lower Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Thursday for a second straight session, on lower rates for capesize vessels.* The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, fell 31 points, or 1.8 percent, to 1,657 points.* The capesize index was down 100 points, or 3.1 percent, at 3,130 points.

12 Jul 2018

Strong Capesize Earnings Push Baltic Index Higher

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday, driven by strong capesize rates.* The overall index - which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels - rose 46 points, or 2.9 percent, to 1,632 points.* The capesize index was up 248 points, or 8.9 percent, at 3,041 points.* Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 170,000-180,000 tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, rose by $1,026 to $23,514.* "Cape market continues to be extremely volatile ....

05 Jul 2018

Harper Petersen Appoints New Managing Directors

Bjoern Andersen (left) and Arne Corleis. Photo: Hafen Hamburg Marketing

Simon Aust, Managing Director of Hamburg-based shipbroker Harper Petersen, is leaving the company later this year. The management of Harper Petersen in Hamburg will be taken over by Bjoern Andersen and Arne Corleis as the new managing directors as from 1 August 2018. The global leadership team will therewith consist of three managers including Chief Representative Officer Mr. Hu Hui in Shanghai who will remain in charge of Harper Petersen Asia. Bjoern Andersen successfully built…

05 Jul 2018

Baltic Index Hits Near 7-month High on Rising Capesize Demand

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for the sixth straight session on Thursday due to higher demand for capesize vessels.* The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, rose 45 points, or 2.872 percent, to 1,612 points, the highest since Dec. 15.* The capesize index gained 270 points, or 9.843 percent, to 3,013 points, a peak since Dec.

03 Jul 2018

Strong Capesize Demand Lifts Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for the fourth consecutive session on Tuesday, propelled by higher demand for capesize vessels. The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, was up 54 points, or 3.8 percent, at 1,476 points. The capesize index gained 174 points, or 7.6 percent, at 2,478 points, last touched on May 14. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 170,000-180,000 tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, were up $1,424 to $20,515.

21 Jun 2018

Baltic Index Slips to Two-week Low

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index on Thursday fell to its lowest level in two weeks, pulled down by falling rates for capesize and panamax vessels.The overall index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slid 26 points, or 1.9 percent, to 1,347 points.The capesize index lost 52 points, or 2.5 percent, to end at 2,038 points."Extremely few cargoes out of west Australia, hence the general activity level for Pacific market this week been very low," ship broker Fearnleys said in a weekly report on Wednesday referring to the capesize segment.Average daily earnings f

04 Jun 2018

Oil Tanker Scrapping to Hit Multi-year High

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The shipping industry will this year scrap the largest number of oil tankers in over half-a-decade, driven by weak earnings, firm prices for scrap steel and the need to prepare fleets for strict new environmental regulations.The surge in scrapping underscores how the sector is grappling with one of its worst-ever crises, hit hard after rates for transporting oil plunged to multi-year lows in the wake of excess tanker supply and tepid demand as OPEC production cuts bite."The tanker markets are definitely in a trough at the moment…

29 May 2018

Baltic Index Falls to Six-Week Low

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell on Tuesday to a six-week low as rates across vessel segments fell.* The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, was down 20 points, or 1.9 percent, at 1,057 points, its lowest since April 17.* The capesize index lost 71 points, or 5.1 percent, to 1,324 points.

22 May 2018

Muted Capesize Activity Weighs on Baltic Index

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the sixth straight session on Tuesday, dragged down by lower demand for capesize vessels.The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, was down 40 points, or 3.2 percent, at 1,199 points.The capesize index lost 103 points, or 5.3 percent, at 1,854 points."Capesize average earnings declined to about $13,900 per day due to reduced inquiries on Brazil or China voyages while most of Europe began the week with a religious holiday," analysts

21 May 2018

Baltic Index Down for Fifth Straight Session

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, fell for the fifth-straight session on Monday as capesize vessel rates remained weak.The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, was down 34 points, or 2.7 percent, at 1,239 points.The capesize index lost 96 points, or 4.7 percent, at 1,957 points."Capesize rates have continued to soften over the last week to about $14,800 per day, partially reflecting an increase in the number of vessels ballasting to Brazil," analysts at ship broker Clarkson

09 May 2018

Dry Bulk: Baltic Index Touches over 4.5 Month High

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday to its highest in over 4-1/2 months, boosted by rising rates for capesize vessels.The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels, was up 33 points, or 2.3 percent, at 1,465 points.The capesize index rose 134 points, or 5.4 percent, to 2,616 points, its highest in four months."Capesize rates continued to demonstrate positive momentum, with average earnings improving," analysts at ship broker Clarksons Platou Securities said.Averag

03 May 2018

BIMCO Sets New Standard with Revised Bunker Contract

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BIMCO’s Documentary Committee approved a new set of standard bunker terms, developed by a cross-industry group, in New York on 2 May. The BIMCO Bunker Terms 2018 improve on the previous edition with a maximum limit of the parties’ liabilities – a key change that will lead to wider adoption of the contract. “I think it is a positive step for the industry that representatives for the bunker traders and shipowners have agreed on a standard set of terms, which both parties consider fair and balanced,” says Francis Sarre, Chair of the BIMCO Documentary Committee.

02 May 2018

Baltic Index Rises

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Wednesday on firmer capesize demand, even as rates across other vessel segments remained unchanged.* The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax and supramax shipping vessels snapped four straight sessions of losses and was up 19 points, or 1.4 percent, at 1,346 points.* The capesize index rose 61 points, or 2.856 percent, to 2,197 points.* Average daily earnings for capesizes…

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