Ship Broker News

14 Nov 2019

Baltic Index Inches Lower on Weaker Panamax Rates

© papa1266 / Adobe Stock

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, inched lower on Thursday, as lower panamax rates offset a rise in capesize rates.* The Baltic index, which reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, was down 1 point, or 0.1%, at 1,364 points.* The capesize index rose 58 points, or 2.3%, to 2,623 points.* Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 170,000-180,000 tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal…

24 Oct 2019

Braemar Shipping Services Profit Slips

Pic: Braemar

Braemar Shipping Services posted half-yearly results for the six months ended 31 August 2019 which showed that interim revenues rose 4% to GBP59.5mln, while losses dropped to £1.3mln from £2.8mln.The UK-based provider of shipbroking, financial advisory, logistics and engineering services principally to the shipping and energy industries, however, said that strong performance from shipbroking, especially in second quarter, achieving 9% revenue growth and underlying operating profit growth of 16% in the first half.Ronald Series‚Ķ

11 Oct 2019

U.S. Sanctions Bite; Traders Shun 300 Tankers

AdobeStock / © Jose Gill

Nearly 300 oil tankers globally have been placed off limits as companies fear violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela, driving freight rates to new highs, industry sources said.The move has taken roughly 3% of the global oil tanker fleet out of the market, according to industry sources and data on Refinitiv Eikon, sending rates soaring to secure tankers to ship oil, particularly to Asia."Freight rates are going through the roof and people are getting very nervous with the cost of shipping…

11 Oct 2019

CNOOC Seeks Replacements for Sanctioned COSCO LNG Tankers

AdobeStock / © Kasto

China National Offshore Oil and Gas Company (CNOOC) is on the hunt for liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers to charter, several industry sources told Reuters, looking to replace ships it had previously hired that are linked to a Chinese company sanctioned by the United States for allegedly transporting Iranian oil.The company, COSCO Shipping Tanker (Dalian), is one of four Chinese firms on which the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Sept. 25, in what it described as the biggest sanctions taken by the U.S.

18 Oct 2019

Exxon, Trafigura Tap Lower Freight Rates

A VLCC loads crude oil in the port of Corpus Christi, TX (File image / credit Port of Corpus Christi)

U.S. crude exports to Asia, which have slumped due to record freight costs, stirred on Thursday as rates slid and the premium in Asia for Russia's ESPO Blend oil sent buyers back to U.S. grades, according to market sources.Oil shipping costs for United States Gulf Coast to Asia cooled this week from record highs on the prospect of more vessels becoming available. Nearly 300 oil tankers globally were placed off limits due to U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela.Seventeen supertankers returned to service in October after being sidelined for overhauls, as 11 entered drydocks.

13 Oct 2019

C-Shipping & Logistics Established in Rotterdam

Image: Port of Rotterdam

C-Shipping & Logistics handles freight transport from origin to destination and is a strong new addition to the port of Rotterdam’s roster of players. The new company was founded by Rederij de Jong, after teaming up for the occasion with two other big names in shipping and transport: Wouter Kleiss and Mathijs van Schaik.As operational directors, Kleiss and Van Schaik bring along a large network in the shipping sector, and Rederij de Jong ranks as one of the largest shipping companies in the inland shipping and push towing segments.

23 Aug 2019

GRS in South Korea Collaboration

Image:  Global Renewables Shipbrokers

German shipping service company Global Renewables Shipbrokers (GRS) has announced the start of a strategic partnership with South Korean wind project development consultancy SerFac.The shipbroker for offshore tonnage in renewable energy said that the aim of the cooperation is to provide project development of offshore wind farm projects in South Korea. As an independent advisor, GRS supports the negotiation of all contracts across all value creation stages of the entire project development.At the subsequent installation and operation stage…

07 Oct 2019

Occidental Tentatively Fixes VLCC for Record $13.25 mln to Asia

File Image: the M/V Maran Andromeda (Credit: MarineTraffic.com / © Ken Scott)

Occidental Petroleum Corp provisionally chartered a supertanker to ship U.S. crude to South Korea for a new record of $13.25 million in November, three shipping sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.The Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Maran Andromeda was chartered by Occidental on Friday for an estimated Nov. 20 departure, according to one shipbroker and Refinitiv Eikon shipping data.Global shipping rates, and in particular U.S. Gulf Coast to Asia <TD-LPP-SIN>, have skyrocketed after the United States in late September imposed sanctions on two units of China's COSCO…

09 Aug 2019

China Fixes First U.S. Crude Cargo Since Latest Tariff Threat

File Image: A VLCC loads alongside in the port of Corpus Christi, Texas (CREDIT: Port of Corpus Christi, Texas)

Chinese oil trader Unipec chartered a supertanker to ship U.S. crude to China in September, trading sources said, the first such cargo since U.S. President Donald Trump announced additional tariffs on Chinese import, ending a monthlong trade truce.Unipec, the trading arm of state refiner Sinopec , has fixed the Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Anne to load U.S. crude in mid-September, according to a shipbroker and Refinitiv Eikon data. VLCCs are capable of transporting about 2 million barrels of crude.Unipec has three other vessels…

22 Aug 2019

Baltic Index at 4-week Peak on Broad Support

AdobeStock / © Lucasz Z

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index rose to its highest in more than four weeks on Thursday, lifted by strong demand across all vessel segments.The Baltic index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, gained 57 points, or 2.8%, to 2,118, its highest in a month.The capesize index jumped 158 points, or 4.3%, to 3,829, its highest since July 23. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 170,000 tonne-180,000 tonne cargoes such as iron ore and coal, rose $1,059 to $29,490. "The Brazil to China route is now showing signs of improvement.

08 Oct 2019

Oxy Books Supertanker for a Record $13.25 Mln

© Ken Scott / MarineTraffic.com

Occidental Petroleum Corp provisionally chartered a supertanker to ship U.S. crude to South Korea for a new record of $13.25 million in November, three shipping sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.The Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Maran Andromeda was chartered by Occidental on Friday for an estimated November 20 departure, according to one shipbroker and Refinitiv Eikon shipping data.Global shipping rates, and in particular U.S. Gulf Coast to Asia, have skyrocketed after the United States in late September imposed sanctions on two units of China's COSCO…

03 Oct 2019

Baltic Index Hits Two-month Trough

© ManHin / Adobe Stock

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, slid to a near two-month low on Thursday, as weak demand for iron ore and lower industrial activity continued to weigh on the index.* The Baltic index, which reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, declined 46 points, or 2.55%, to 1,757, recording its seventh consecutive decline.* The overall index was at its lowest level since Aug. 9.* The capesize index fell 218 points…

04 Oct 2019

VLCC Rates Surge as U.S. Sanctions COSCO

File Image: AdobeStock / © Carabay

Freight rates to ship U.S. crude to Asia continued to surge, with costs to charter a supertanker rising to a record $12 million on Thursday, shipping sources familiar with the matter said.South Korea's top refiner, SK Energy, tentatively chartered the supertanker Maxim to ship U.S. crude to South Korea in November for a record $10 million earlier in the week but that fixture has since failed, the sources said.The company now has conditionally booked the Pacific M at a new record of $12.35 million…

11 Sep 2019

Røine Joins Pacific Green Technologies

Anders Jorgen R√łine (Photo: Pacific Green Technologies)

Pacific Green Technologies Inc. (PGTK) (OTCQB: PGTK), owner of the ENVI-Marine‚ÄĮand ENVI-Clean Exhaust Gas Scrubbing Systems, said that Anders Jorgen Røine has joined the company as Direct Sales Commercial & Business Development Director based in the office in Oslo.Røine has more than 25 years of commercial shipping experience as a ship broker and senior chartering manager in London, New York and Oslo. After he left The Royal Norwegian Navy he joined Simpson Spence & Young in London‚Ķ

26 Apr 2019

US Oil Sees Growing Reach

© Hans Fairhurst / MarineTraffic.com

Two cargoes of U.S. crude oil have been booked to sail to Australia, trade sources and data companies said, highlighting the increasing global reach of exports from the United States.Aframax tanker Esther Spirit loaded U.S. oil in early April at Enterprise Houston Terminal and is scheduled to discharge at Kwinana in Western Australia on May 20, ship-tracking data from Refinitiv and Vortexa showed.BP Plc chartered the Silver Sun, an Aframax, to load from the U.S. Gulf Coast this week to Kwinana for $2.35 million, according to a shipbroker and Refinitiv data.

15 Mar 2019

McQuilling ends tanker contracts with PDVSA

File Image / CREDIT: AdobeStock / © Kasto

A second maritime firm has told Venezuela's state-run oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela it would end all charter contracts with the company as a result of U.S. sanctions, according to an internal document and a person familiar with the matter.U.S.-based McQuilling Partners Inc, which provided PDVSA with four contract tankers, joined German tanker operator Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) in withdrawing from providing oil-shipping services to Venezuela.The United States levied…

18 Jul 2019

Baltic Index at 5-1/2-year High on Iron Ore Demand

AdobeStock / © Lidian Neeleman

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index rose on Thursday to its highest since December 2013, driven by demand for vessels shipping iron ore in the Atlantic, pushing capesize and panamax indices to multi-year highs.The Baltic index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, rose 3.2%, or 66 points, to 2,130, its highest since mid-December, 2013. The index has surged about 68% so far this year. The index extended gains for an eighth straight session, mainly…

26 Jul 2019

Indonesia Exempts Domestic Fleet from IMO 2020 rules

file Image: AdobeStock / © db virago

Indonesia will not enforce new global rules mandating low-sulphur marine fuels on its domestic shipping fleet because of the high cost of cleaner fuel, an official from the country's Ministry of Transportation said this week.Under International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules that come into effect in 2020, ships will have to use fuel with a maximum 0.5% sulphur content, down from 3.5% now, unless they are equipped with so-called scrubbers to remove the sulphur from the vessel's emissions.But because of the high cost of complying with new rules…

01 Aug 2019

Baltic Index Falls as Ship Supply Weighs

© Gudellaphoto / Adobe Stock

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index fell for an eighth straight session on Thursday, as increased vessel supply and easing demand for shipping iron ore dragged down capesize rates, while soft South American orders hurt panamaxes.*The Baltic index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, fell 3%, or 56 points, to 1,812 points.* The index has still more than tripled since February, mainly driven by strong demand for vessels that ship iron ore from Brazil into China over the past few months.* The capesize index fell 123 points…

02 Aug 2019

LNG Traders Mull Shipping Options

AdobeStock / © Fotmart

Traders are starting to make enquiries to book vessels to store or ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) as they bet for winter demand to boost prices for spot cargoes which are trading near record lows, multiple industry sources said on Friday.Enquiries are trickling in for booking vessels on a spot basis, ranging from a period of one month to several months, which is expected to push shipping rates up, the sources said.With Asia LNG spot cargoes trading at below $4 per million British thermal units…

03 May 2019

Ever Larger LNG Tankers Head for Panama Canal

Ever large merchant vessels, including this large containership, are now transiting the Panama Canal on a regular basis. Image: CH2M

A 'Q-Flex' LNG tanker, the world's second-largest class of liquefied natural gas carriers, is set to pass through the Panama Canal for the first time, the canal's CEO said, expanding the Americas to Asia trade route for the fast-growing commodity.The 'Al Safliyah', which can carry about 210,000 cubic metres of LNG, is on its way to Panama from the North Pacific after discharging a cargo from Qatar into Korea Gas Corp's (KOGAS) Tongyeong terminal on April 21, shipping data in Refinitiv Eikon showed."This is the first Q-Flex to transit the Panama Canal…

17 Jul 2019

War Risk Costs Impact UAE Bunkers, Singapore benefits

File Image: AdobeStock / © Seafarer81

Shippers trying to minimise time in the Middle East after oil tanker attacks pushed up insurance costs are scaling back purchases of marine fuels from the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Fujairah oil hub, trade sources said.Instead, they are turning primarily to Singapore, the world's top refuelling hub, to buy marine fuels, also known as bunkers, with some diverting to smaller bunkering ports, including in India and Sri Lanka, the sources said.A tonne of 380-centistoke (cst) high…

28 Mar 2019

Clarksons Acquires Safe Harbour Tanker Chartering

Pic: Safe Harbour Tanker Chartering

Provider of integrated shipping services Clarksons Platou announced that it is planning to acquire Safe Harbour Tanker Chartering, a Connecticut-based shipbrokerage and marine consultancy firm.Safe Harbour Tanker Chartering has been in operation since 1989, and is based in Monroe, Connecticut. They are a well‚Äźestablished ship broker, with a primary focus on the edible oils sector specialising in veg oil exports from the United States and South America to the wider Americas and European markets.They also have a presence within the biodiesel sector‚Ķ

Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Nov 2019 - Workboat Edition

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Subscribe
Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the maritime industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News