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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Baltic Exchange to Develop LNG Freight Index

(File photo: Teekay Corporation)

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.

Turkey Will Host Ship Brokers’ Association

The first annual Turkish Ship Brokers’ Association Dinner (Bosporus 2012) will be held at the Haliç Congress Center, located in the historical district of Sütlüce in Ä°stanbul on June 29, 2012. The Turkish Ship Brokers’ Association is expecting an attendance of about 1.400 ship brokers, ship owners, charterers, ship agents and representatives of all areas of the global shipping industry. With the support of the Turkish Transportation, Maritime and Communication Ministry and IMEAK DTO/Turkish Chamber of Shipping, Bosporus 2012 is being sponsored by Statu Shipping, Ulgenbulk, Densa Tanker, Hkalkavan Shipping, Burtrans, Bulk Atlantic, Efe Chartering, Catoni Shipping, United Shipping Agency Romania, Forsa Shipping and Green Black Marine Logistics.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Likely to Stay High

A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Flurry of cargo fixtures push Australia, Brazil rates to highest since December. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to hold steady next week near four-month highs if owners continue to reactivate idle tonnage on upbeat cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday. "If more idled ships are put back into the market there may not be the support from cargo demand to push rates up any further," said a Shanghai-based capesize ship broker. "Rates from Western Australia to China are still below $4 per tonne.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Firm on Tight Tonnage, Ample Cargo

File Image: a large bulk carrier underway (CREDIT: BSM)

Just handful of ships for Brazil loading in early January; coal, South African iron ore cargoes support rates. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could diverge with rates from Brazil to China nudging higher on a shortage of tonnage and those from Australia to China holding firm around current levels on ample cargo, ship brokers said. "Tonnage is very tight given the number of ships available for January loading dates from Brazil. Rates should keep pushing higher," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday.

Asia Tankers-VLCC rates to Slip from Eight-Month Highs

Rates gain 10 Worldscale points in a week; but rates in 2017 may be lower than this year -Bancosta. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) may slip next week as the pre-Christmas cargo flurry, which propelled hire rates to an eight-month high on Thursday, peters out, ship brokers said. "I would say it's the last hurrah. I don't see rates going much beyond current levels," said Ashok Sharma, managing director of ship broker BRS Baxi Far East in Singapore. Rates gained up to 10 points on the Worldscale measure this week, pushing rates from the Middle East and West Africa to Asia to the highest since April 4. Around 130 cargoes have been fixed for December loading from the Middle East with around 33 from West Africa, a European ship broker said.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Flat as Rally Fades

A ValeMax buk carrier at the berth (File image: Vale)

Higher fuel prices could help lift freight rates - Shanghai broker. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to hold around the current levels, after a revival in charter rates this week ran out of steam as the fundamentals of too many ships chasing little cargo remained unchanged, ship brokers said. "Next week is going to be flat," said a Shanghai-based capesize broker on Thursday. "But bunker prices might give some support for owners to push the market up. So we might see a little improvement in the rates," the broker said.

Demand, Bunker Pricing Spurs Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

File Image: a bulk carrier underway (Credit: BSM)

Owners asking $1 per tonne more on Australia-China rates; Panamax rates climb to two-month high, but remain under pressure. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could continue to firm next week on higher cargo volumes and bunker prices, while upbeat shipowner sentiment will also support the market, ship brokers said. "The market is pushing up a little bit. Owners' ideas though are even higher - they are indicating about $1 per tonne more on rates from eastern Australia," a Shanghai-based capesize ship broker said on Thursday.

Clarkson Shares Surge

Shares in Horace Clarkson Plc surged 14.3 percent on Wednesday after the British shipping broker said its year turnover and profit was expected to "very substantially" exceed market expectations – (Reuters)

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold Steady

File Image: A typical VLCC underway (CREDIT AdobeStock)

Unipec charters 20 VLCCs for West Africa, MidEast cargoes; China's oil demand to climb 3.4 pct this year - CNPC. Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are expected to remain stable next week as buoyant chartering activity from the Middle East is offset by the large number of supertankers available for charter, ship brokers said. "We're going to see rates holding at current levels," a European supertanker broker said on Friday. "Saudi Arabian cargoes for February loading should be out on Monday.

Market Weighs on Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates

Tonnage list grows in Pacific, Atlantic oceans; lack of coal cargoes weigh on freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are set to slide further next week, after falling to their lowest level in five weeks, due to a mounting supply of tonnage and uncertain cargo demand, ship brokers said on Thursday. "There's too many ships in the Pacific. There's a lot of ballasters (empty ships) sailing to Brazil," a Singapore-based ship broker said. Capesize freight rates from Australia to China could fall to around $5-$5.20 a tonne next week on this overcapacity, with rates from Brazil to China at $12.50 to $12.75 a tonne, a Shanghai-based capesize broker said on Thursday.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Impacted by China Holidays

Weak holiday demand to pressure rates lower. Rebound seen after China returns to market on Oct 8. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could come under pressure next week as lower cargo volumes due to holidays in China thwart shipowners efforts to push rates higher, ship brokers said. "There was a bit of a rush to fix earlier this week ahead of the holidays ... but it has been very quiet in the last couple of days," a Singapore-based capesize broker said on Thursday. "We are seeing resistance. Owners are holding off fixing their vessels. Ships are stopping in South Africa on owners' expectations freight rates will rise," he added.

Asia Dry Bulk, Capesize Rates Set to Diverge

File Image: a so-called ValeMax bulk vessel, commonly used to move bulk from Brazil to Asian markets (Vale)

Rates from Australia to fall, Brazil rates to nudge higher. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could diverge next week with rates from Australia to China trending lower on weaker sentiment while prices from Brazil to China could rise on tight vessel supply, ship brokers said. That comes as freight rates slipped on Wednesday from multi-month highs hit on Monday. "Sentiment in the Pacific is not good. There is still room for rates from Australia to drop further," a Shanghai capesize broker said on Thursday.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Hold Steady

File Image: A so-called ValeMax bulk carrier (Vale)

Brazil-China rates hit 15-month high for second time this year. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could hold steady or slip slightly next week after unexpectedly climbing this week on strong cargo volumes, ship brokers said. "It is a case of two oceans. In the Atlantic, Vale has been active from Brazil, and volumes from Saldanha Bay in South Africa are steady," said a Singapore-based capesize broker on Thursday. "In the Pacific, it's a waiting game with owners and charterers haggling over a 50 cent difference in the freight rate," the broker added.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Owners Remain Confident

File Image: typical bulk carrier underway (BSM)

Number of idle ships down to around 15, from 70 in early 2016 - broker. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes could nudge lower next week although they are generally expected to remain around the current levels, ship brokers said. "Owners still have confidence in the market," a Shanghai-based capesize broker said on Thursday. That was reflected through the number of idle capesize ships, which were down to 15 vessels this week, the broker said. That compared with around 70 at the beginning of this year when daily charter rates were less than the operating costs.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Slip; Low Demand, Overcapacity Weigh

File Image: a typical bulk vessel underway (CREDIT: BSM)

Despite lower rates, rental prices doubled from last year; capesize vessels totalling 15 million DWT to be delivered this year - broker. Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes are likely to drift lower as tonnage volumes outpace cargo demand even as owners resist charterers' attempts to push rates lower, ship brokers said. Despite the subdued market, capesize charter rates are still around twice the level as compared with previous year. "The market is holding up relatively nicely.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Climb

Shipowners confident rates will climb on tighter tonnage supply; Shipowners seek rates premium for Australian coal cargoes. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could continue to recover as ship owners scent the possibility of higher cargo volumes on tighter tonnage supply, ship brokers said. "Owners and charterers are playing a game of cat and mouse," said a Singapore-based capesize ship broker. Charterers were offering $12 per tonne for a capesize iron ore cargo from Brazil to China while owners were holding out for $13 per tonne, a Shanghai-based broker told Reuters on Thursday. "Owners do have confidence rates will increase and are grabbing the chance to push up the market," the Shanghai broker said. "The number of open vessels is getting fewer," the Shanghai broker added.

Asia Tankers: VLCC Rates Steady on Drip-fed Cargoes

Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) are set to maintain the current levels next week as charterers drip-feed cargoes for August loading into an overtonnaged market, ship brokers said. "There is quite a negative outlook... we may be close to the bottom. We do expect a lull at this time of the year," a Singapore-based VLCC broker said on Friday. Shipowners are holding the line on the expectation that there will be a lot more volume to work next week. "That came as ship brokers said there were hardly any Basra cargoes that had so far been released for August loading. It seems a much lighter programme for August," the broker added.

Asia Capesize Bulker Rates Expected to Stay Flat

Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to remain flat as the number of vessels for hire outpaces cargo demand, ship brokers said. That came despite an increase in number of idled ships and ships sent for demolition, brokers said. "I expect the market to stay at the same level for a while - at least one or two weeks," a Shanghai-based ship broker said on Thursday. "Generally, the first quarter is the weakest; we could expect an improvement in April," the broker added. "The market is very flat - there is still a lot of vessels," the broker said. Around 70 capesize vessels are idled or available for charter in the Pacific with around 50 waiting for cargo in the Atlantic, brokers said.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady

Brazil-China capesize rates hit seven-month high; Pacific capesize market dragged by buoyant tonnage supply. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers are likely to hold steady next week although a rush of cargo in the Atlantic would again provide the trigger for rates to move higher, ship brokers said. That came after a surge in Atlantic and transatlantic cargoes boosted capesize freight rates from Brazil to China by almost $2 a tonne to a seven-month high this week. The increase was equivalent to a rise in time charter earnings of about $4,500 per day, according to British shipping services firm Clarkson. "All eyes (are on the Atlantic)," said a Singapore-based capesize broker.

Europe Rushes to Meet US Fuel Demand, Spiking Freight Costs

File photo: Aurelie Moulin

European oil traders rushed on Tuesday to book vessels to carry gasoline to consumers on the U.S. East Coast left stranded without their main domestic supply source, more than quadrupling shipping costs, traders and ship brokers told Reuters. An explosion late on Monday on the Colonial pipeline, which carries roughly one-third of the 3.2 million barrels per day (bpd) of gasoline consumed on the East Coast, makes U.S. drivers more reliant on imported oil products. But by noon on Tuesday…

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Steady at 8-month High

Freight rates climb after BHP-led charter flurry; tight tonnage supply bolsters capesize freight rates. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could hold around current levels after reaching their highest in more than eight months this week following a surge of fixtures by Australian miners, ship brokers said. Rates from Australia to China were around $7.50 per tonne on Thursday, while a voyage from Brazil to China paid around $16 per tonne, Singapore and Shanghai capesize brokers said. While capesize rates felt softer on Thursday, prices are being supported by tight tonnage supply in both the Atlantic and Pacific, brokers said. There were about six capesize vessels available for charter in the Atlantic with up to eight ships charter-free in the Pacific, a Shanghai capesize broker said.

Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates Could Slide Further

A ValeMax Bulk Carrier alongside during loading (file image)

No sign of Q4 cargo rush; Capesize and panamax rates barely covering opex. Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers could slip further next week as too many ships available for hire weigh on the market despite reasonable cargo volumes, brokers said on Thursday. "There is no sign the market is going to be better - there are too many vessels," a Shanghai-based capesize broker said. Some owners try to resist charterers' attempts to push rates lower but there are vessels available for charterers to fix at low rates, the broker said.

Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize Rates to Stay Flat

Freight rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes are likely to remain flat as vessel supply outpaces cargo demand, while higher bunker prices could support freight rates, ship brokers said on Thursday. "The market is going nowhere - there is no prospect of an improvement because there are so many ships available (for charter)," a Singapore-based capesize ship broker said on Thursday. That overcapacity has led owners to idle around 45-50 capesize vessels rather than operate them at a loss, according to figures from ship broking houses Barry Rogliano Salles and Fearnley. "There's at least that number in the Pacific. Ships are also anchored off South Africa," the Singapore broker said. Norwegian ship broker Fearnley expected more vessels to be idled.

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