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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Timecharter News

Capital Product Partners Tankers get Contracts

Image: Capital Product Partners

Capital Product Partners (CPP) has taken delivery of a new panamax containership, which will commence a five-year timecharter to CMA CGM. It also has won a timecharter from Cargill, and another two have had their charters to Capital Maritime extended. The NASDAQ-listed company has announced the successful acquisition of the MV 'Akadimos,' as well as new time charter employment for the MT 'Active' and MT 'Anemos I' and a charter extension for the MT 'Atrotos,' each at increased day rates.

Contract For Three New Car Carriers

Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA has entered into a contract with Ray Shipping regarding the charter of 3 car carriers on a 15 year timecharter with options. Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA has entered into a contract with Ray Shipping regarding the charter of 3 car carriers on a 15 year timecharter with options.

Bergesen Sells Tankers

Bergesen has entered an agreement with Tankers International to sell two tankers for a total $156 million. Bergesen would deliver tankers Berge Ichiban and Berge Tokyo, each of 296,000 dwt, to Tankers International led by Frontline Ltd. in July or August 2001. "Both of the two sold vessels are employed on timecharter contracts, and the sales are subject to the charterers' approval," the statement said. The price was $78 million per vessel, reflecting the vessels' timecharter contracts. Bergesen said it would book a profit of $28 million. With this sale the company has sold seven of a total of eight vessels purchased from the Hitachi yard in Japan in 2000, it said. - (Reuters)

Capesize Bunker Consumption: Baltic Exchange Issues Brokers Guidance

Capesize Bulk Carrier: Photo courtesy of K-Line

The Baltic Exchange advises panellists that with the prevalence of 'slow steaming' they should assume that if steaming at 12kts laden/13kts ballast, Capesize vessels will consume 44 tonnes per day (NDAS). The London market exchange has provided its shipbroker panel members with further guidance on the way in which they assess the capesize market. The move has followed extensive market consultation and reflects the need for greater precision on the slow steaming characteristics of the Baltic capesize vessel type. “This guidance does not imply any change to the index definition.

Asian Panamax Rates Heading Up?

Asian Panamax rates for dry bulk cargo are likely to inch up later this week on brisk demand for grain shipment after easing slightly in thin trade last week on the New Year holidays, Reuters reported. "The freight market is expected to gain momentum with the regional business returning to normal after the New Year holiday, and on expectation of active grain chartering before the Chinese New Year holiday starts," said a shipping broker in Seoul. The Lunar New Year falls on January 24. Offices in the Chinese community are likely to remain shut until as late as January 28 and the South Korean market will be closed from January 23 to 25. Panamax rates for the U.S.

OSG to Time Charter Product Carriers

Overseas Shipholding signed agreements with subsidiaries of Cido Tanker Holding to timecharter a pair of product/chemical carriers for 10 years. The 47,000 dwt ships will be built at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard and are scheduled for delivery in 2009. The two vessels, the Overseas Polaris and the Overseas Pisces, will have six segregations, and will be able to transport petroleum products, vegetable oils and IMO III chemicals. Delivery of the vessels will increase the number of International and U.S. Flag product carriers in OSG's fleet to 54.

Concordia Maritime Signs Contracts with Lukoil

Concordia Maritime has signed two-year timecharter contracts for the V-MAX vessels Stena Vision and Stena Victory with Litasco, a subsidiary of the Russian oil company Lukoil. The new time charters will begin immediately upon expiration of the current charter contracts with the American oil company Sunoco at the end of 2007. The vessels are chartered in from Arlington Tankers Ltd until the end of 2009. With the new time charter contracts Concordia Maritime has secured employment for the entire period.

Golden Ocen Group Secures Timecharter

Golden Ocean Group secured a time charter contract for its Capesize vessel Channel Navigator. The 172,000 dwt vessel was fixed out on a five-year contract beginning by the end of April 2009. The daily charter rate is $53,500 less 3.75% commission. Golden Ocean Group on Monday also announced a ten year time charter contract for a Capsize tanker currently under construction at the Zhoushan Jinhaiwan Shipyard in China.

Odfjell Enters Long-Term Timecharter

Odfjell announced the long-term timechartering of two 30,000 dwt. stainless steel type tankers to be built in and owned from Japan. These ships will enter service during 2005 and 2006, bringing the number of such deep-sea chemical tankers chartered by the company to a total of five.

Price of Old Panamax Bulkcarrier Dipped to $13m

Graph: Clarksons Research

Back in early 1999 the price of a 5 year old Panamax bulkcarrier dipped to $13.5m, and ever since analysts have hailed purchase decisions made at that time as some of the most lucrative shipping deals ever seen, says a report from Clarksons. Today, with the price back at $13m, perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on how successful investors were back in 1999 and whether there are similar opportunities once again. The graph shows for each year since 1990 the return that would have been generated by the purchase of a 5 year old Panamax bulkcarrier at the start of the year…

Team Tankers Acquires New Vessels

Photo: Team Tankers International Ltd

Team Tankers International (TTI) completed the acquisition of the ‘Sichem Amethyst’ and ‘Sichem Contester’, previously on timecharter in the Q4 2015. In addition, two of the company's older and smaller ships were sold. To continue to build up its European regional stainless steel fleet, Team Tankers agreed to acquire the ‘Southern Zebra’, a 8,900 dwt stainless steel chemical tanker. Delivery is expected in March, 2016. In 4Q15, the company took delivery of an IMOII MR on a one-year timecharter.

Atlantic Panamax Rates Soften, Fixtures Lay Low

Sentiment for the Atlantic panamax freight market may be softening while fixture rates stay on the low side, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. "It may be settled in the (Far) East but panamax freight in the Atlantic looks softer as there are still lower rates being reported," said one London-based broker. The majority of routes quoted on the overall Baltic Panamax Index rose by three points on Tuesday to 1,309 - but the transatlantic round voyage timecharter route, a key element of the Index, eased by $25 to a daily average of $10,798. Regarding fixtures, shipbrokers reported a buoyant prompt rate of $8,250 daily for a backhaul charter for the 1997-built, 73,427 dwt panamax Fearless, fixed for prompt Kinoura delivery followed by a trip via the north Pacific with Med redelivery.

Diana Fixes Artemis to China Shipping

Artemis. Photo: Diana Shipping

Diana Shipping Inc, a global provider of shipping transportation services through its ownership of dry bulk vessels, has chartered out one of its panamax bulkers - Artemis (76,942 dwt, built 2006)  - to China Shipping Bulk Carrier. The gross charter rate is US$7,500 per day minus a 5% commission paid to third parties, for a period of minimum nine (9) months to maximum twelve (12) months. The charter commenced yesterday. Diana expects the contract, which commenced yesterday, to generate $2.02m of gross revenue for the minimum nine-month period of the timecharter.

Panamax Rates Hold Firm

Asia's Panamax rates for dry bulk cargo are expected to remain firm this week on strong vessel demand for grain and mineral exports and support from a rebound in Capesize, traders said. "Panamax freight rates are holding firm this week," said a shipping trader in Seoul. Active grain and oilseed exports from South America were providing support to the Panamax market, along with steady exports of coking coal from China, Indonesia and Australia, he said. The Panamax rates were also supported by a rebound in Capesize rates since late last week, he added. Spot freight rates for U.S. Gulf/Japan for Panamax cargoes were unchanged at about $23.25-$23.50 per ton from last week, a shipping broker said.

Panamax Rates Under Pressure

Freight rates in the Atlantic Panamax market remained under pressure and were expected to move even lower in the near term, brokers said on Monday. While Atlantic rates continued to slide, Pacific business was holding up for the time being but was expected to tail off in due course, brokers said. Fresh cargoes had emerged in the Pacific for Panamaxes, but Japanese and Chinese owners had also started to place their tonnage on the open market. Since the owners in question usually confined their ships to private business, the emergence of their vessels for open charter did not bode well for the Pacific Panamax market. The Baltic Panamax Index (BPI) lost just nine points on Monday to 1,198, but brokers believed Panamax rates had further to fall.

BFI Increase Reflects Rise In Panamax Rates

Panamax vessels continued to attract higher rates last week, which was reflected in gains by the Baltic Freight Index (BFI) and the Baltic Panamax Index. The BFI jumped 19 points to 1,143, while the Baltic Panamax Index rose 25 points to 1,105. Quieter conditions for caper and handies were responsible for a modest two point rise in the Baltic Capesize Index to 1,377 and a four point increase on the Baltic Handy Index to 871, brokers said. Fresh grain business was confined to just one fixture from Cargill, who took the 1980 built Elikon to ship 25,000 tons wheat Hamburg/Algeria September 20/25 at $15.25. Panamaxes involved in period business were said to be making consistent gains…

Pacific Panamax Market Gets Ugly

The Pacific panamax sector was set to weaken further after the Baltic Panamax Index fell under 1,000 due to a lack of orders, brokers said on Thursday. "There are no orders. The Baltic Panamax Index is now under 1,000 and the Pacific panamax market looks ugly," one said. The Baltic Panamax Index was at 987, down 33 points on Thursday, and both the trans-Pacific round voyage and backhaul timecharters saw $400 cuts from the index. Brokers said Pacific round voyage charters were being reported around $5,000, with the Atlantic equivalent seen just under $7,000 daily. In the Atlantic, brokers said fresh orders from South America, among others, were giving some support to the market.

SS&Y's Atlantic Capesize Index Rose 52 Points

Shipbrokers Simpson, Spence and Young's Atlantic Capesize Index rose 52 points to 3,534 in the week ending Sept. 20. "The steep rise in the index over the last few weeks has gradually tailed off, but it still managed to climb over the 3,500 barrier this week and now stands 637 points above the same period in 1998," SS&Y said. "However, 637 points above awful, should only qualify as acceptable." Most rates were said to be flat or at least showed that interest was not diminishing, with Brazil/China trade moving timecharter rates for Hyundai-type vessels to $14,000 daily.

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.

Time Charters Dominate Panamax Market

Time charters again dominated static Panamax shipping markets. "Rates in the Atlantic are steady though new enquiries in the South American region for shorter timecharters are seeing earnings top $11,000 per day," broker Clarksons said in a report. U.S. Gulf grain rates were also firming with a spot fixture reported at S17.75/18.00 a ton for 55,000 tons to Egypt at the end of June, up from $16.50 on the last done a week ago. The key Panamax U.S Gulf/Japan route continued to hover between $23.25 and $23.50 with a rating of $23.38. But most of the fixing reported on Monday was in the Far East. Two vessels were chartered at $11,250 for Asian voyages with redelivery in Europe with a third on the same rate but going in the opposite direction.

Panamax Rates Expected to Improve

Panamax freight rates are expected to improve this week, although the Baltic Panamax Index rose just one point to 1,626 on March 12. Shipbrokers said Panamax freight rate movement for voyage charters has been tentatively positive recently, and while some timecharter rates have been marginally negative compared with previously done levels, the Panamax sector seems to be stabilizing ahead of an upward move. The only cause for concern was the decline in the Capesize sector. While it is not impossible for rates in the dry bulk carrier sectors to move in different directions, as the opposite trends of the Capesize and Panamax demonstrated last year, it will be difficult for the Panamax market to ignore a failing Capesize sector.

Panamax Rates Firmer

Panamax freight rates in the Atlantic were firmer March 13 and may edge up further due to a seasonal boost, brokers said. They said the market was seeing steady increases and that fixtures for Panamax voyage charters had risen slightly with the timecharter sector looking better. However, the Capesize freight rate declined and has made some cautious about the sector. Brokers said the 1990-built 69,306 dwt Ispat Umang had attracted a healthy rate of $11,400 daily for prompt delivery Ghent, followed by a trip via the U.S. Gulf and redelivery scheduled for the Far East. The 1984-built 69,041 dwt Ariana was due for delivery Gibraltar earlier in the week, having been charted for an east coast of South America round voyage with redelivery set for the Continent at $9,500 daily.

Global Ship Lease Takes New Containership

Global Ship Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GSL) took delivery of a 2004-built, 8,063 TEU containership, the OOCL Qingdao. Upon delivery, the vessel commenced a timecharter back to Orient Overseas Container Line (UK) Limited, an affiliate of the seller, for 36 to 39 months at a rate of $34,500 per day. With this addition, the company's fleet stands at 19 vessels with a total capacity of 82,475 TEU. "Delivery of this vessel marks another important step for Global Ship Lease, expanding our annual EBITDA by $9.4 million and increasing our contracted revenue stream by between $37.7 and $40.9 million, while strengthening our existing relationship with a world-class liner company in OOCL," said Ian Webber, CEO,  Global Ship Lease.

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