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Panamax Rates Slip Slightly

Panamax freight rate ideas for the immediate future have slipped back slightly, shipbrokers said. Overall, Panamax freight rates in the Atlantic are seen as softer, while the Pacific market is deemed relatively steady. However, shipbrokers are eager to see some sign this week that the Panamax market will stabilize. The start of the week saw a three to five month period charter fixed at $11,000 daily for the 1990 built 68,789 dwt Antwerpia, but the latest booking, for the 1989 built 69,406 dwt Anangel Progress, shows a slightly lower negotiated level. The Anangel Progress is scheduled for delivery Continent just before mid-March and is chartered for a three to five month trading contract at $10,900 daily, said shipbrokers. In contrast, a positive fixture has been reported for the US Gulf to Japan heavy grain Panamax benchmark route. Shipbrokers reported that the 1999 built 74,002 dwt Far Eastern Queen has been booked to transport a 54,000 ton heavy grain cargo at $22.80 per ton basis no combination destination ports. Loading is due between the end of March and start of April. — (Reuters)


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


Spinnaker Reveals Radical Pay Changes

Maritime recruitment specialist, Spinnaker Consulting, has warned that radical pay structure changes for UK shipbrokers are resulting in brokers wanting to move out of competitive broking. As part of an in-depth salary survey covering 320 UK brokers, Spinnaker found that base salary pay structures are increasingly giving way to flexible bonus-based structures for competitive shipbrokers. As salary based pay still predominates among principals' brokers


Atlantic Rates Set To Move Higher

Panamax fixtures for end-March loading dates supported forecasts that Atlantic rates are set to move higher, shipbrokers said. But although the Capesize move to higher ground removed resistance against a prolonged Panamax uptrend, spreading foot- and-mouth disease is threatening to dampen dry bulk spring bullishness, they added. They said that reports that the disease in Britain and France may affect European grain exports was disturbing.


Panamax Trades Firm

Freight rates for Panamaxes trading the Pacific remained firm due to a flurry of business ahead of the Lunar New year, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. In the Far East, owners of larger Panamax sizes have been negotiating firm returns recently and continue to do so. Chinese charterers told shipbrokers that business there will grind to a halt between January 24 and 30 in observance of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Brokers added that the impending holiday will start to affect the Panamax


Tanker Earnings Hold Steady

Atlantic Panamax earnings were given a brief respite from the steady erosion of freight rates that has dogged the sector for the past three weeks, shipbrokers said. Brokers felt that freight rates had hit rock bottom, giving Atlantic Panamax returns one last chance to surge before the end of the year. The Baltic Exchange reported that charterer GIC paid $20.85 for an unnamed vessel on the key U.S. Gulf to Japan grain route, which was above last done levels that reached $20


Atlantic Panamax Rates Take A Step Back

Sentiment on the Atlantic panamax market turned weaker albeit with unchanged freight rates, while most Pacific rates now appeared to be flattening out, shipbrokers said on Thursday. Average Pacific prices as reported on the Baltic Panamax Index climbed only marginally, while Atlantic routes were shaved back one point to 1,435. Shipbrokers said the main panamax activity remained in the Far East with rates for backhaul charter still rising.


Panamax Operators Move Past Seasonal Freight Rate Slump

Panamax operators are poised for an improvement in freight rates after receiving indications that the seasonal slump has passed, shipbrokers said on Tuesday. Reports emerged of off-market trips done at firmer levels than of late, at some $8,000 daily for bookings on the key U.S. Gulf to Far East route, giving the market some confidence that prospects for the panamax sector were brightening, they said. This was the first sign of an upturn since the summer slowdown dented panamax trade at


Williams Joins Braemar Seascope Research Team

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Global shipbroker Braemar Seascope Ltd has underlined its commitment to delivering top quality market data and analysis by welcoming a new Research Manager to its London-based research team. Joining the research department is Mark Williams, an economist and consultant. Mark is a proven communicator and strategist and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of the shipping markets. He has been tasked with reorganizing and boosting the capture


Crude-Tanker Surplus Shrinks to Eight-Week Low: Survey

The surplus of supertankers competing to load 2 million-barrel shipments of Middle East crude oil shrank to an eight-week low. There are 7.5 percent more vessels for hire over the next 30 days than there are likely cargoes, according to the median estimate of six shipbrokers and owners surveyed by Bloomberg News today. That’s the lowest level since Jan. 31 and compares with a 12 percent excess a week ago. (Bloomberg).


Stena RoRo Heads Hospital Ship Construction

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International charity Mercy Ships recently signed an agreement for the construction of the world's largest civilian hospital ship tentatively named Atlantic Mercy, and Stena RoRo announced that it is engaged as project manager. The vessel, an investment of more than $100 million


MR Tankship Market Analysis: Second-Hand Price-Rise Outstrips Newbuild

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In their latest analysis, shipbrokers & marine transport consultants, McQuilling Services, in their latest analysis discuss observations, current and historical, for the clean tanker market, specifically MR tankers. The report concludes that they believe the current MR secondhand asset market


High Cost of English Litigation for Shipbrokers

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A survey of London solicitors by ITIC has highlighted the high cost of litigation for shipbrokers and others seeking judgment in the English courts. ITIC gave a panel of London solicitors – all of whom had previously been instructed on cases involving ITIC members – a hypothetical


Litigation Can Cost Shipbrokers an Arm & a Leg

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A survey of London solicitors by specialist intermediaries insurer ITIC has highlighted the high cost of litigation for shipbrokers and others seeking judgment in the English courts, reports trade association Maritime London. Indemnity insurers ITIC gave a panel of London solicitors – all


Maritime London Appoints Jeffrey Evans Chairman

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Maritime London has appointed shipbroker Alderman & Sheriff Jeffrey Evans as its chairman to follow David Moorehouse CBE. Made up of professional UK maritime service firms, Maritime London showcases the breadth and depth of the cluster. The UK’s maritime industry accounts for 2


US Oil Imports in Freefall, Force Shipping Rates Down

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Growing U.S. energy independence is driving the biggest drop in crude imports in two decades and rates for the oil tankers most reliant on the shipments to the weakest in at least 16 years, reports Bloomberg. Citing shipbrokers Clarkson, Bloomberg add that seabourne imports will decline 11


VLCC Tankship Hires at 6-Year High

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Bookings of the largest oil tankers jumped to the highest for the time of year since at least 2007 as demand for crude cargoes accelerates before a surge in oil refining projected by the International Energy Agency. reports Bloomberg. According to Bloomberg, who cite Marex Spectron Group


Charter Party Laytime Definitions Updated

Uncertainties in laytime definitions currently used in charter parties have been addressed in the latest Laytime Definitions of Charter Parties 2013, created by a shipping industry working group consisting of BIMCO, the Baltic Exchange, Comitė Maritime International (CMI) and the Federation of


Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Welcomes Record Numbers

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The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers has welcomed 200 new members at the annual meeting of its Controlling Council, held this year in Vancouver, Canada. In being formally elected to membership of the ICS, one of shipping’s oldest professional bodies


Russian Oil Tanker Rates Rise 51% in Two Days

The cost of shipping Russian oil to northwest Europe had the biggest two-day jump since April as traders accelerated bookings of tankers to load at the end of this month, curbing the number available for charter, reports Bloomberg. Rates for Aframaxes shipping 100


AHTS & PSV Charters: Latest Market Trends

The AHTS market bottomed out at at the end of last week at GBP 10K levels, however recent activity has seen and will continue to see rates increase, considers Westshore Shipbrokers. In the AHTS market the high availability in Norway from earlier in the week has come down with one vessel available


ITIC: Broker Follow-up Vital in Fluctuating Markets

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ITIC says that the failure of shipbrokers to follow up on time-sensitive messages can have serious financial consequences, particularly in fluctuating spot markets. In its latest Claims Review, ITIC cites the case of a ship fixed for a trip time charter for two voyages


International Assoc. of Classification Societies Publish 2014 'Blue Book'

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The International Association of Classification Societies announce the release of the IACS Blue Book, Version January 2014. The Blue Book is an electronic library of technical resolutions (both past and present) adopted by IACS as a result of its technical work and provides an example of how the


Baltic Exchange Appoints Jones A-P Director, Singapore

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Jones joins the Baltic Exchange from ICAP Shipping Singapore where he was director of sale & purchase. He will replace Philip Williams who retires from the role in April, and he 
will be based at the Exchange's Singapore office. Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Jeremy Penn said:


Deltamarin Designs Hospital Ship

Deltamarin designs the worlds largest hospital ship for Mercy Ships to be built at Tianjin Xingang Shipyard. (Image copyright: Mercy Ships)

Deltamarin announced a design contract awarded by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) for the new 37,000 GRT (Gross Register Tonnage) hospital ship to be built for Mercy Ships at Tianjin Xingang Shipyard. Deltamarin’s contract includes approval


 
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