Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Atlantic Panamax business is still relying on grain and ore cargoes from east
coast South America for its bread and butter. However, sources are worried that
rates in the Atlantic are too attractive. Owners battered by the very low
numbers in the Pacific may well start ballasting into the Atlantic in large
numbers and flatten a promising recovery. Fronthaul business are currently
seeing rates in the high-$8,000's to $9,000 daily range, while trans-Atlantic
rounds have been done at about $5,000 daily. These numbers already reflect a
slight easing in rates which began yesterday. In the Pacific rates sank again,
with spot backhaul business done between $1,000-$1,200 daily. There remains
some demand for period tonnage and the premium to spot is significant. The
Baltic Panamax index lost 7 today to end at 513.
Out of the Atlantic, the 2006-built 82,295 dwt Coal Hunter has gone to Sinochart
with spot delivery Skaw for a trip via the US Gulf and redelivery China at a
good $10,500 daily for January cancelling.
Chinese charterers have taken the 2008-built 76,886 dwt Torm Antwerp with
January 22-24 delivery Maputo for a trip via east coast South America and
redelivery in the Far East at a surprisingly firm $9,000 daily.
The 2002-built 76,679 dwt Royal Breeze fixed to Cargill with January 15-20
delivery Skaw for a trip via the US Gulf and redelivery China at $7,800 daily.
Danzas was linked with the 2006-built 71,171 dwt Nord Jupiter with January 28-30
delivery Suape for a trip via the River Plate to China at $9,000 daily plus a
ballast bonus of $230,000.
The 2006-built 71,171 dwt Nord Jupiter went to Danzas with January 28-30
delivery Suape for a trip via the River Plate with redelivery China at $9,000
daily plus a ballast bonus of $230,000.
Cosco Qingdao was the charterer of the 2001-built 75,106 dwt Danae with January
22-24 delivery Amsterdam for a trip via the US Gulf and redelivery China at
The 1996-built 71,393 dwt C. Iris fixed on subjects to an undisclosed charterer
with end-January/early-February delivery Southwest Pass for a trip with
redelivery in the East at $8,000 daily plus a ballast bonus of $200,000.
BHP Billiton was said to be the charterer of the 1998-built 72,497 dwt Spring
Peacock with January 27-30 delivery Richards Bay for a trip with redelivery on
the Continent at $2,100 daily plus a ballast bonus of $122,500.
There was an unconfirmed report that the 1998-built 74,577 dwt Isminaki has
fixed to Uniwell with January 18-20 delivery El Ferrol for a trip via Orinoco
and redelivery China at about $9,750 daily.
In the Pacific, BHP Billiton reportedly fixed the 1998-built 72,497 dwt Spring
Peacock with January 24-30 delivery Richards Bay for a trip with redelivery on
the Continent at $2,100 daily plus a ballast bonus of $122,500.
The 2005-built 82,597 dwt GMI-relet Iron Bradyn has gone to BHP Billiton with
January 25-30 delivery Hay Point for a trip with redelivery Sweden at $1,200
daily plus a ballast bonus of $122,500.
Kwangming took the 2004-built 76,629 dwt Avoca with January 15-16 delivery
passing Keelung for a trip via Newcastle with redelivery Taiwan at $1,900 daily.
Oldendorff agreed $4,900 daily for the 1999-built 73,548 dwt Elbe Max with
January 15-25 delivery Mundra for a trip via Richards Bay and redelivery Mundra.
For Pacific period business, the 2002-built 74,182 dwt Boreal has fixed to an
undisclosed charterer with January 17-18 delivery Mailiao for 3-5 months trading
and redelivery worldwide at about $7,250 daily.
Great Pacific reportedly fixed the 2004-built 76,343 dwt Pacific Breeze with
spot delivery Zhangjiagang for 4-6 months trading and redelivery worldwide at
The charterer also has the 2004-built 77,598 dwt Cemtex Wisdom with January
21-24 delivery Taichung for 4-6 months trading and redelivery worldwide at about
Atlantic business held at last dones today, as sources indicated that the market
had peaked for the moment. Owners attracted by the activity and better rates
are said to be ballasting in ships, which has led to a more balanced market and
and eased the upward pressure on rates. Pacific capesize business remained
steady at mid-week, buoyed by continued demand for cargoes from west Australia
to China. The Baltic Capesize index rose a further 24 to 1888.
In the Atlantic, Cargill was the charterer of the 2007-built 180,180 dwt Linda
Dream with prompt delivery on the Continent for a trip via Brazil with
redelivery China at $24,000 daily.
The charterer also took the 2001-built 171,509 dwt Mineral Belgium with prompt
delivery Gijon for a trip via Brazil with redelivery China at $23,000 daily.
Vale has the 2003-built 171,012 dwt Constellation-relet Aquabreeze with February
02-04 delivery Rotterdam for a trip via Brazil and redelivery China at a steady
The 1996-built Iron Queen (or optionally the 1997-built Cape Mercury) went to
Bao Island with February 01-10 loading 150,000 tons 10% ore from Itaquai to
Qingdao at $15.50.
Pacific Capesize business included word that the 1986-built 164,100 dwt Princess
Katherine was fixed to Kumba with end-January loading 150,000 tons 10% iron ore
from Saldanha to Qingdao at a stronger $10.00.
Rio Tinto Shipping reportedly fixed a TBN with January 20-30 loading 150,000
tons 10% coal from Dalyrmple Bay to Rizhao at $7.50.
The charterer also took the 1993-built Star Beta for January 16-24 loading
160,000 tons 10% ore from Dampier to Qingdao at $6.25.
The 2004-built 171,516 dwt Cargill-relet Cape Island has fixed to BHP Billiton
with January 18-24 loading 160,000 tons 10% ore from Port Hedland to China at
The charterer also has the 2007-built Harmonious for January 20-30 loading
160,000 tons 10% ore from Port Hedland to Qingdao at the same rate.
Kepco reportedly fixed an STX Pan Ocean TBN with February 01-10 loading 125,000
tons 10% coal from Gladstone to Taean at $5.88.
Atlantic rates were steady at mid-week. A fertilizer cargo from the Black Sea
to west coast India was reported done at $26.00, but details of the vessel
involved failed to emerge. Trans-Atlantic rounds appeared steady in the $6,500
daily range, while short period business of 4-6 months trading reportedly saw
about $5,000 daily for a handysize. In the Pacific, Supramax business saw
tonnage fix at rates between $5,000-$6,000 daily for PMO/China runs via WC
India. A Far East round fixed a Supramax at $5,000 daily. Overage tonnage
reportedly did a Malaysia/Red Sea run at $4,000 daily plus a $30,000 bb. The
Baltic Supramax index moved up 7 to 409, while the Handysize index rose 5 to 275.
From the Atlantic, the 1982-built 36,205 dwt Smart has gone to an undisclosed
charterer with January 13-15 delivery aps Santos for a trip with 2 laden legs
and redelivery in the Atlantic at $6,500 daily.
Bunge was linked with the 2001-built 28,492 dwt Willow Point for January 25-30
delivery east coast South America for a trip via the River Plate and redelivery
west coast South America at about $6,500 daily.
In Atlantic period business, the 1995-built 28,458 dwt Athena went to an unnamed
charterer with spot delivery Algeciras for 4-6 months trading and redelivery
worldwide at $5,000 daily.
For Pacific Handy business, OBS reportedly has the 2005-built 55,500 dwt COS
Prosperity with end-January delivery passing Muscat outbound for a trip via west
coast India and redelivery China at $6,000 daily.
Uniwell fixed the 2002-built 53,553 dwt Navios Mercator with January 16-20
delivery passing Muscat outbound for a trip via west coast India and redelivery
China at $5,000 daily.
The 2005-built 57,000 dwt Jia Yong Shan has fixed to Nasco with prompt delivery
Huangpu for a trip with 2-3 laden legs and redelivery in the East at $5,000
The 2009-built 54,900 dwt Falcon Trader 2 was said fixed to Doric Ocean
Transport with spot delivery ex-yard Oshima for a trip via east coast Australia
and redelivery east coast India at $4,500 daily.
The 1994-built 28,458 dwt Ocean Pearl has gone to Oldendorff with spot delivery
Dabo for a trip via west Australia and redelivery Singapore-Japan range at
PUC was said to be the charterer of the 1977-built 25,884 dwt Fu Jin with prompt
delivery Tanjung Manis for a trip with redelivery in the Red Sea at $4,000 daily
plus a ballast bonus of $30,000.
Seawin was said to be the charterer of the 1989-built 52,135 dwt Alex D with
spot delivery Singapore for a trip via India and redelivery Singapore-Japan
range at $3,000 daily.
It emerged that the 2003-built 53,125 dwt Rea recently fixed to an unnamed
charterer with spot delivery Singapore for a trip via Australia and redelivery
Singapore-Japan range at $5,500 daily.