Outlook: Flat. There is continued firm market in the Pacific region. Supras in North China are fixed at close to 10k for trips via Indonesia to India with coal. Supras on WC are getting at least $20k and EC rates have also improved to about 18k levels for iron ore trips to China. Many believe Indian iron ore would remain firm for few weeks.
Red Sea; ferts on handymax/ supras are fixed at high 20´s pmt on voyage bss to WC India. Not much seen on short period as rates are seen rising and now are at around usd 16k.
The positive trend from last week gradually faded out, lead by lack of freshUSG/ECSA grain requirements in the Atlantic, a sliding forward curve followed by a falling period market in the Pacific. Despite prompt vessels under pressure still some healthy numbers achieved in the Atlantic; typically 25000 + 500BB for Fronthaul and mid teens for transatlantic rounds. The Pacific saw rates coming off significantly to lower teens for Nopac rounds and a growing spread between spot- and period rates. Charterers and operators are holding back and reducing their activity. Takers for longer periods clearly stand off as the forward curve test very low teens and most Owners still hope for a recovery to do high teens for same. On a positive note there is growing local enthusiasm with the commencement of the Nordic World ski championships in Oslo.
Although there was a little more activity last week, this has slowed down and rates have fallen slightly. This combined with increased bunker prices result in even lower returns for owners. Despite an increasing number of vessels not trading the oversupply is still the major problem, and with new cyclones hitting major loading ports in East Australia the market becomes even more frustrated. Presently owners are willing to fix out their tonnage at usd 16000 per day for 12-month period, which is a considerable premium over the spot market, but these are new record low levels for this kind of fixture.
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