The market continues to tread water as the Baltic Dry Index closed yesterday on 591 points compared to 599 points last week and 593 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 4,500/day||$ 5,200/day||$ 6,500/day|
|One week ago||$ 4,600/day||$ 5,400/day||$ 6,500/day|
Containers: In a further move towards container industry consolidation, Hamburg Süd is deepening its level of cooperation with the Ocean Three Alliance in the east – west trade lanes. With this in mind, the Ocean Three grouping has already filed an amendment with the Federal Maritime Commission in Washington for plans for a new service from Asia to USEC via Panama that will include Hamburg Süd vessels.
Over supply of vessels continues to hold back the market with the Baltic Dry Index closing yesterday on 599 points compared to 593 points last week and 580 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 4,600/day||$ 5,400/day||$ 6,500/day|
|One week ago||$ 4,700/day||$ 5,100/day||$ 6,400/day|
The Baltic Dry Index continues to bump along the bottom, closing yesterday on 593 points compared to 580 points last week and 588 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 4,700/day||$ 5,100/day||$ 6,400/day|
|One week ago||$ 4,200/day||$ 4,700/day||$ 6,400/day|
Tankers: Please see the latest outlook from Teekay presented by Christian Waldegrave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwSRGy98eVc
The Baltic Dry Index remains stuck in low gear after closing yesterday on 580 points compared to 588 points last week and 598 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 4,200/day||$ 4,700/day||$ 6,400/day|
|One week ago||$ 4,200/day||$ 4,700/day||$ 6,600/day|
Containers: The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement has recommended a series of new short-term rate minimums to come into force in May. These include a minimum rate of $2,050 per FEU for Asia-US west coast shipments via Californian ports; $2,100 per FEU via Pacific northwest ports; $4,100 per FEU for east coast and gulf coast ports; and $4,400 per FEU for intermodal moves to midwestern interior points. Rates from Europe are meanwhile in virtual freefall and are currently hovering around only $500 per TEU the lowest for two years..
Tankers: There were 22 VLCCs or almost 5% of the world fleet, waiting to load cargoes at Iraq’s Basra Oil Terminal last week. These vessels are still pulling in a steady $50-60,000/day on the spot market thanks to fleet utilization rate of around 90%.
No Easter Joy for the markets as one of the most miserable quarters ever for many ship owners trying to earn a living in the dry bulk sector mercifully comes to an end. The Baltic Dry Index closed yesterday on 588 points compared to 598 points last week and 584 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 4,200/day||$ 4,700/day||$ 6,600/day|
|One week ago||$ 4,300/day||$ 4,700/day||$ 6,800/day|
The bulk market continues to bump along the bottom with very little to drive an improvement this side of a trading break for Easter. The Baltic Dry Index closed yesterday on 598 points compared to 584 points last week and 560 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 4,300/day||$ 4,800/day||$ 6,800/day|
|One week ago||$ 4,100/day||$ 4,900/day||$ 6,600/day|
Containers: Asia-Europe spot rates continue to be in a downward spiral and are now in the low $600’s per TEU. In response, ocean carriers have optimistically announced a General Rate Increase for April 1 of up to $950 per TEU. Trans-Pacific spot rates are also under pressure falling to around $1,750 per FEU from Shanghai to the U.S. West Coast.
Tankers: VLCC spot earnings have hovered around the $50,000 per day mark on the Middle East to Asia trade for most of March thereby providing a degree of unusual market predictability in our business. Thanks to plenty of cargoes to support the supply side, limited fleet growth, and rising ton/miles as more shipments from OPEC countries are made to Asia, rather than to the U.S. things are looking good for a while to come.
The best that can be said is that at least the markets went in the right direction this week but not by much. The Baltic Dry Index closed yesterday on 584 points compared to 560 points last week and 561 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 4,100/day||$ 4,900/day||$ 6,500/day|
|One week ago||$ 4,800/day||$ 4,700/day||$ 6,300/day|
|Spot time charter||$ 4,100/day||$ 4,700/day||$ 6,300/day|
|One week ago||$ 4,800/day||$ 4,700/day||$ 5,900/day|
So now you have have a Capsize for less than $5,000 per day. Nobody is doing well at these levels other than scrap yards where prices are also in rapid decline as owners look to off-load older tonnage that they can hardly give away in today’s market. The Baltic Dry Index closed yesterday on 561 points compared to 533 points last week and 511 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 4,800/day||$ 4,700/day||$ 5,900/day|
|One week ago||$ 5,400/day||$ 4,200/day||$ 5,300/day|
Unsurprisingly given current market conditions, the number of orders placed for bulk carrier new buildings was dramatically down in January. Only 20 new orders were placed compared to 226 in January 2014. The total number of new building orders placed in January was for 109 vessels compared to 695 in January 2014. The Baltic Dry Index remains at historically depressed levels and closed yesterday on 533 points compared to 511 points last week and 540 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 5,400/day||$ 4,200/day||$ 5,300/day|
|One week ago||$ 5,300/day||$ 4,100/day||$ 5,000/day|
Containers: In order to begin the long task of rebuilding some level of business stability,the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement for the eastbound Pacific trade confirmed this week their intent to raise freight rates by $600 per FEU for all shipments effective March 9, and a further $600 per FEU on April 9.
In advance of the Chinese New Year when all trading in that part of the world takes a time-out, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) hit yet another record low on Wednesday this week falling to an absolutely miserable 509 points, its lowest ever level since the index began in January 1985. The situation is made worse by prices for market driving iron ore which accounts for about 30% of all dry bulk freight, falling to their lowest level in almost six years.
The Baltic Dry Index fell to 553 points on Wednesday, 1 point below the previous record set in July and August, 1986. The Index closed yesterday at the abysmal level of 511 points compared to 540 points last week and 564 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 5,300/day||$ 4,100/day||$ 5,000/day|
|One week ago||$ 6,400/day||$ 3,900/day||$ 5,200/day|
LNG: Although there are currently a few spot market exposed LNG carriers anchored off Singapore Mr. Peter Evensen, Chief Executive of Teekay LNG partners, remarked this week that there is an estimated requirement for over 110 standard-size LNG carriers above the existing order book by 2020. In December 2014, the company signed long term time-charter contracts with extension options with Shell for five of the company’s new build LNG carriers and exercised its remaining options with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the construction of three additional 173,400 cbm capacity vessels. The company also has on order six ice-class LNG carriers and two 173,400 cbm MEGI LNG carrier new builds that are to be taken on long term time charter by Cheniere Marketing of Houston to service that company’s Sabine Pass LNG liquefaction facility in Louisiana. Teekay currently operates 29 LNG carriers.
The global bulk fleet is paying a heavy price for excess capacity. The Baltic Dry Index fell to 553 points on Wednesday this week, 1 point below the previous record set in July and August, 1986. The Index closed yesterday at the still painfully low level of 540 points compared to 564 points last week and 632 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 6,400/day||$ 3,900/day||$ 5,200/day|
|One week ago||$ 6,700/day||$ 3,400/day||$ 5,600/day|
Tankers: There is increasing speculation that VLCCs are enjoying a short-lived boom before the onset of the seasonally weak spring season, when refineries traditionally close for revamps, inspections or maintenance. Earnings on the benchmark Middle East to Asia trade route continue to provide strong returns in the $60-70,000/day range.
The 30 year low in the Baltic Dry Index is starting to take its toll on exposed ship owners. This week, privately owned shipping Copenship which had been operating around 50 handysize and handymax bulk carriers filed for bankruptcy in Copenhagen on account of significant losses. They are far from alone in struggling to stay afloat right now and it seems inevitable that other will follow in the near future when rates are not even close to covering daily operating costs. The Index closed yesterday on the ridiculously low level of 564 points compared to 632 points last week and 751 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 6,700/day||$ 3,400/day||$ 5,600/day|
|One week ago||$ 7,800/day||$ 4,400/day||$ 6,300/day|
Containers: Port congestion on the U.S. west coast has boosted the containership charter market to fill scheduling gaps with only around 1% of the fleet currently laid up compared to 3% at this time last year. So far as rates are concerned, the Transpacific Stablization Agreement has reiterated support for at least two, and possibly three, rate rises in the coming weeks with recommended increases of $600 per FEU on February 9, $600 per FEU on March 9 and a so far undetermined increase an April.
Tankers: With older large tankers still disappearing off the market for use as storage, it is expected that as much as 7-8% of capacity (equivalent to around 50 VLCCs) will be consumed for this purpose by the summer. Those experts who make a living by studying these things are estimating that this will lift VLCC spot earning by around $12,000 per day to an average of $40-45,000 per day. We shall see.
Since the beginning of the year, ridiculously low rates have prompted a rush to the scrap yard for aging Capesizes with around 12 already gone and several more on the cusp. Even so, just when we thought that rates could not go much lower, they did with the Baltic Dry Index closing yesterday 632 points compared to 751 points last week and 749 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 7,000/day||$ 4,400/day||$ 6,300/day|
|One week ago||$ 8,800/day||$ 5,600/day||$ 6,900/day|
Containers: Rates from Asia to Northern Europe have improved by more than 20% to $1,250 per TEU over the past week and are still heading north. On the capacity front, Evergreen has announced plans to join the premier league Group with plans to charter 11 x 18,000 TEU vessels from Shoei Kisen Kaisha for delivery between 2018 and 2019.
Tankers: More VLCCs has been chartered for storage of cheap crude. As more VLCCs are used for storage, the global fleet competing on the spot market is shrinking thereby putting owners in a better position to play hard ball on rates. In a sign of continued expectation of market strength, more than 20 VLCCs were taken on extended time charters this month.
Still no new year lift for the dry bulk trades as things remain pretty miserable. The Baltic Dry Index closed yesterday 751 points compared to 749 points last week and 724 points the week previously.
|Spot time charter||$ 8,800/day||$ 5,600/day||$ 6,900/day|
|One week ago||$ 7,000/day||$ 6,100/day||$ 7,700/day|
Containers: The aspirations of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) to impose a substantial General Rate Increase in January have largely come to nothing and the pressure is now on to give it another go in February. Therefore, with effect from February 9, the TSA is proposing a $600 per FEU price increase on all container shipments from Asia to the US in anticipation of a rush of pre-Chinese Lunar New Year shipments. The latest Shanghai Containerized Freight Index indicates that freight rates to the US west coast and east coast from Asia are at $2,100 per FEU and $4,700 per FEU respectively.
Tankers: Spot market rates for VLCCs continue to do well in the current environment of low oil prices. Average earnings were steady in the $80-85,000 per day range this week supported by the charter of a rumored 20 or more older vessels for storage. The owners who placed orders for 33 new build VLCCs last year may have read the tea leaves quite well after all it seems.
The Capesize market came somewhat out of intensive care this week thanks to a small spike in demand for vessels to shift coal from Colombia to Europe. The Baltic Dry Index closed yesterday on 749 points, marginally improved after closing last week on a mere 724 points.
|Spot time charter||$ 7,000/day||$ 6,100/day||$ 7,700/day|
|One week ago||$ 4,700/day||$ 6,200/day||$ 8,600/day|
Bunkers: Despite the efforts of major ocean carriers to hold the line, bunker prices have fallen to a level where slow steaming is in many cases costing more than it is saving in particular on the major container trades. The saving grace may prove to be that many modern container vessels were built for the now common slower speeds in the range of 18-19 knots and when all is said and done, the industry would suffer enormously if additional capacity were to be released into the market. IFO 380 prices in Singapore and Rotterdam were $265 pmt and $234 pmt respectively, MGO $485 pmt and $448 pmt respectively. MGO in Vancouver was still commanding a premium price at $730 pmt.
If the Baltic Dry Index was in bad shape before the holidays, it is now on life support. After closing on 814 points on December 19, the index closed yesterday on a mere 724 points taking us right back to the low levels of seven years ago following the 2008 market crash.
|Spot time charter||$ 4,700/day||$ 6,200/day||$ 8,600/day|
|One week ago||$ 5,100/day||$ 7,400/day||$ 7,700/day|
Tankers: The large tanker segment continues to reap the harvest of demand for oil at less than $50 per barrel. Rates for VLCCs are hovering in the $70-75,000/day range which is below the pre-Christmas $90,000/day range but still good news in comparison to the last six years of pain. There is also every prospect that older vessels will find themselves chartered for storage once on-shore capacity in the major consuming countries is full.