For most of the week the rates were nudging up under a flurry of activity in the Pacific as levels for the West Australia to China C5 route were being fixed in the upper eight-dollar level for usual 170,000dwt vessel, 10% cargo. FMG fixed a Newcastlemax for end-November, loading at $8.65. By the end of the week there was a softer tone and the route ended being marked close to $8.75. Kepco covered a couple of Australia cargos to Youngheung, loading end-November. There was talk of Saldanha Bay to Qingdao fixing for early December in the $15’s, but nothing has been verified. Rates from Brazil moved into the upper $18’s out of Tubarao, with talk of Cargill fixing the ‘Amigo II’ (179,016dwt, 2011 built) possibly at $19.00 for 6 December onwards. Vale were mentioned as having taken some tonnage, but no details have been confirmed. With further fixtures rumoured from St Lawrence, the fronthaul levels are hovering around $35,500. This is almost $500 down from the end of last week.
The Panamax market sell-off continued in the same vain from the previous week, with all sector indices continuing to lose ground on the week. This was despite some suggestions of the market possibly finding a bottom mid-week. In the Atlantic, the longer Transatlantic round-trip rates ranged from $14,250 for a 75,000dwt vessel to a high of $15,500 for an 84,000dwt vessel, basis East Coast South America delivery. The shorter duration trips via the Baltic Sea were few and far between, with a 76,000dwt ship achieving $9,000, whilst $11,000 was fixed on similar sized tonnage. Activity was limited from South America to the Far East, but rates ranged from $14,250, plus $425,000 for a 76,000dwt vessel, to $14,750 plus $475,000 on an 82,000dwt vessel. In the Pacific, traded volumes were relatively healthy, with some Indonesian trips to China reported. This included an overaged 72,000dwt ship concluding at $6,500 and an 82,000dwt ship fixing at $8,500. The longer duration round-trips, via Australia, were also seen to weaken. The highest rate reported being $9,750 on an 82,000dwt vessel, down to the lowest of $7,500 on a 76,000dwt vessel.
Not the most exciting week for the Supramax-Ultramax market. With a plentiful supply of tonnage in many areas, rates saw negative movement. Little period activity surfaced, but a 63,000dwt ship, open Yeosu, was fixed for four to six months trading at $10,350. From East Coast South America, a 55,000dwt ship was failed for a trip delivery Recalada, redelivery Far East, at $12,000 plus $200,000 ballast bonus. Elsewhere, an Ultramax was fixed for a fronthaul delivery Canakkale at around $17,000. The Asian arena also lacked resistance with limited fresh enquiry. A 63,000dwt ship, open Hong Kong, was reported fixed for a trip via Australia, redelivery Taiwan, at $9,750. In the Indonesian coal business, a 58,000dwt vessel fixed delivery Philippines, redelivery India atclose to $8,000. From the Indian Ocean, a 53,000dwt vessel fixed delivery Bin Qasim, via Mina Saqr, redelivery East Coast India, at $10,500.
The gloomy trend from last week continued, with brokers seeing limited activity overall. Negative movement remained with neither basin showing any sign of improvement. Most of the owners and charterers chose to keep the fixtures in the dark as the rates were said to be bearish. On the period front, a 28,000dwt vessel open Istanbul next week was fixed for nine to twelve months at $8,700, with redelivery in the Atlantic. A similar-sized vessel open in the same area was paid $6,000 for a single trip to East Coast South America. From East Coast South America, a 34,000dwt ship was booked for a quick trip to North Brazil at $12,000. A 36,000dwt vessel open Skagen was fixed for a trip to Sea of Marmara at $10,550. In the East, a 33,000dwt ship open Vietnam was fixed for a quick trip to Singapore at $6,000 early in the week.
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