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Market Insight

Our sector specialists have been examining the supply-demand factors of container, tanker and dry bulk markets regularly. Our aim is to look through rumours, noises and explain what the current market dynamics and future trends are. After all, markets are where shipping companies are making or losing their money.

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Containers: Charter rate

Latest From Charter rates

Charter market starts 2018 on firm footing

High fixture activity drives unseasonal rate boost and lifts confidence for the year ahead

International Containers

Business brisk but charter rates stay unmoved

Owners struggle to agree fixtures above last done levels despite robust low season demand

International Containers

Cautious optimism descends on boxships charter market

The issue of new big containerships will not go away, leaving owners on tenterhooks with no certainty which way the market will swing

International Charter rates

Supramax freight rates drop but sentiment remains positive

Rates may be boosted in coming weeks due to active Australian market

International Dry Bulk

Panamax index softens despite pickup in Pacific trades

Market to remain strong unless there is a severe shortage in cargo availability, says broker

Asia Pacific Dry Bulk

Grain shipments inject life into panamax spot market

Tight tonnage conditions in both basins could encourage further rate rises

Asia Pacific China
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Containers: Between the lines

Latest From Between the lines

Between the Lines: CMA CGM outperforms generally lukewarm third-quarter carrier results

Operational returns underperform carrier expectations, despite healthy demand growth

International Containers

Between the Lines: Fourth-quarter capacity overhang

Expected blankings to reduce capacity after the peak season have yet to materialise

Asia Pacific North America

Between the Lines: Asia-Europe capacity outlook

Short and long-term Asia-Europe capacity forecast shows blankings appear necessary

Asia Pacific Europe

Between the Lines: Capacity changes

Increasing vessel size on major trade lanes has led to a collapse in the number of services offered.

Containers Between the lines

Between the Lines: Alliances analysed II

We round off the alliance capacity injection analysis with the transatlantic trade

Containers Between the lines

Between the Lines: Alliances analysed

As the new alliances launch their new services, we take a deep dive into their network operations

Containers Between the lines
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Dry Bulk: Capesize

Latest From Capes

Baltic Dry Index tumbles on easing capesize market

Period rates for capes appear strong

Australia China

Weaker demand starts to bite dry bulk

Maritime Strategies International forecasts a sharp drop in capesize earnings in the short term

Dry Bulk Ship operations

BDI change hangs in balance amid opposition from handysize players

Baltic Exchange pushes back launch date of new BDI, saying any potential change would only occur in end-January

United Kingdom Dry Bulk

Easing of port congestion causes capesize slump

Brokers expect a firming of rates in the coming week ahead of raw material restocking efforts by China

Asia Pacific International

BDI cannot be both a shipping barometer and effective trading platform

Proposed omission of handysize segment detracts from goal of using the BDI as a barometer of dry bulk markets, says Howe Robinson

Dry Bulk Capes

Vale looks to the next generation of VLOCs

Vale secures second and third generations of VLOCs in a way that can befriend shipping firms while not worsening overcapacity

Asia Pacific South America
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Dry Bulk: Handies

Latest From Handies

Weaker demand starts to bite dry bulk

Maritime Strategies International forecasts a sharp drop in capesize earnings in the short term

Dry Bulk Ship operations

BDI change hangs in balance amid opposition from handysize players

Baltic Exchange pushes back launch date of new BDI, saying any potential change would only occur in end-January

United Kingdom Dry Bulk

China's steel tariff removal can spur exports, but not significantly

Move is likely to support the demand for geared bulkers in 2018

China Dry Bulk

BDI cannot be both a shipping barometer and effective trading platform

Proposed omission of handysize segment detracts from goal of using the BDI as a barometer of dry bulk markets, says Howe Robinson

Dry Bulk Capes

Capesize market sizzles to new heights

The surge in the capesize sector has boosted the Baltic Dry Index to the highest level in almost four years

Market Insight Dry Bulk

Capesize earnings hit $24,000 per day

Iron ore demand keeps capesize market hot

Market Insight Capes
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Dry Bulk: Panamax

Latest From Panamax

Weaker demand starts to bite dry bulk

Maritime Strategies International forecasts a sharp drop in capesize earnings in the short term

Dry Bulk Ship operations

BDI change hangs in balance amid opposition from handysize players

Baltic Exchange pushes back launch date of new BDI, saying any potential change would only occur in end-January

United Kingdom Dry Bulk

Traders cautious on China's lifting of coal import restrictions

However, the impact on freight markets remains uncertain

China Indonesia

Aluminium demand to grow 4% a year over next five years, says Rio Tinto

Improved demand scenario likely to continue over a 15-year span and present opportunities for dry bulk vessel owners

Asia Pacific China

Capesize market sizzles to new heights

The surge in the capesize sector has boosted the Baltic Dry Index to the highest level in almost four years

Market Insight Dry Bulk

Big shake up in South Korea's energy mix to weigh on dry bulk shipments

Impact of coal import cuts in the nation could hit most dry bulk vessel segments

South Korea Dry Bulk
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Dry Bulk: Ultra & Supras

Latest From Ultra and supras

Weaker demand starts to bite dry bulk

Maritime Strategies International forecasts a sharp drop in capesize earnings in the short term

Dry Bulk Ship operations

Supramax bulker rates supported in Asia

Steady product flows out of southeast Asia and congestion at Indonesias coal ports help supramax rate increases in the Pacific basin

Dry Bulk Market Insight

BDI change hangs in balance amid opposition from handysize players

Baltic Exchange pushes back launch date of new BDI, saying any potential change would only occur in end-January

United Kingdom Dry Bulk

China's steel tariff removal can spur exports, but not significantly

Move is likely to support the demand for geared bulkers in 2018

China Dry Bulk

Capesize market sizzles to new heights

The surge in the capesize sector has boosted the Baltic Dry Index to the highest level in almost four years

Market Insight Dry Bulk

Capesize earnings hit $24,000 per day

Iron ore demand keeps capesize market hot

Market Insight Capes
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Tankers & Gas: LNG

Latest From LNG

Golar Partners wins 15-year FSRU contract

Master limited partnership can nominate either Golar Spirit or Golar Freeze to the Atlantic basin project

Norway Tankers and Gas

Cheniere signs LNG supply pact with Trafigura

Development will provide a lift to the LNG shipping market and boost spot trades

US States Tankers and Gas

Baltic Exchange forms panel of LNG shipbrokers for index development

Move marks the first foray into LNG by the historic institution, whose dry bulk and oil tanker freight assessments markets are widely referenced

Europe United Kingdom

Flex LNG takes delivery of first vessel amid bullish market mood

Second ship is due on Thursday as spot rates hover around four-year high

North America Asia Pacific

Secondhand shipping markets expand by 47% to $32bn in 2017

VesselsValue estimates show activity picking up in nearly all sectors of cargo carriers and offshore units

Containers Dry Bulk

GasLog confirms LNG tanker order at SHI

The order without charter back-up reflects the New York-listed owner’s market confidence

US States Tankers and Gas
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Tankers & Gas: LPG

Latest From LPG

Emerging VLGC newbuilding demand defies spot weakness

Up to six very large gas carriers have been ordered since end-December as prices hover around 15-year low

US States Middle East and Africa

Secondhand shipping markets expand by 47% to $32bn in 2017

VesselsValue estimates show activity picking up in nearly all sectors of cargo carriers and offshore units

Containers Dry Bulk

Lacklustre year for tankers ends with signs of recovery

Baltic Exchange’s year-end report card: LPG and product tankers enjoy winter spikes but VLCCs disappoint

Tankers and Gas LPG

Baltic LPG Index rises to a seven-month high

VLGC rates jump by more than 10% this month on strong chartering activity in Middle East and traffic issues in the US

Middle East and Africa US States

BW LPG expects Marcus Hook exports to mainly benefit VLGCs

Energy Transfer Partners’ Mariner East 2 pipeline widely predicted to boost LPG tanker demand in 2018

US States BW firms

Look into the crystal ball – and decide what to do next

With a broad market recovery and a brighter outlook, owners have a chance to avoid past mistakes in 2018

Containers Dry Bulk
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Tankers & Gas: Products

Latest From Products

Refinery maintenance in Europe and Middle East hurts product tanker rates

But negative impact is partially offset with consuming nations seeking barrels elsewhere

Europe Middle East and Africa

Atlantic MR markets begin 2018 on solid footing

Atlantic basket earnings up 24% this year owing to high US Gulf exports, but oversupply plagues East-of-Suez rates

Asia Pacific Europe

Navig8 sees 'business as usual' after Gener8 and Scorpio deals

Group will retain significant presence in shipping as a pool and asset manager, says chairman Gary Brocklesby

Tankers and Gas Products

Lacklustre year for tankers ends with signs of recovery

Baltic Exchange’s year-end report card: LPG and product tankers enjoy winter spikes but VLCCs disappoint

Tankers and Gas LPG

Concordia Maritime fixes MR period charters as spot rates improve

Product tanker specialist bets on 2018 recovery as Atlantic trades show signs of bullishness

Europe Middle East and Africa

Period rates for tankers pressured by limited charter interest

The S&P market is active, with several sale and leaseback deals seen

International Tankers and Gas
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Tankers & Gas: Suez & Aframax

Latest From Suez and Aframax

Crude tanker markets feel impact of oversupply

Owners still can take advantage of occasional spike as seen in recent VLCC and aframax market developments

Middle East and Africa Europe

Hound Point tanker lifting resumes after Forties pipeline repairs

UK terminal offers small respite to crude tanker markets’ lacklustre opening to 2018

Europe United Kingdom

Navig8 sees 'business as usual' after Gener8 and Scorpio deals

Group will retain significant presence in shipping as a pool and asset manager, says chairman Gary Brocklesby

Tankers and Gas Products

Lacklustre year for tankers ends with signs of recovery

Baltic Exchange’s year-end report card: LPG and product tankers enjoy winter spikes but VLCCs disappoint

Tankers and Gas LPG

Forties closure hurt aframax demand as suezmax escapes from Nigerian strike

Update: PENGASSAN halts its planned nationwide strike

United Kingdom Nigeria

Aframax market to remain challenging, says Gibsons

Freight rates to remain under pressure in the coming year

Russian Federation Tankers and Gas
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Tankers & Gas: VLCC

Latest From VLCC

Crude tanker markets feel impact of oversupply

Owners still can take advantage of occasional spike as seen in recent VLCC and aframax market developments

Middle East and Africa Europe

Secondhand shipping markets expand by 47% to $32bn in 2017

VesselsValue estimates show activity picking up in nearly all sectors of cargo carriers and offshore units

Containers Dry Bulk

Hound Point tanker lifting resumes after Forties pipeline repairs

UK terminal offers small respite to crude tanker markets’ lacklustre opening to 2018

Europe United Kingdom

Navig8 sees 'business as usual' after Gener8 and Scorpio deals

Group will retain significant presence in shipping as a pool and asset manager, says chairman Gary Brocklesby

Tankers and Gas Products

Lacklustre year for tankers ends with signs of recovery

Baltic Exchange’s year-end report card: LPG and product tankers enjoy winter spikes but VLCCs disappoint

Tankers and Gas LPG

Baltic Exchange takes deckplate approach in switch to TD3C

London-based exchange opts for trading accuracy rather than historical consistency

China Japan
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