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The unexpected shutdown will mean a reduction in exports to somewhere between 600,000 tonnes to 1m tonnes over 10 to 15 days, with the losses expected to be made up next month with bigger shipments, analayst Wood Mackenzie estimates
The Baltic Dry Index has reached its lowest level in two-and-a-half years and was at 634 points on Monday as fixtures to China dried up
Deutsche Bank sees mid-sized carriers outperforming other dry bulk segments on the back of strengthening coal trades in the Pacific basin combined with higher grains exports in the Atlantic
Freight rates are likely to improve for capesizes and panamaxes if chronic congestion continues
Grain shipments from the US to Europe and parts of Asia alongside higher coal volumes moving to India are keeping panamax vessels nicely employed
Weakest performer is forecast to be the Middle East Gulf-US Gulf VLCC trade amid rising US crude output
Trade tensions, Chinese policies and supply disruptions may continue to affect market landscape even as fleet growth remains low
The latest cape rally in a volatile market has pushed up BDI to its highest in a month
Strong seaborne trade demand from China and rising bunker prices point to healthy freight earnings for bulker owners
Beijing’s curb on imports of US grains may shake global dry bulk trades
The BDI is at the highest in almost four months thanks in part to a surge in capesize rates, which continues to be boosted by China’s import demand
Coal imports to China and India could surprise to the upside but medium term prospects look better for smaller vessels
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