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Thursday, 26 August 10 CHARTERERS SWITCHING FROM PANAMAX TO CAPE STEMS DUE TO CAPE FALL
The activity picked up in the Atlantic with more enquiries seen for short period tonnage for end August/beg September - As the grain season is fast approaching, the south American and USG markets should enjoy firm rates. Rates are at mid/high 30´s for t/a rounds on Supras, mid/high 40´s for trips Far East. There are rumors Handymax vessels are seeing at least 40k to be induces to go to the Indian Ocean/Far East. Cosbulk has relet the Sea Lantana (52kdwt) at usd 23,500 for 1 year basis delivery Continent in early September dates. Outlook: firm. The positive sentiment in the Pacific still seems to be there, but the start of this week has been quiet with a stand offish feel at present. Charterers seem to be speculating that the market may come off a little while owners are still confident and aiming for last done or better. Pacific rounds are in the low 20´s with a tick more for Nopac while short period enquiries are hot and have been fixing in the mid 20´s.
Atlantic ended active last week, but lost momentum this week. Increased export from US Gulf explained most of the activity and maybe as a consequence of a strong Cape market end last and beginning this week. Yesterday some charterers changed from Panamax to Cape stems due to Cape fall. Volume still there but levels down. Fronthaul aiming at mid/high 30k levels. Short period 4-6 months obtain around usd 27,500. Pacific market more quiet the last days, both for spot and period business. Atlantic RV fixed at levels usd 26-26,500 while Pacific pending 22-23k while a modern Panamax for 1 year at 25,500.
Capesize Taking a breather or in for a setback after a period of strong improvement? Spot market presently softening as more tonnage showing for early positions - but number of ballasters heading for Brazil not frightening. Average spot levels are up some 15% w-o-w to come in at usd 34k. Iron ore is the main driver, with fronthaul up from usd 50k to 57k and Pacific rounds up usd 3k to usd 33k. Period activity has been considerable on back of supporting paper values - representative fixtures including 203kdwt/blt 2007 done for 7-9 mos, delivery Shanghai, prompt at usd 40k, 171kdwt/blt 1997 fixing 12 mos usd 32k, delivery China beg Sept, and 171kdwt/blt 99 done for 4-6 mos usd 36k basis delivery China beg Sept. Source: FEARNBULK
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