Friday, 15 June 12 CAPESIZE - THE LEVELS THAT DID FIX ARE DOWN W-O-W LEVELS - FEARNLEYS
Another slow-moving market with rates hovering at same level as last week. US Gulf positions fixed USD 25,000 for trips to Cont/Passero and Skaw/ Passero fixed USD 5000 for trips across the Atlantic. Fronthauls was paid around USD 19,000. Pacific market is looking steadier as it has been of late. For Indo-India, large eco Supra now fixed at USD 7000 + BB USD 90,000 bss APS Indonesia. There is very limited Nopac enquiry. Indian iron ore market remains quiet with less activity on WCI & ECI as monsoon arrives, WCI-China rates around USD 8000 and ECI-China around USD 5000. RBCT rv remain around USD 6000 delivery India or 10,000 + BB USD 250k. Red Sea fertilisers to India are fixed high teens. Not much activity seen on short period and rates around USD 9000 for large Supra.
It was a slow start to the week with limited trading in both hemispheres. With lack of fresh cargoes and a steady flow of ballasters entering the Atlantic, the supply/demand indices facing bigger gap. Mid week we do however see some more cargoes in the Atlantic and this is probably caused by the attractive freight rates being achieved by chrts. TArvs pending around USD high 8´s and fronthauls being fixed in the region of USD 17k. News of China starting up stimulus packages to help the economy might influence the market positively. They will build infrastructure and help the steel sector. In the Pacific some period fixtures were reported at low USD 6k while rounds are being fixed in region of USD 5,500-6,000.
With a slow end to a slow week the market has struggled to pick up momentum this week with limited cargoes to be had in both basins. The levels that did fix are down w-o-w levels. C5 continued to slide, due to a very slow iron ore market, believe the lowest level iron ore cargo fixed at USD 6.75 pmt and coal prices are also dropping slowing the coal market with limited activity from Chinese importers. 4CTC average edged down to around the USD 4100/day down from the USD 4500/day level last week. There has been limited period activity but short period levels should be somewhere in the mid to high USD 9000 level. With the continuing downward trend in the market we also hear that MOL has decided to scrap and cold lay-up between 10-20 Capesizes over the coming months. Source: FEARNLEYS AS
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