Thursday, 30 August 12 INDO-INDIA, LARGE ECO SUPRA NOW FIXED AT USD 7K FOR DELIVERY SINGAPORE - FEARNLEYS AS
The Supra market continued its negative trend with little fresh business entering the market. Continent positions fixed around USD 4k for trips to US Gulf, and USD 17500-ish for east redel. The US Gulf market kept more stable and fixed in line with last week, at low USD 11k towards Continent. Pacific market remained quiet due to lot of ships available. For Indo-India, large eco Supra now fixed at USD 7k for delivery Singapore. Nopac also fixed bss APS at USD 7k + BB USD 250k. Indian iron ore market remains quiet with less activity on WCI & ECI. WCI-China rates around USD 7k and ECI-China around USD 5k. RBCT rv fixed at APS USD 7k + BB USD 250k. Red Sea fertilisers to India are fixed high teens. Not much activity seen on short period and rates around USD 9k for large Supra.
Bank holiday in London on Monday did not help the already bearish sentiment in the Panamax market. It was an extremely quiet start to the week and rates are continuing to slip in both hemispheres. We see the commodity imports to China slowing further and experienced several cargos failing subjects due to not closing the sale itself. Mid week we see some more cgos in the Atlantic but the number of vessels are still outnumbering the cargos. Tarvs are being fixed in region of USD 5k while Fhauls are being fixed at around USD 15/16k with Cont delivery. In the Pacific rounds are being fixed at ard the same levels as in the Atlantic ie 5k. The period market is non excisting with levels that can be achieved are too low for owners to even consider.
A w-o-w improvement in daily earnings of more than 20% would under normal circumstances be remarkable, but when basis is around USD 2700 it hardly raises eyebrows. The last few days have seen a micro-rally caused by Australian miners paying up to replace tonnage delayed by bad weather, and a certain optimism has been evident also for the Brazil/China iron ore trade on speculations that Chinese mills will take advantage of falling iron ore prices. Fundamentals generally remain unchanged, however, and present spot average value of USD 3300/day still covers less than half of daily running costs. Despite this, majors keep picking short period tonnage, although at ever lower levels - recently exemplified by 177000 dwt/built 2007 delivering china prompt for 4-7 months at USD 8k/day. Source: FEARNLEYS AS
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