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October 2021

Singapore’s September bunker sales fall to 15-month low

Bunker sales in the world’s largest bunkering hub fell to 3.94 million tonnes in September, the lowest level since June 2020 and a 6.7% drop from September 2020.

Us soya bean inspections nearly double week-on-week to 1.6m tonnes

After a slow start to the US soya bean export season, partly due to disruption from Hurricane Ida, US soya bean inspections ahead of exports have jumped to 1.6m tonnes in the week ending 7 October. This represents a 90.9% jump from the week before and is the highest level seen since the start of February 2021 which marked the end of the main export season of the 2020/2021 marketing year.

September crude oil tanker demolishing hits 39-months high at 1.9m DWT

Has the lid finally come off for crude oil tanker demolition in 2021? If judged by the 1.9m DWT of capacity that was removed in September, the answer is “yes”.

September 2021

Iron ore spot freight rates spike 163% to lift Capesize earnings

As the average length of the journey increases, partly due to port congestions in China, soaking up capacity and pushing up spot rates, shipowners will likely be enjoying high freight rates until the end of the year.

Transatlantic container shipping spot rates jump 210% on last year

For almost three months now, the spot freight rate for containerised goods shipped by sea from North Europe to the US East Coast has been 210% higher than last year (1 July – 23 Sept).

Chinese coal imports from Australia drop 98.6% as restrictions bite

In the first seven months of the year Chinese coal imports from Australia have totalled just 780,000 tonnes as Chinese restrictions on Australian coal have started to hurt, according to Oceanbolt.

US West Coast laden container exports fall to 327,417 TEU

Exports from the major US west coast container ports took another hit in July, falling to their lowest level since at least 2010, the earliest BIMCO has data for.

China’s 49.2 manufacturing PMI indicates falling activity in August

The 49.2 composite reading of the Caixin/Markit China manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) in August marks the first contraction in activity since April 2020 when China was recovering from its initial COVID-19 outbreak.

August 2021

China's 2021 crude oil imports down 5.7% as strong start loses steam

 Chinese crude oil imports fell year-on-year in June and July, ending a streak of five months of accumulated year-on-year growth.

Chinese iron ore imports fall to 14-month low in July

Chinese iron ore imports fell to 88.5 million tonnes in July, the lowest level since May 2020.