13 February 2013
”The smaller the better” seems to be the mantra in the tanker segment these days. Whilst all crude tanker segments enjoyed a spike in earnings in late December, the subsequent drop hit the VLCC much harder than the Aframax segment.
12 February 2013
The record-high Chinese imports towards the end of 2012 ensured that quantities of Chinese iron ore reached an all-time high of 744 million tons for the full year, according to Chinese customs data. Meanwhile, port inventories have been decreasing considerably since early September, suggesting that the demand should stay sturdy in the coming year.
10 December 2012
Last year, US coal exports seized all the headlines as they were up by 31%, showing the flexibility of the producers to seek overseas opportunities as higher gas production, followed by lower gas prices, turned the tables in the domestic US market.
14 October 2012
As we are heading into Q4 our thoughts go back to the strong days during the end of last year. In spite of a recent strong return of Chinese iron ore imports, history is unlikely to repeat itself. Freight rates have been on the slide since mid-Summer and only Capes have resisted consistent erosion.
14 October 2012
At this point in time, everything points towards a stronger and expanding global economy for 2013. This is the widespread opinion, reinforcing the belief that 2012 is the final trough of what might turn out to have become a W-shaped recovery.
16 August 2012
The summer lull in the freight market is soon to be over as we enter into the seasonally-stronger final five months of the year. Hopefully, this will bring around higher earnings, but the outlook is unlikely to support a joyride similar to that of last year. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) currently stands at 843 (August 6), a level which is 53% below the average of the final five months of 2011.
14 August 2012
As we approach the fourth anniversary of the start of the global financial and economic crisis the outlook continues to be bleak. The V-shaped recovery is now ancient history and the sustainable growth level that we hoped would settle high continue to show a sideways or even descending trend.
14 February 2012
... paving the way for a growth scenario, as the dark clouds just won’t go away before that happens. As the world continues to deal with severe economic challenges – a very fragile world economy and high volatility in the financial markets – the IMF slashed its forecast for global GDP growth across the board.
13 December 2011
While the workhorses in the Panamax and Supramax segments performed in line with the BIMCO forecast – hovering around USD 15,000 per day – Handysize vessels performed slightly worse than expected, tipping their toes just South of the USD 10,000 per day. On the very positive side,
13 December 2011
By looking at the JPMorgan Global Manufacturing & Service PMI, it is clear that global growth is under pressure, as PMI output reaches the lowest level since mid-2009. The PMI data shows that global private sector output expanded at the weakest rate since the recovery began in August 2009. At 51.4, down from 52.0 in September, the output index indicated only a modest increase in economic activity.