Saturday, 21 July 12 THE FREIGHT RATES ARE EXPECTED TO BE FLAT TO SOFT NEXT WEEK - VISTAAR
COALspot.com - The freight market was soft this week as all the segments were down.
The BDI was down by 6.58 pct closing at 1,037 points and the cape index was down by 3.33 pct closing at 1,276 points. The Panamax index was also down by 3.83 pct closing at 1,156 points and supramax index was down by 7.38 pct closing at 1,192 points. The handy size index also down by 5.05 pct closing at 657 points.
The market is expected to be flat to soft next week also.
The Supramax freight market was steady from Indonesia to India and vessels were rating around US$ 9,000 delivery South China for trip to India. Short Period charter rates for Supramax was around $10,500 per day and for Panamax was around US$ 9,500 per day. The freight rates are expected to be flat to soft next week.
The average charter rates were at Cape/US$ 5,342 per day , Panamax/US$ 9,219 per day , Supramax/US$ 12,459 per day and Handy size/US$ 9,519 per day.
The futures for three years (2012-2015) were at around Cape/US$ 15,000 per day, Panamax/US$ 11,000 per day, Supramax/US$ 11,000 per day , Handy size/US$ 9,250 per day.
The supramax index in the far east (S8 route) was down by 5.85 pct and closed at US$ 8,700 per day (last week it was at US$ 9241 per day) and S7 route was down by 4.97 pct and closed at US$ 6766 per day (last week it was US$ 7120 per day) . Both routes are likely to be soft next week.
The congestion in EC Australia was at 66 vessels this week (last week 74 vessels). The vessels waiting at main coal loading ports were at Haypoint/5, DBCT/19, Gladstone/3, Abbot Point/2, New Castle/35, Port Kembla/Nil vessels. On the WC Australia iron ore vessels waiting was at 39 vessels (last week 35 vessels).
The Brent crude oil prices firmed up during the week , however there was signs of slight softening closing of the week. The Brent crude was up by 3.78 pct and closed at US$ 106.63 per barrel (last week US$ 102.75 per barrel). The bunker prices also firmed up closing at US$ 637.50 (last week US$ 601.50 pmt) for IFO 380 cst ex Singapore on 20th July 2012.
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