The Supramax/Ultramax market looks subdued in the Far East. Players report the shortage of fresh steel requests on the market which together with increased tonnage list leaves no other choice for owners but to lower ideas. Thus, charterers are fixing such vessels around $1k daily below last week’s levels:
A carrier of 63k dwt has been chartered at $31k daily for steel transportation bss dely mid-China via Taiwan redel USG;
Brokers suggest $35k daily for Ultramax fleet bss dely Far East redel Med;
A Supramax ship can be fixed at about $24k daily bss dely Bohai Bay redel SE Asia;
On the voyage basis, carrying 45,000 t of urea from N.China to Tuticorin with 5,000c/10,000x l/d rates is estimated by ISM at $42.75/t.
With regard to CIS RVs, Supramax/Ultramax owners still get a healthy premium for such trips:
Reportedly, a 52k dwt vessel has been chartered at $40k daily bss dely mid China via CIS redel China;
On the voyage basis, transportation of 55,000 t of coal from Vanino to Shanghai is quoted by ISM at $25.5/t with 12,000c/12,000c l/d rates.
The NOPAC sector also remains unattractive, with limited number of fresh requests ex PNW ports:
Supramax TCT rates bss NOPAC RV dely Far East are voiced by brokers at $25k daily;
On the voyage basis, shipment of 50,000 t of petcoke from Vancouver to Qingdao with 12,000c/12,000c l/d rates is quoted by ISM at $49.75/t.
Meanwhile, the sentiment is looking better in the Handysize segment amid a number of fresh steel offers from China and Japan towards SE Asia:
A 38k dwt vessel has been fixed at $28.5k daily for steels transportation bss dely S.Korea via China redel Indonesia;
A 20k dwt carrier has been chartered at $18.5k daily for steel coils transportation bss dely N.China via Japan redel Thailand;
The cargo offer ex NOPAC reportedly stays limited. Thus, a 38k dwt ship has been fixed at $21.5k daily for grain transportation bss dely Japan via NOPAC redel Japan;
As for CIS RVs, the contract for a 43k dwt vessel bss CIS RV dely S.Korea has been signed at $31k daily;
On the voyage basis, shipment of 30,000 t of bulk DAP from Zhenjiang to Karachi with 10,000c/4,500x l/d rates is quoted by ISM at $60.25/t;
Transportation of 30,000 t of coal from Vanino to Shanghai with 10,000c/10,000c l/d rates is estimated by ISM at $29.5/t.