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BDI fredag 24.07.09 -10 pkt.

15725 fcras 24/7 2009 16:37

Baltic Exchange Dry Index 3345 DOWN 10

BCI Baltic Exchange Capesize Index 5170 DOWN 48
BPI Baltic Exchange Panamax Index 3524 UP 29
BSI Baltic Exchange Supramax Index 2091 DOWN 4
BHSI Baltic Exchange Handysize Index 879 UP 5
Panamax Bulk Carrier “Pegasus Island” 2002 - 77.830 dwt (Iino Marine Service Co.Ltd. - Japan)
20.07.09, alongside DBCT, Hay Point waiting to load coal - Photo: © tropic maritime photos, Australia

24/7 2009 17:39 fcras 015730

RBD relets again
RBD Armatori has once again spun a quick and profitable relet deal and is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best operators in the relet market.

There were some exceptions, like a few strong rates in the Atlantic, but generally panamax spot rates came off a little.


RBD Armatori only signed for the 73,100-dwt Pole (built 1997) on Thursday for a year at $25,000 but has turned it out to Cargill for a UK/Med voyage at $34,500 per day.

The Italian has also signed its 84,000-dwt Star of RBD (built 2008) up to Cobelfret for five to seven months at $25,000.

Sinochart paid a very high $35,300 a day for four to six months with the 76,600-dwt Red Jasmine out of Europe very soon.

$40,000 a day was a high as it got in the voyage market, United splashing out on an Atlantic/Med voyage with the 76,600-dwt Double Rejoice (built 2006).

Komrowski has made some plays on the market recently and returned to book the 74,000-dwt Riruccia (built 1997) for a Brazil-Europe spin at $32,000 and a decent ballast bonus of $600,000.

A Black Sea-China trip with the 65,300-dwt Haydar (built 1981) cost the same day rate.

Oldendorff has the 76,000-dwt Navios Star (built 2002) for an Asian itinerary this month for $24,000 daily.

Numbers were weak out in the Pacific with Norden spending $23,000 on a roundtrip from Japan to Australia with the 74,200-dwt Great Eagle (built 2005) and Dreyfus $21,000 for a Far East run with the 72,500-dwt Christina IV (built 2000).


TMT tied itself down to a 58,000-dwt newbuilding out of China next months for 13 to 14 months at a respectable $18,000 per day.

A haul from Brazil to the Far East with the 47,300-dwt Aolucky (built 1998) commanded a high $32,000.

United paid $27,000 a day for a pick-up in Brazil and redelivery in the Atlantic or a bonus of $200,000 on top of this for a redelivery in Asia.

By Eoin O'Cinneide in London
Published: 12:43 GMT, 24 jul 2009 | last updated: 12:43 GMT, 24 jul 2009

25/7 2009 07:35 fcras 015748

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Another mixed week with the indices moving in various directions. The BDI was brought down over 5.5% by the declining caper index which was the big looser of the week loosing nearly 800 points to close at 5,170 (down over 13%). All the other indices ended the week ......... link:

25/7 2009 07:42 fcras 015749

Barry Rogliano Salles Weekly Dry Bulk Market No 644

Saturday, 25 July 2009

The OPEC basket prices have again increased and so did bunkers this week. While some fixtures registered slight rate improvements, these hardly compensated for the higher operating costs ... and global market conditions remain ‘dramatic’ for owners exposed to the spot market ................. link:

26/7 2009 13:08 fcras 015769

July 25, 2009

Article from: The Australian

US coal giant Peabody has ramped up production at its Millennium coking coal mine in Queensland, restoring the jobs of about 40 contractors as it seeks to feed growing Chinese imports.

China's demand for Australian coking coal has surged unexpectedly this year as cheaper import prices made its high-cost mines unprofitable and some of the country's notoriously dangerous mines were closed for apparent safety reasons.

The mine closures started to fuel imports at the beginning of the year but these have surged forward recently as China ramps up steel production to beyond last year's boom levels.

"You're talking about an industry in China of about 400 million tonnes a year, so you only have to displace about 5 per cent of that and you're looking at needing an extra 20 million tonnes," Peabody Energy Australia's marketing manager, Brian Davis, said.

By comparison, Australia, the world's biggest coking coal exporter, can produce about 130 million tonnes a year of coking coal.

Spot prices in China have risen to $US150 ($183) a tonne before freight, which is about $US25 a tonne higher than contract prices agreed to with Japanese steel mills earlier in the year.

Peabody has restarted one of two diggers at Millennium, which it acquired when it bought Excel Coal in 2006, to feed the growing Chinese demand.

The company had idled the digger and cut about 40 contractor jobs because of the global economic slowdown.

This week, Xstrata also said it would restart its idled Oaky 1 underground mine in Queensland after securing sales agreements to the end of the year. Mr Davis sounded a note of caution to the strong demand, saying spot prices may have risen high enough to restart Chinese mines.

He pointed to reports last month that a number of small mines in Shanxi province had restarted after meeting safety requirements.

"That tells me they must be competitive again," he said. "At these spot prices we must be, with freight and demurrage, at or above Chinese price levels."

He said it was unclear what this would mean for demand. "At this level we're all watching very closely," he said.

Officials at the Dalrymple Bay coal terminal near Mackay said the port had for the past five days been running close to the recently expanded capacity rate of 85 million tonnes a year.

However, fresh bottlenecks are flagged when BHP Billiton, Australia's biggest coking coal exporter, completes scheduled maintenance at its Hay Point terminal in the middle of next month.

About half the 14 trains a day that usually supply Hay Point have been diverted to the Dalrymple Bay system, helping exports run out smoother.

If demand is still running hot when they return to Hay Point, the 36-strong ship queue now at the port is expected to grow.

Separately, BHP yesterday said it had approved the $US260million expansion of its Mt Arthur thermal coal mine near Musswellbrook in the Hunter Valley of NSW. The expanded mine is expected to employ a further 190 workers from 2011.
Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Pty, Ltd.

Photo: DBCT loading facility 20-07-09, with (from left):

Panamax Bulk Carrier "Peoria" 1996 - 70.231 dwt.
Harren & Partner - Germany

Capesize Bulk Carrier “Shin-Sho” 2006 - 177.000 dwt
Sandigan Ship Service Inc.- Philippines

Panamax Bulk Carrier “Pegasus Island” 2002 - 77.830 dwt.
Iino Marine Service Co.Ltd.- Japan

Panamax Bulk Carrier "Navios Felicity" 1997 - 73.867 dwt.
Navios Maritime Partners L.P. - Greece

27/7 2009 07:39 fcras 015784

Sunday, 26 July 2009 10:54

Chinese coal shipper Guangdong Lanyue Energy Development Co is looking to add more bulkers to its newbuilding tally .

The aggressive player will be looking at a total of 20 newbuildings in the next five years, say sources close to the company.

It was reported last week that Lanyue had already ordered 10 supramaxes through its shipping subsidiary, Lanhai.

The 57,000-dwt vessels, which were ordered at Yangfan Group Co and Xiamen Shipbuilding, are believed to be the first of up to 100 newbuildings that the ambitious player aims to secure for its fleet.

The ships will be used purely for domestic purposes to transport coal from the north of China to its power plants in Guangdong.

An industry source said, "They are planning for 20 newbuildings to be delivered over the next five years. After that, who knows. But that is their short to medium-term plan."

Chinese companies have been able to sustain an aggressive position in the market as domestic financing has been less affected by the worldwide recession.

"It would have been easy for Lanyue to secure a loan for these vessels, as one Chinese company buying from another Chinese company," said one market insider.

Source: Asiasis