Healthier New Year for Container Charter Market, But Owner Concerns Remain

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - The containership charter market has entered 2018 in a much healthier state than it was a year ago, but shipowners remain concerned about the impact of liner consolidation on vessel employment. Alphaliner’s charter index finished 2017 46% higher than 12 months previously, with all sectors recording improvements in what the consultant … [Read more...]

DHL Says Ocean Freight Rates Have Reached Turning Point

DUESSELDORF, Germany, April 6 (Reuters) - Demand for ocean and air freight has been better than expected this year, with increasing volumes and rates finally improving after years in the doldrums, executives from freight forwarding company DHL, part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, said. "We're seeing relatively high demand for both ocean and air freight. We're seeing rising … [Read more...]

Capesize Rates to Fall as Too Much Tonnage Stalks Market

By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Freight rates for large capesize dry cargo ships on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as too many ships chase available cargoes, brokers said on Thursday. "The market is absolutely dead today - it's all very doom and gloom," said a Singapore-based capesize broker on Thursday. While BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto … [Read more...]

Freight Futures Market Avoids Tougher EU Information Disclosures

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The European Union's securities markets regulator has dropped proposals to make participants in the multi-billion dollar commodity derivatives market for freight rates disclose knowledge of loading conditions, the Baltic Exchange said. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its report on Sept. 30 on its … [Read more...]

Container Shipping Faces Tough 2016 as Rates Plummet 78% This Tear

By Ole Mikkelsen COPENHAGEN, April 15 (Reuters) - Shipping freight rates for transporting containers from ports in Asia to Northern Europe have plummeted 78 percent this year, after posting another drop this week, a source with access to data from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index told Reuters. Rates fell 6.9 percent to $271 per 20-foot container (TEU) in the week … [Read more...]