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Baltic Exchange releases weekly shipping market report

April 15, 2024

Abstract : The Baltic Exchange has published its weekly report of the dry and tanker markets for April 8-12, 2024.

BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhua) -- The Baltic Exchange has published its weekly report of the dry and tanker markets for April 8-12, 2024 as below:


At the beginning of the week, the Pacific market showed promising activity with healthy cargo volumes. However, despite this, conditions slightly weakened, and the Atlantic market remained subdued, as the week got underway. Nevertheless, as the week progressed, the Pacific market saw increased activity, particularly before the Singapore holiday, with C5 stabilizing around the $8.90 mark. Meanwhile, the Atlantic market continued to lag behind, with minimal engagement and limited discussions. Despite a quiet day during the midweek holiday in Singapore, there was a positive turn as the market rebounded, reflecting growing confidence. Improved timecharter fixtures led to substantial surges in the C10 and C5 indices, signaling a positive momentum shift. Similarly, the Atlantic market showed signs of improvement, with a widening gap between bids and offers as the bids began to improve. Overall, it has been a positive end to the week as evidenced by the BCI 5TC rising by $641 to close at $21,164 having started the week at $18,226. 


A mixed week, the opening part returned weaker rates only to find some impetus mid-week to flatten out as the week ended. In the Atlantic, a pick-up of grain demand mid-week both from south and north coast South America drove rates forward, an 81,000dwt delivery north France achieving $23,000 for a trip via NC South America redelivery Far East. The north of the arena by comparison lacking demand but weirdly saw a tightening tonnage count to leave rates in the balance. Asia blighted by various holidays had a muted feel but we end with solid demand appearing primarily ex Australia, a scrubber fitted 82,000dwt delivery China was heard fixed at $15,000 for a trip via EC Australia redelivery India and with firm sentiment emanating from the south Atlantic rates would have appeared to be supported. Limited period fixing; however, an 82,000dwt delivery China was heard fixed basis six to nine months at $18,000.


Mixed blessings for the owning side this past week, whilst the Atlantic appeared rather positional the widespread holidays in Asia saw limited action although sentiment seemingly remained fairly positive with tonnage supply remaining relatively tight. From the Atlantic better levels were seen from the US Gulf but from the south Atlantic it remained finely balanced. There was also more fresh enquiry from the Mediterranean and Continent. A 60,000dwt open US Gulf was heard fixed for a trip via Red Sea redelivery Port Said. A 63,000dwt open North Continent was also heard fixed for a trip via the Baltic to South Africa at $18,500. From Asia, a 57,000dwt fixed delivery passing Hoping trip via east Kalimantan redelivery WC India at $10,000. Whilst a 53,000dwt fixed delivery Singapore trip via Indonesia redelivery China at $12,750. More activity surfaced from the Indian Ocean, a 63,000dwt fixing delivery Port Elizabeth trip redelivery China at $22,500 plus $225,000 ballast bonus. 


In a week with more holidays across large portions of the globe due to Eid, visible activity remained muted. In the south Atlantic, limited cargo availability remained an issue for Owners and a 32,000dwt was rumored to have been fixed for a trip from Recalada to Algeria with an intended cargo of grains at $16,500 whilst a 37,000dwt opening in Nueva Palmira was rumored to have failed on subject’s basis delivery when we’re ready via the River Plate to Algeria at $18,500.  There were unconfirmed rumors on the Continent of a 37,000dwt fixing from the French Bay to north coast South America at around $10,000 but further details had yet to surface. In Asia, cargo availability from Australia and Indonesia remained limited, keeping levels soft for tonnage in the region, with a 37,000dwt opening in EC India being fixed basis delivery passing Singapore via Australia to north China with an intended cargo of grains at $11,000. 



In the MEG this week LR2 freight continued to crumble this week. The TC1 rate for 75kt MEG/Japan dropped a further 26 points to WS162 and the 90kt MEG/UK-Continent TC20 voyage also dipped to the tune of circa $640,000 to $4.9 million

West of Suez, Mediterranean/East LR2’s saw a 10% drop of $441,000 to $3.83 million.


In the MEG, LR1 freight also remained on a downward trajectory this week. The 55kt MEG/Japan index of TC5 went from WS224 to WS189 exactly 1 month on from when it breached over WS200. The 65kt MEG/UK-Continent of TC8 shed another $614,000 to $3.99 million.  

On the UK-Continent, the 60kt ARA/West Africa lost eight points to go sub WS200 and is currently at WS198. At these levels earnings are still $37,000 per day on Baltic description round trip.


MR’s in the MEG also felt the pressure from the larger vessel markets in the region. TC17 35kt MEG/East Africa lost 29 points to WS280.  

On the UK-Continent MR’s were subject to downward retesting this week. The 37kt ARA/US-Atlantic coast of TC2 came down 17 points to WS184. On a TC19 run (37kt ARA/West Africa) the index also had a 26 points cut out from it, to its current level of WS212.

As with the Continent the USG MR’s have come down over the last week. TC14 (38kt US-Gulf/UK-Continent) lost another 11 points of value down to WS194. The 38kt US Gulf/Brazil on TC18 went from WS291 to WS279 and the 38kt US-Gulf/Caribbean of TC21 went below $1m dropping 15% down to $950,000.  


In the Mediterranean, 30kt Cross Mediterranean (TC6) had a hefty 53 point (22%) drop to WS190.

Up in north west Europe, the TC23 30kt Cross UK-Continent improved 11 points to WS228.  Taking the Baltic round trip TCE to just under $30,000 per day.


The market slacked off slightly this week. The rate for 270,000 mt Middle East Gulf to China lost three points to WS61.95 which corresponds to a daily round-trip TCE of $38,241 basis the Baltic Exchange’s vessel description.

In the Atlantic market, the 260,000 mt West Africa/China trip eased by 2.5 points to WS62.72 which shows a round voyage TCE of $39,629 per day The rate for 270,000 mt US Gulf/China is assessed $65,500 lower at $8,399,500 translating into a round-trip daily TCE of $39,716.


The Suezmax market in West Africa was boosted by a tightening position list and a busy US export market enticing West Africa players away. For the 130,000 mt Nigeria/UK Continent voyage rates steadily rose 22 points over the week to WS129 (a daily round-trip TCE of $52,733). In the Mediterranean and Black Sea region rates climbed about 13 points to a little over WS122.5 for the 135,000 mt CPC/Mediterranean trip (showing a daily TCE of about $47,810 round-trip). In the Middle East, the rate for 140,000 mt Middle East Gulf to the Mediterranean (via the Suez Canal) was assessed flat at just below WS100.


In the North Sea, the rate for the 80,000 mt Cross-UK Continent recovered nine points to WS140.07 (a daily round-trip TCE of $39,297 basis Hound Point to Wilhelmshaven).

In the Mediterranean market the rate for 80,000 mt Cross-Mediterranean shot up over 34 points to WS203.56 (basis Ceyhan to Lavera, that shows a daily round trip TCE of $64,575).

Across the Atlantic, the Stateside market has continued climbing once again. The rate for 70,000 mt east coast Mexico/US Gulf (TD26) has had 81 points added to last Friday’s rate, standing now at WS240.63 (a daily TCE of $69,025 round trip) and the rate for 70,000 mt Covenas/US Gulf (TD9) is now 75 points higher than a week ago at WS 228.75 (a round-trip TCE of $58,648 per day). The rate for the trans-Atlantic route of 70,000 mt US Gulf/UK Continent (TD25) is 35 points firmer week-on-week at WS224.44 (a round trip TCE basis Houston/Rotterdam of $56,454 per day). 


The slow start after Easter has hungover into the new week, LNG shipping on spot remains very flat. Few fixtures or cargoes reported while inventories remain full there is little need to move any product from facilities. Ship length is growing and interest in Period, be it six months or longer is quiet – with brokers reporting that if fixing six months you shall be free only in the lead up to the winter market and could therefore miss the uptick in spot so owners are wary.

Rates were extremely flat with the BLNG1 Aus-Japan for both the 160cbm and 174cbm indices moving little, the 174cbm lost $28 to finish at $47,268 while the 160cbm lost $104 to finish at $30,762. Across the Atlantic both routes moved more, but barely. BLNG2 Houston-Continent shed $603 and $481 on the 160cbm and 174cbm ships respectively giving a final publication of $33,609 on the 160cbm and $44,807 on the 174cbm. The BLNG3 US-Japan fared worse losing nearly $2,000 on each ship, these closed at $39,457 on the 160cbm and $51,427 on the 174cbm.

Period didn’t move at all and our assessments remained at $62,600 for 6-month, $77,133 for 1-year and $80,400 for a 3-year period. 


Another week of fixing fatigue, the market has barely moved with rates hovering within $1-2 on all three routes. Some MEG Acceptances were released at the end of the week which may amp up any fixing but as we close the week out there is very little to report. BLPG1 Ras Tanura-Chiba moved a total of $0.07 cents over the week a close of $64.143 and a daily TCE earning of $44,277, this meant that our closing rate repeated three times within the week, a first for over a year.

BLPG2 Houston-Flushing managed to open and close the same value with a small rise mid-week and then a softening overall, there is little to report but a close of $67.8 and a daily TCE earning of $67,113. BLPG3 Houston-Chiba had the greatest movement this week moving a total $0.78 nearly a whole dollar. A close of $125.357 and a daily TCE earning of $50,399 means fixing levels aren’t too bad compared to some of the rates earlier in the year, but there is little going on and a steady supply of ships so sentiment, a big driver in LPG, could turn more bearish should cargoes not start working May.

Headquartered in London and a subsidiary of the Singapore Exchange (SGX), the Baltic Exchange publishes a range of indices and assessments which provide an accurate and independent benchmark of the cost of transporting commodities and goods by sea. These include the Baltic Dry Index (BDI), the dry bulk shipping industry's best known indicator. Published daily since 1985, this provides a snapshot of the daily spot market earnings of capesize, panamax and supramax vessel types on the world's key trading routes.

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Chart shows Baltic Dry Index (BDI) during April 14, 2023 to April 12, 2024

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Baltic Forward Assessment for BDI

In March 2018 the BDI was re-weighted and is published using the following ratios of time charter assessments: 40 percent capesize, 30 percent panamax and 30 percent supramax. The information is provided by a panel of international shipbrokers.

(Source: The Baltic Exchange, edited by Niu Huizhe with Xinhua Silk Road,


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