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ECSA Supramax/Ultramax and Handysize markets remain encouraging for owners

14.12.17
15:04

Supramax/Ultramax rates have inched up in the South Atlantic due to limited tonnage supply which allows the owners to stand their ground. At present, there are about 10 Ultramax vessels open off the ECSA coast or moving in ballast from West Africa and ready to start loading in the South American ports until the end of December. The Supramax time-charter bss dely ECSA redel Singapore-Japan with December laycans is quoted by brokers at $14k daily + $400k bb on average. Prompt deal for an Ultramax vessel bss dely ECSA redel Bangladesh has been signed at $15k daily + $500k, though last week, a similar contract was fixed at $14k daily + $400k bb. The rates for Supramax fleet bss dely ECSA redel WCSA amount to $21-22k daily. Positive trends are seen in the transatlantic segment as well. The Supramax time-charter bss dely ECSA redel Skaw-Passero is estimated at $18-20k daily. Ultramax owners insist on $20-21k daily bss dely ECSA redel Continent. Deals for Supramax fleet bss dely WAfr via ECSA redel Skaw-Passero are negotiated at $11-12k daily. The rates for standard Handysize carriers bss dely ECSA redel Skaw-Passero amount to $15.5-16.5k daily. A Handysize vessel can be chartered at $15-16k daily for cargo transportation within the South American ports. Contracts for 35-37,000 dwt vessels bss dely ECSA redel WCSA are negotiated at $19-21k daily. The rates for 37-39,000 dwt carriers bss dely ECSA redel Spore-Japan are negotiated at $18-20k daily. Deals for transportation of Handysize-lots of grain from Argentina to Algeria with H1 January laycans are negotiated at $40-41.5/t.

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