La nueva arquitectura marítima





El transporte marítimo representa en la actualidad el 95% de todo lo transportado en el mundo, correspondiendo dos tercios al tráfico de petróleo y minerales y siendo porta-contenedores una quinta parte del total. Los grandes cargueros se habrían convertido en elementos imprescindibles para mantener la febril capacidad exportadora de China, de los tigres asiáticos o de la Unión Europea ya que aúnan la capacidad de transportar unos 800 millones de toneladas con unos fletes mucho más competitivos que el transporte aéreo y mucho menos contaminante que el transporte por carretera. Así, según datos de Lloyd´s Register Fairplay , la flota mundial de buques mercantes de transporte estaba formada por 55.138 unidades a principios de 2012, (lo que

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Chinese coal imports down 45.3%





IHS 13-04-2015

China's coal imports plunged 45.3% year on year (y/y) to 32 million tonnes in the first quarter in 2015 due to weak demand amid the slowing economy.

The national coal stock continues to hover aloft around the high levels, with the stock volume amounted to over 3.9 billion tonnes for the past 39 months, according to the China National Coal Association.

The first quarter slump came on the heels of an annual fall in 2014.

In 2014, coal imports dropped 10.9% y/y to about 290 million tonnes due to competition from cheaper domestic coal and government restrictions on coal imports.

The domestic coal output also fell 3.5% y/y to 850 million tonnes, with the sale volume down

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Asia VLCCs Face Pressure of Low Rates







By MarEx 2015-03-20 10:56:57

Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes will face further pressure next week even as owners resist attempts to push rates lower, brokers said.

Ship owners were showing a united front to keep rates above 50 on the Worldscale measure from the Middle East to Asia, a Singapore-based VLCC broker said on Friday.

"Nobody is doing anything below W50. Owners are keeping numbers up," the broker said.

Oil majors including Chevron, Shell and BP had all chartered VLCCs at freight rates above W50 this week, Reuters freight data showed.

But the broker questioned how long ship owners could stop rates falling as the amount of available tonnage is increasing. "Owners seem to be

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VLGC rates slide further on slow trade





06 April 2015

A slowdown in LPG trade has caused very large gas carrier (VLGC) rates to slide again.

On 2 April, the Baltic Exchange assessed the benchmark Ras Tanura-Chiba rate at USD79.25/tonne, working out to daily earnings of USD74,280 at current bunker prices in Fujairah.

Indian Oil Corporation last week fixed G. Symphony and Aquamarine Progress for USD2.5 million and USD3.3 million. South Korean LPG importer E1 booked Aurora Leo, but the rate was not revealed.

Brokers and LPG traders told IHS Maritime that the Easter weekend and the Tomb-sweeping holiday in China on 6 April have resulted in limited trading.

A Japanese trader said, "Now that winter is over, demand isn't that high. We think there is

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BIMCO: Dry Bulk to Recover Slightly in Q2, But Rates Will Remain Under $10,000





Monday March 16, 2015

Capesize vessels are being scrapped younger

BIMCO Friday said since early December 2014 conditions in the dry bulk shipping market have been “extremely bad”, but the second quarter of 2015 may be looking up slightly.

On 18 February, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) hit an all-time low of 509, with Capesize, Panamax, and Handysize bulkers all making less than $5,000 per day on the spot market and Supramax freight rates were only marginally higher at $5,002 per day.

BIMCO predicted that Capesize time charter rates for the second quarter of 2015 would fall within the range of $3,000 to $9,000 per day, while during the same period Panamax

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