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Transatlantic rates drop after market volatility

27 April 2022, Published under Cement News

By Maria Vasyutenko, associate of Brannvoll ApS The USG Supramax/Ultramax spot freight segment experienced a volatile month. At the beginning of the month, transatlantic routes were paying better than fronthaul routes, which was an unusual situation for the market. The reason for these upside-down tendencies was a combination of different factors: the Black Sea area being a risk for owners, uncertainty within the Atlantic basin and a strong Pacific segment. This made owners interested in ...

Freight market sharply up – Russian invasion and higher bunker prices

23 March 2022, Published under Cement News

By Brannvoll ApS, Denmark Following the Russian invasion into Ukraine on 24 February, the freight rates, especially around Europe, have seen a sharp increase in terms of war premium and uncertainty concerning sanctions against Russian transport operations. Moreover, several large shipping companies no longer accept Russian goods for transport. Supramax freight rates for petcoke from Houston, USA Freight deals for delivery of 50,000t of petcoke from Houston to Iskenderun with ...

USG spot freight market sees pressure on rates

25 February 2022, Published under Cement News

The USG Supramax/Ultramax spot freight market had a negative month. Tonnage supply was bigger than the cargo list and ballasting vessels from the European continent only put additional pressure on rates. With Chinese holidays around the corner, fronthaul cargoes were on hold. Spot vessels were competing in a charterer’s market and rates continued to soften. There was an influx of fresh cargoes for second-half February laycans, but spot rates remained under pressure. Supramax freigh...

USG Supramax/Ultramax sees sharp rate drop

28 January 2022, Published under Cement News

By Maria Vasyutenko, freight associate of Brannvoll ApS, Denmark The USG Supramax/Ultramax spot freight market experienced a sharp rate fall after a short-lived spike. Traditionally, the month started on a positive mode. USG tonnage supply was tight, while there was plenty of cargo due to move prior to the holidays. Supramax freight rates for petcoke from Houston, USA It allowed shipowners to push rates up before a substantial drop. As the month progressed, given the time of...

USG Supramax/Ultramax spot market sees slow recovery

23 December 2021, Published under Cement News

By Maria Vasyutenko, associate of Brannvoll ApS, Denmark The USG Supramax/Ultramax spot freight market is slowly recovering after a significant rate fall observed last month. Tonnage supply started shortening once owners and charterers began seeking to cover their positions before the holiday mood begins. Thus, USG rates were well-supported amid decent demand with more and more positional opportunities starting to appear. It should be noted that the grain flow to China is the main driver ...

USG Supramax/Ultramax spot freight market experiences volatile month

22 November 2021, Published under Cement News

By Maria Vasyutenko, associate of Brannvoll ApS, Denmark Tight tonnage supply and strong demand were pushing rates sharply up during the first two weeks of the month. Fresh enquiry was not exactly in abundance, but it was difficult for charterers to find vessels that can meet demanded laycans. But, closer to the end of the month the rates for shipments from the USG ports started falling fast as supply firmly overtook demand quite quickly, resulting in lower bids and undercuts as prompt ...

Soaring freight rates prompt cement sector reaction

29 October 2021, Published under Cement News

This week, we are taking a look at the rising costs of dry bulk freight and the resulting impact on the cement industry. Earlier this month, the Baltic Dry Index, a global indicator of bulk freight rates, reached 5670 , marking its highest level since September 2008. Dry bulk rates on the whole have been steadily rising with spot rates for large dry cargo ships, such as Capesize, topping US$80,000 a day in the opening week of October – up 50 per cent in just two weeks. Much of the ri...

USG players see optimistic time ahead

26 October 2021, Published under Cement News

By Maria Vasyutenko, associate of Brannvoll ApS The USG Supramax/Ultramax spot freight market started the month on a weak mode. The North Atlantic was experiencing side effects from the passing of hurricanes, which caused the temporary closure of several terminals in the Mississippi River as well as disruptions in other links of the logistics chain. Rates for shipments from the USG ports were falling as most charterers preferred to wait until the situation normalised in the Gulf foll...

Dry bulk freight rates continue to soar

13 October 2021, Published under Cement News

On 7 October 2021, the Baltic Dry Index, a global indicator of bulk freight rates, reached 5670, marking its highest level since September 2008. This compares to just 393 in mid-May 2020 at the height of the pandemic (see Figure 1). The surge in rates can be attributed to a number of causes, primarily the re-opening of economies following COVID-19, which has led to a spike in demand for sea transportation as manufacturing resumes. However, due to the staggered nature of the reopening, vessel...

Higher freight costs and port congestion send clinker price up in Côte d’Ivoire

13 October 2021, Published under Cement News

In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cement industry in Côte d’Ivoire has also faced unprecedented increases in the prices of sea freight, which has sent the price of clinker in the international market up by 80 per cent, according to Rachid Yousry, CEO of LafargeHolcim Côte d’Ivoire. Clinker has also become more expensive as a result of additional clinker storage costs due to congestion in the Autonomous Port of Abidjan. Unloading can take 25-30 days. To date the cement producer has...