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Marubeni, Klaveness to create Panamax-type bulker pool

Marubeni Corporation along with the Norwegian ship owner Klaveness, agreed to establish a new pool management company named “Maruklav Management Inc”. Specifically, both sides will run a global fleet of Panamax-size bulk carriers, scheduled to start operations on 1st of April 2020.

Dry bulk shipping freight rates fall from multi-year highs

The fundamental balance in dry bulk shipping has gotten worse during 2019, with supply growth outstripping demand, and BIMCO forecasts that this will continue into 2020. Namely, after peaking in September, the fundamentals of the market have started to drag on freight rates.

Do you know how to distinguish an Aframax from a Panamax vessel?

There are several variations related to ships sailing on high seas. Panamax vessels, Aframax vessels, and Suezmax vessels are some of the most prevalent types. But what do they mean and what kind of ships do they represent? Well, the answer is relatively easy, and it lies on the area that each ship caters.

Panama Canal Authority increases maximum draft for Neopanamax vessels

The Panama Canal Authority announced on July 25 the increase to the maximum authorised draft for Neopanamax vessels sailing through the Panama Canal, due to recent rainfall that impacted the area. The maximum authorized draft allowed for vessels transiting the Neopanamax locks will be 13.72 m (45.0 feet) TFW.

Chinese restriction on coal imports affects demand on Panamaxes

China decided to restrict its coal imports in 2019 in less than 2018’s levels. Drewry supports that this decision will dent demand for Panamaxes, but an ongoing tussle with Australia could be the silver lining. The Chinese government aims to curb the coal imports by 3-4% in 2019. This could result to a decline of approximately 10 million tonnes.

Expanded Panama Canal achieves 1.000 operation days

The expanded Panama Canal met on March 22, 1.000 days of operation, exceeding expectations and redefining global trade routes. From the first days of its operations in 2016, the waterway saw an increase in cargo tonnage, as a result of the transfer of new segments and new line services.

China’s import limitations on coal decreases demand on Panamaxes

The Chinese government’s aim of suppressing coal and lignite imports in November and December 2018 is adversely affecting demand for Panamaxes and as a result, rates. Yet, according to Drewry, imports will be supported by winter and high-energy demand in the first quarter of 2019.

Infographic: Top 5 promising investments by ship type

Vesselsvalue noted that value investors still have plenty of opportunities to acquire prime aged assets at a significant discount to their expected future market value. Tankers offer the most promising investment overall, as most large crude tankers still have significant upside remaining.

Panama Canal sings soybean and corn deal

Panama Canal will try to promote the use of the Panamax locks for soy and corn grain transits originating in northern Brazil and traveling to markets in Asia. These shipments typically transit on Panamax vessels given the similarity between the drafts in the Amazon River ports and the Panamax locks.

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