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The Barrel Blog

February 06, 2017
The time is indeed good for a major shift towards customer focus as there is yet more pressure to mount upon the smaller container ships segment.
January 30, 2017
Smaller TEU vessels have struggled to find a logical home since the Panama Canal expansion as logistics companies are utilizing the neo-Panamax gauge for economies of scale.
January 23, 2017
The world is becoming an ever smaller place and the ability to conduct business with the most competitive companies globally is paramount for survival. What next for the smaller TEU fleet?
January 20, 2017
We consider commodity prices during President Barack Obama's tenure and will track how they change during President Donald Trump's time in office.
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News Headlines

Sydney (Platts)--27 Feb 2017 624 am EST/1124 GMT
The vessel queue at the Port Waratah Coal Services terminals at the Port of Newcastle, Australia, was the longest reported in the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator's weekly report Sunday for six weeks, but it remained short in comparison to last year's queues.
London (Platts's)--24 Feb 2017 521 pm EST/2221 GMT
Freight rates on the grains route from Santos, Brazil to the Far East have increased by $1.50/mt from the beginning of the week to $25.25/mt ahead of the imminent start of the main South American grains export season in March.
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Feature: Q4 2016: Dry Bulk Shipping Overview

December 23, 2016
The beginning of the fourth quarter for the Capesize market was relatively lackadaisical, but freight rates surged to a 23-24 month high for several key routes by early part of H2 November.
Capesize freight rates surge for key routes in November
Also in this feature
Panamax freight rates see better-than-expected Q4
Panamax freight rates see better-than-expected Q4
The Panamax vessels in the Asia Pacific saw their best returns for 2016 during the fourth quarter. Charterers had to pay up entice shipowners to ply on shorter routes within the Pacific.
Atlantic Panamax market has a roller coaster Q4 2016
Atlantic Panamax market has a roller coaster Q4 2016
The Atlantic Panamax market saw a roller coaster Q4 2016, buffeted by shifting Chinese and Indian demand for coal and iron ore from South Africa, Indonesia and Australia.



Podcasts

Libya: back on the road to supply security?
February 02, 2017
- Once a N. African OPEC powerhouse for light, sweet crude oil, Libya is now riven by civil war and disrupted oil supply. We look at how the country is trying to pull itself back into contention as a supplier of crude into the Med and beyond.
The impact of the IMO's 2020 sulfur cap: Interview with Ensys/Navigistics
December 22, 2016
- The presidents of EnSys Energy and Navigistics Consulting talk to Platts about their study regarding the potential impacts of the IMO's 2020 global sulfur cap.
Coal prices wait on China production and winter severity
November 25, 2016
- We discuss recent moves in European and Asian thermal coal markets, from the rapid increase in Australia Newcastle 6000 NAR coal prices, to the more recent price retreat and where the market might head next.
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Published November 2014

Platts assesses open market rates for the chartering of dirty tankers, clean tankers and barges.


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