Fearnleys Weekly Report

Fearnleys
Weekly Report

Week 49 - December 05, 2022





01

Tankers


VLCC

It’s been a sluggish week for VLCC owners as November draws to an end, with MEG/East rates now dipped well below the psychologically important WS 100 barrier courtesy of a MEG/Korea fixture concluded at WS 91.5. Charterers have shown great restraint, just drip feeding the odd cargo into the market and chipping away on owner’s confidence. The Atlantic basin - having previously underpinned other areas - has seen more failures than fixtures over the past few days adding insult to injury. That said, returns are still healthy with T/C equivalents ranging from USD 60-70k/day pending on propulsion and the voyage in question. Alas, that also means owners have more to lose than gain by digging their heals in. Time to “get out of Dodge” for those who can and do not have multiple ships coming up behind.


Suezmax

The global Suezmax market has a softer feel to it this week with bearish Aframax and VLCC segments not really providing any support. In the MEG, it's been a very quiet week with the occasional fuel oil enquiry, but otherwise dead. TD23 will do well to keep its head above WS 100 whilst MEG/East will trade somewhere in the WS 190's on modern tonnage, but needs a test. Focusing on the Atlantic, West Africa is almost done for the second decade, save the odd straggler cargo and with a number of vessels missing the fixing window rates will trade down to somewhere in the WS 190's, but this region needs a proper, open market test. The USG has been very quiet and has failed to wake up from its Thanksgiving slumber, but given the lack of activity and tonnage beginning to build, USG/TA will trade touch below WS 200.


Aframax

North Sea Aframax rates hit all-time high levels last week as owners did their best to push for higher rates on the back of surrounding alternatives paying significantly better. Supply of vessels in the area is very thin in the current fixing window. Moving forward we expect rates to remain firm. However, the possibility of Suezmaxes being booked for local runs could cool off the Aframax market slightly. On the other side, Med-BSea market took a step back, seeing a downward correction, but still owners are enjoying hefty returns. Charterers managed to cool off the market a bit by using own tonnage for their cargoes and at the same time cargo programs aren’t that busy for 1st decade December. We will possibly see rates coming off a bit more next week, but overall market fundamentals don’t indicate a freefall of the rates.


Rates

Dirty

(Spot WS 2021, Daily Change)


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MEG/WEST

280'

62.5

-5.0

MEG/Japan

280'

95.0

-22.5

MEG/Singapore

280'

95.0

-22.5

WAF/FEAST

260'

97.5

-22.5

WAF/USAC

130'

192.5

-27.5

Sidi Kerir/W Med

135'

235.0

-35.0

N. Arf/Euromed

80'

385.0

-30.0

UK/Cont

80'

325.0

25.0

Caribs/USG

70'

560.0

-15.0


1 Year T/C

(USD/Day, Weekly Change)


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VLCC

Modern

$39,000

-$1,500

Suezmax

Modern

$40,500

$1,000

Aframax

Modern

$43,000

$4,000


VLCCs


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Fixed in all areas last week

42

-4

Available in MEG next 30 days

144

6


1 Year T/C Crude

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02

Dry Bulk


Capesize

Market extremely volatile and nervous with rates going up and down as a rollercoaster. The underlying sentiment is very poor, but the fact is that there is a shortage of spot ships, and the prompt dates are being paid well and the average of all routes are up by 35% week on week. However, there is not a lot of excitement as the tonnage shortage is mainly driven by ships stuck due to bad weather and that the same ships will come back to the market as soon as weather improves, and probably by a decent number.


Panamax

In the Pacific, there has been some fresh orders in past few days giving a positional gain to the market, but we are still seeing a build of tonnage going to be open next week. The South Pacific however is struggling to find support with aggressive levels concluded particularly for short round voyages. In the Atlantic, the market has been firm, and levels are reaching to mid-teens for transatlantic and low 20s for fronthaul - this is due flow of both grain and mineral combined with lack of prompt tonnage. The ECSA has been stable so far, but due to weaker Pacific particularly in South for past two weeks, we are seeing more tonnage coming open in Singapore/India range next two weeks, therefore we don’t see changes to that area. The Ukraine grain flow has been down considerably after renewed safe passage agreement due to increasing congestion and inspection delay, but we are still optimistic for December shipment.


Supramax

Not too much to brag, no real support on fresh inquiries. USG picking slightly up with improved levels, where fhaul on Ultramax was discussed at USD 30,000. From the Continent, Supramax was fixed at USD 18,500 with scrap to India. From the East, Indo China round was done at USD 10,500. On the period front, Ultramax open in North China was fixed at USD 11,500 for short period.


Rates

Capesize

(USD/Day, USD/Tonne, Daily Change)


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TCE Cont/Far East

180'

$28,375

$125

Australia/China

$8.1

-$0.2

Pacific RV

$10,445

-$964


Panamax

(USD/Day, USD/Tonne, Daily Change)


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Transatlantic RV

$15,755

$145

TCE Cont/Far East

$23,309

$77

TCE Far East/Cont

$8,865

$46

TCE Far East RV

$11,496

$148


Supramax

(USD/Day)


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Atlantic RV

$17,634

-$714

Pacific RV

$9,094

$494

TCE Cont/Far East

$20,771

-$1,462


1 Year T/C

(USD/Day, Weekly Change)


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Newcastlemax

208'

$16,250

-$750

Kamsarmax

82'

$15,500

$0

Ultramax

64'

$13,000

$0

Capesize

180'

$12,500

-$500

Panamax

75'

$14,500

$0

Supramax

58'

$11,000

$0


Baltic Dry Index (BDI)

1324



1 Year T/C Dry Bulk

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03

Gas


Chartering

EAST
We have seen 5 spot fixtures so far this week in MEG in addition to two Indian sub-fixtures still working. Last done deals done around mid-high USD 130s RT/C and most owners’ ideas now climbing towards USD 140 RT/C. We currently count 26 spot deals done for December in the Middle East compared to an average of about 30 deals per month for the last 4 months. With uncovered cargoes still in play, both in mid and end Dec, we expect freight rates to remain firm.

WEST
At the time of writing we count 11 spot fixtures out of the USG for January with over half of them done this week. Freight continues looking very tight for early Jan and further into mid-month dates. We see the current US-position list being dominated by Panamaxes and vessels coming via Suez/Cape in 1H Jan as the Neo-canal still causing delays which is forcing some players to pay up big money in the auction to reach their laycans. Currently the projected waiting are 20 days northbound and 23 days southbound in the Neo Panama Canal for non-booked vessels. The last fixture concluded ex USG done at mid USD 200s H/C and we expect this to maintain.


LPG Rates

Spot Market

(USD/Month, Weekly Change)


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VLGC

84'

$3,700,000

-$100,000

LGC

60'

$2,000,000

$0

MGC

38'

$1,125,000

$0

HDY SR

20-22'

$800,000

$0

HDY ETH

17-22'

$860,000

$0

ETH

8-12'

$500,000

$0

SR

6.5'

$450,000

$0

COASTER Asia

$270,000

$0

COASTER Europe

$300,000

$0


LPG/FOB Prices - Propane

(USD/Tonne, Weekly Change)


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FOB North Sea/Ansi

$557

$0

Saudi Arabia/CP

$610

$0

MT Belvieu (US Gulf)

$411

-$22

Sonatrach/Bethioua

$572

$0


LPG/FOB Prices - Butane

(USD/Tonne, Weekly Change)


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FOB North Sea/Ansi

$588

$0

Saudi Arabia/CP

$610

$0

MT Belvieu (US Gulf)

$430

-$17

Sonatrach/Bethioua

$590

$0


LNG Rates

Spot Market

(USD/Day, Weekly Change)


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East of Suez 155-165k CBM

$180,000

-$85,000

West of Suez 155-165k CBM

$220,000

-$55,000

1 Year T/C 155-165k TFDE

$185,000

$0





04

Newbuilding


Activity Levels

Tankers

Slow

Dry Bulkers

Slow

Others

Moderate


Prices

(Million USD, Weekly Change)

VLCC

300'

$121

$0

Suezmax

150'

$81

$0

Aframax

110'

$64

$0

Product

50'

$44

$0

Newcastlemax

210'

$66

$0

Kamsarmax

82'

$38

$0

Ultramax

64'

$36

$0

LNGC (MEGI) (cbm)

170'

$240

$0





05

Sale & Purchase


Prices

Dry 5 yr old 10 yr old
Capesize $44.0 $30.0
Kamsarmax $31.0 $23.5
Ultramax $27.5 $22.0
Wet 5 yr old 10 yr old
VLCC $91.0 $66.0
Suezmax $62.0 $45.0
Aframax/LR2 $56.0 $42.0




06

Market Brief


Exchange Rates

(Daily Change)

USD/JPY

135.50

2.53

USD/NOK

9.74

-0.01

USD/KRW

1297.20

7.25

EUR/USD

0.95

0.00


Interest Rates

(Daily Change)

LIBOR USD (6 month)

5.20%

-0.01%

NIBOR NOK (6 month)

2.58%

0.00%


Commodity Prices

(Daily Change)

Brent Spot

$86.00

$0.50


Bunker Prices

(Daily Change)

Singapore

380 CST

$392

-$26

MGO

$974

-$26

Spread MGO/380 CST

$582

-$1


Rotterdam

380 CST

$382

$3

MGO

$914

$27

Spread MGO/380 CST

$532

$24


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