Fearnleys Weekly Report - Week 48 - November 28, 2022

Fearnleys Weekly Report
Week 48 - November 28, 2022

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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.


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.


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.

Dirty (Spot WS 2021)
MEG/WEST (280 000) WS 62.5 -5.0
MEG/Japan (280 000) WS 95.0 -22.5
MEG/Singapore (280 000) WS 95.0 -22.5
WAF/FEAST (260 000) WS 97.5 -22.5
WAF/USAC (130 000) WS 192.5 -27.5
Sidi Kerir/W Med (135 000) WS 235.0 -35.0
N. Afr/Euromed (80 000) WS 385.0 -30.0
UK/Cont (80 000) WS 325.0 25.0
Caribs/USG (70 000) WS 560.0 -15.0
1 Year T/C (USD/Day)
VLCC (Modern) $39000.0 -$1,500
Suezmax (Modern) $40500.0 $1,000
Aframax (Modern) $43000.0 $4,000
VLCCs fixed in all areas last week 42 -4
VLCCs available in MEG next 30 days 144 6
1 Year T/C Crude


Dry Bulk


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.


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.


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.

Capesize (USD/Day, USD/Tonne)
TCE Cont/Far East (180 DWT) $28,375 -$656
Australia – China $8.1 -$1.0
Pacific RV $10,445 -$4,087
Panamax (USD/Day, USD/Tonne)
Transatlantic RV $15,755 $1,370
TCE Cont/Far East $23,309 $1,095
TCE Far East/Cont $8,865 $296
TCE Far East RV $11,496 $1,175
Supramax (USD/Day)
Atlantic RV $17,634 -$477
Pacific RV $9,094 $275
TCE Cont/Far East $20,771 -$967
1 Year T/C (USD/Day)
Newcastlemax (208 000 dwt) $16,250 -$750
Capesize (180 000 dwt) $12,500 -$500
Kamsarmax (82 000 dwt) $15,500 $0
Panamax (75 000 dwt) $14,500 $0
Ultramax (64 000 dwt) $13,000 $0
Supramax (58 000 dwt) $11,000 $0
Baltic Dry Index (BDI) $1,324
1 Year T/C Dry Bulk




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.

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)
VLGC (84 000 cbm) $3,700,000 -$100,000
LGC (60 000 cbm) $2,000,000 $0
MGC (38 000 cbm) $1,125,000 $0
HDY SR (20-22 000 cbm) $800,000 $0
HDY ETH (17-22 000 cbm) $860,000 $0
ETH (8-12 000 cbm) $500,000 $0
SR (6 500 cbm) $450,000 $0
COASTER Asia $270,000 $0
COASTER Europe $300,000 $0
LPG/FOB Prices - Propane (USD/Tonne)
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)
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)
East of Suez 155-165 000 cbm $180,000 -$120,000
West of Suez 155-165 000 cbm $220,000 -$155,000
1 Year T/C 155-160 000 cbm $185,000 -$5,000


Activity Levels
Tankers Slow Slow
Dry Bulkers Slow Slow
Others Moderate Moderate

VLCC $121.0 $0.0
Suezmax $81.0 $0.0
Aframax $63.5 $0.0
Product $43.5 $0.0
Newcastlemax $66.0 $0.0
Kamsarmax $37.5 $0.0
Ultramax $35.5 $0.0
LNGC (MEGI) (cbm) $240.0 $0.0

Sale & Purchase

Dry (5 yr)
Capesize $44.0 $0.0
Kamsarmax $31.0 $0.0
Ultramax $27.5 -$1.0
Dry (10 yr)
Capesize $30.0 $0.0
Kamsarmax $23.5 $0.0
Ultramax $22.0 -$1.0
Wet (5 yr)
VLCC $91.0 $0.0
Suezmax $62.0 $0.5
Aframax / LR2 $56.0 $0.0
MR $40.0 $0.0
Wet (10 yr)
VLCC $66.0 $0.0
Suezmax $45.0 $0.0
Aframax / LR2 $42.0 $0.0
MR $30.0 $0.5

Market Brief

Exchange Rates
USD/JPY 118.50 2.53
USD/KRW 1235.50 7.25
USD/NOK 9.24 -0.01
EUR/USD 1.10 0.00

Interest Rates
LIBOR USD (6 months) 5.20% -0.01%
NIBOR NOK (6 months) 2.58% 0.00%

Commodity Prices
Brent Spot $86.00 $0.50

Bunkers Prices
Singapore 380 CST $392.0 -$25.5
Singapore Gasoil $974.0 -$26.0
Rotterdam 380 CST $381.5 $2.5
Rotterdam Gasoil $913.5 $26.5


All rates published in this report do not necessarily reflect actual transactions occurring in the market. Certain estimates may be based on prevailing market conditions. In some circumstances, rates for certain vessel types are based on theoretical assumptions of premium or discount for particular vessel versus other vessel types.