Fearnleys Weekly Report - Week 29 2020

Fearnleys Weekly Report
Week 29 - July 15, 2020

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This week kicked off with a handful of fresh inquiries, but it did little to alleviate the softer bias in this typically quieter period between monthly programs. A couple of MEG/east cargoes went on older units at W38, a reasonable 5-6 point discount from the modern class. The tonnage situation is still relatively balanced, with ongoing delays in China, and some optimism that the taps may be opened up a little more come August. On the flip side there is increased worry about demand due to the potential resurgence of Covid-19 cases, as has been evident in some US States. Thus, it remains to be seen if some of the high profile OPEC member's push to increase production will gather unanimous support. Activity has tailed off as the week progressed, with no help from the Atlantic, leaving the cargo board wanting at the time


The suezmax market in the west remains active, but with a lot of relets in fixing positions it is challenging for Owners to do much about the rates. Tonnage list is fairly balanced with limited overhang, and with a busy 1st decade we could see Owners trying to push for higher numbers. In the east we still see a large number of ships stuck with no berthing in northern China. Even with this many ships tied up, tonnage list is rather long, and in addition cargo activity has not been too good. Meg/east on modern tonnage is still below w50, and does not seem to move this week either. Only positive for Owners out east, is that we see quite a lot of ships ballasting towards West-Africa which could help remaining tonnage going into next week.



As expected we saw a small increase in rates for Aframaxes trading in the North Sea and Baltic this week. Going forward the list is looking tighter for North Sea cargoes loading in the 22-25 July window. We could see rates firming further depending on how many stems that will come to the market after oil companies have programmed their own tonnage. But there is a bit of optimism for the next week to come with North Sea being the main driver.


In the Mediterranean and Black Sea rates jumped about 10 points last week moving into the high ws60’s. For the time being the market seems fairly balanced in terms of supply and demand and we expect the market to move sideways in the 25-31 July fixing window.

Dirty (Spot WS)
MEG/WEST (280 000) WS 25.0 0.0
MEG/Japan (280 000) WS 44.0 -6.0
MEG/Singapore (280 000) WS 45.0 -5.0
WAF/FEAST (260 000) WS 46.5 -1.0
WAF/USAC (130 000) WS 45.0 -2.5
Sidi Kerir/W Med (135 000) WS 47.5 0.0
N. Afr/Euromed (80 000) WS 67.5 12.5
UK/Cont (80 000) WS 77.5 7.5
Caribs/USG (70 000) WS 70.0 0.0
1 Year T/C (USD/Day)
VLCC (Modern) $39000.0 -$1,000
Suezmax (Modern) $24500.0 $0
Aframax (Modern) $19000.0 $0
VLCCs fixed in all areas last week 37 -21
VLCCs available in MEG next 30 days 116 1
1 Year T/C Crude


Dry Bulk


Still drifting slowly south on a combination of corrective sentiment and partly slow fundamentals. Iron ore prices are at year-high and miners are selling at capacity, however spot volumes concluded from both Brazil and West Australia are dominated by only 2 major exporters. Coal trades again showing signs of life, but millions of tons still remain onboard capes waiting for upto 2 months to discharge at Chinese ports for a mix of political and commercial reasons. Average daily earnings down some 17 pct w-o-w to come in at a still healthy usd 24500, with interpacific rounds having taken the biggest hit from almost usd 28k down to usd 20k as confidence to ballast into the abyss has declined. Period interest remains considerable, but little or nothing concluded as paper-derived evaluations far from matching physical expectations.


We have experienced a rally in rates over the last couple of weeks, but after holidays in Spore and a slow start to the week we now see a somewhat standoff between chrts and ows .
Mid week we see rates are holding up in both hemispheres with P1A hovering ard the 17-18k mark and P3 at ard 12k.
The tonnage list is still tight, especially in the North and 19k was achieved for a shorter Baltic round. The grain market is still absorbing tonnage and Fhauls are being fixed in region of 16k + 600k GBB for ECSA/Feast.


Still firm in several areas and gains to the index in the beginning of the week. In the Atlantic, strong numbers seen from both Black Sea and Continent, where ultras are fetching close to mid 20’k and low 20’k respectively for fh. ECSA is paying mid/high USD 14000 + 470k gbb for to Feast and around USD 17000 for TA, while numbers from the USG are giving high teens for TA and low/mid 20’s to Feast. Further east, India/China is fixing around USD 12500, while Nopac and Aussie rounds are paying around USD 10000.

Capesize (USD/Day, USD/Tonne)
TCE Cont/Far East (180 DWT) $44,375 -$4,300
Australia – China $7.9 -$1.1
Pacific RV $20,458 -$5,380
Panamax (USD/Day, USD/Tonne)
Transatlantic RV $17,045 $335
TCE Cont/Far East $25,209 $1,277
TCE Far East/Cont $3,978 $204
TCE Far East RV $12,015 $155
Supramax (USD/Day)
Atlantic RV $13,040 $1,437
Pacific RV $8,364 $764
TCE Cont/Far East $21,596 $2,239
1 Year T/C (USD/Day)
Newcastlemax (208 000 dwt) $18,500 -$500
Capesize (180 000 dwt) $15,500 -$500
Kamsarmax (82 000 dwt) $12,700 $200
Panamax (75 000 dwt) $11,000 $500
Ultramax (64 000 dwt) $11,000 $0
Supramax (58 000 dwt) $9,400 $150
Baltic Dry Index (BDI) $1,696
1 Year T/C Dry Bulk




In the West this week, the market has continued to tighten as freight supply looks relatively short compared to the number of spot fixtures which are anticipated for the month. Players have been fixing for laycans towards the end of August and this also indicates a preference to secure freight now before it becomes more expensive. Given that the East has seen rates edge higher too, it is not immediately obvious how ships will position themselves moving forward, but it seems unlikely that the West will suddenly be flooded by ships. As such, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect rates to continue to strengthen at least for fixtures with August laycans

News of Adnoc cargo advancements coupled with vessels being delayed in India and others sailing West quickly led to a tight market in the front of August. Simultaneously, we are awaiting Saudi acceptances which are expected out from tomorrow, and there is talk of less cuts in next month’s production throughput. Altogether, this has created a bullish sentiment on freight East of Suez and hence climbing baltic benchmark.

LPG Rates
Spot Market (USD/Month)
VLGC (84 000 cbm) $700,000 $150,000
LGC (60 000 cbm) $600,000 $50,000
MGC (38 000 cbm) $600,000 $0
HDY SR (20-22 000 cbm) $630,000 $0
HDY ETH (17-22 000 cbm) $730,000 $0
ETH (8-12 000 cbm) $390,000 $0
SR (6 500 cbm) $300,000 $0
COASTER Asia $250,000 $0
COASTER Europe $140,000 -$20,000
LPG/FOB Prices - Propane (USD/Tonne)
FOB North Sea/ANSI $252 $0
Saudi Arabia/CP $360 $0
MT Belvieu (US Gulf) $252 -$3
Sonatrach/Bethioua $260 $0
LPG/FOB Prices - Butane (USD/Tonne)
FOB North Sea/ANSI $308 $0
Saudi Arabia/CP $340 $0
MT Belvieu (US Gulf) $198 -$2
Sonatrach/Bethioua $340 $0

LNG Rates
Spot Market (USD/Day)
East of Suez 155-165 000 cbm $32,000 $1,000
West of Suez 155-165 000 cbm $35,000 $1,000
1 Year T/C 155-160 000 cbm $44,000 $0


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

VLCC $89.0 $0.0
Suezmax $59.0 $0.0
Aframax $48.5 $0.0
Product $35.0 $0.0
Newcastlemax $49.0 $0.0
Kamsarmax $27.0 $0.0
Ultramax $25.0 $0.0
LNGC (MEGI) (cbm) $183.0 $0.0

Sale & Purchase

Dry (5 yr)
Capesize $36.0 $0.0
Kamsarmax $21.0 $0.0
Ultramax $20.0 $0.0
Dry (10 yr)
Capesize $21.0 $0.0
Kamsarmax $14.5 $0.0
Ultramax $11.0 $0.0
Wet (5 yr)
VLCC $72.0 $0.0
Suezmax $50.0 $0.0
Aframax / LR2 $40.0 $0.0
MR $27.5 $0.0
Wet (10 yr)
VLCC $50.0 $0.0
Suezmax $35.0 $0.0
Aframax / LR2 $28.0 $0.0
MR $18.0 $0.0

Market Brief

Exchange Rates
USD/JPY 107.26 -0.27
USD/KRW 1205.50 9.95
USD/NOK 9.40 0.00
EUR/USD 1.14 0.01

Interest Rates
LIBOR USD (6 months) 0.34% -0.01%
NIBOR NOK (6 months) 0.45% -0.01%

Commodity Prices
Brent Spot $43.00 $0.50

Bunkers Prices
Singapore 380 CST $271.5 $7.0
Singapore Gasoil $388.0 -$1.0
Rotterdam 380 CST $251.5 $1.5
Rotterdam Gasoil $358.5 -$14.0


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.