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Container update 26th March, 2010


The strong cargo volumes reported in the first two months of the year have unsurprisingly prompted a number of liner companies to add capacity to certain trade lanes. This has prompted a number of market commentators to warn that the freight market cannot absorb this increased capacity and predict freight rates to suffer in the future should this continue. Liner Operators must walk a fine line between maintaining freight rates on the one hand and optimising their fleet utilisation on the other, especially when the macro-economic picture in Europe and the USA remains uncertain.

Recently the charter market has benefited from Liner operators adding more capacity, but the activity and expectations of increased charter rates in the next few months will depend on Liner Operator's decisions whether to continue with this course of action.

Panamax and post-panamax ships remain in relatively short supply. 5 x 6500 teu ships were rumoured to have fixed at around usd 16000 for 2 years for delivery 2nd quarter. Apart from some relet tonnage there is little additional tonnage available for charter and so, as and when ships come available, the charter rates should continue to increase. The rates for 12months in the 4300 teu sizes are notionally around usd 12000 and rates for 24 months at around the usd 15000 mark.

These increases in rates are not replicated in the 2500 - 3500 teu market. 3500 teu ships are still fixing around usd 6500 for 6-12 months. This differential between 3500 teu and 4300 teu is unusually large and one would expect the rates for 3500 teu ships to increase. Despite fairly good demand in recent weeks the 2500 - 2800 teu ships hover around the usd 5000 level. Likewise the 1700 teu market has been fairly active however rates have only moved up slightly to the usd 4600 level. Premiums are still being paid for those ships able to load break bulk cargoes.

The 1000 teu market and smaller has also been active. 900 teu ships are fixing above usd 4000 in some cases and even good specification 700 teu feeders are wanting close to these levels now.


 
 
 

FIXTURES

Gearless

Lania´10 CSAV
54400 dwat 4380 teu (2850 @ 14ts)
24,3kn on 142ts
12 mos
10000
   
Rio Chicago´10 NYK
51450 dwat 4255 teu (2900 @ 14ts)
24,1kn on 141ts
12 mos
10000
   
Jpo Volans´10 Hapag
52000 dwat 4252 teu (2800 @ 14ts)
24,5kn on 133ts
12 mos
8500
   
Buxstar´97 MSC
49308 dwat 3961 teu (2807 @ 14ts)
23,5kn on 130ts
12 mos
6500
   
White Sea´96 Wan Hai
44750 dwat 3660 teu (2560 @ 14ts)
24kn on 120ts
12 mos
5950
   
Northern Diplomat´09 CSAV
42183 dwat 3534 teu (2353 @ 14ts)
23,5kn on 122ts
8 mos
5500
   
Valerie Schulte´05 Hapag
39000 dwat 2824 teu (2029 @ 14ts)
23kn on 96ts
12 mos
5000
   
Frisia Leipzig´04 Wan Hai
37977 dwat 2700 teu (2100 @ 14ts)
21,7kn on 83ts
12 mos
4600
   
Pommern´96 PIL
38650 dwat 2636 teu (2090 @ 14ts)
21,5kn on 95ts
12 mos
5100
   
Maria-Katharina S´10 CSAV
34035 dwat 2546 teu (1905 @ 14ts)
22kn on 87ts
6 mos
5500
   
Magnavia´96 OOCL
30743 dwat 2078 teu (1650 @ 14ts)
21,5kn on 73ts
6 mos
4500
   
Frisia Nurnberg´10 TS Lines
25000 dwat 2000 teu (1388 @ 14ts)
21kn on 65,4ts
6 mos
4550
   
Contship Lavagna´95 YML
23130 dwat 1687 teu (1060 @ 14ts)
18kn on 47,5ts
12 mos
4600
   
Brazilian Express´01 MCC Transport
21579 dwat 1679 teu (1230 @ 14ts)
21kn on 61ts
12 mos
4900
   
OOCL Ability´97 Wan Hai
24346 dwat 1560 teu (1210 @ 14ts)
19,5kn on 49ts
6 mos
4500
   
Box Wave´95 FSL
24134 dwat 1510 teu (1168 @ 14ts)
20kn on 43,8ts
6 mos
3900
   
Cape Nati´98 Sinokor
22800 dwat 1504 teu (1180 @ 14ts)
21kn on 61ts
8 mos
4375
   
Warnow Porpoise´08 ZIM
18700 dwat 1296 teu (957 @ 14ts)
19,6kn on 45ts
3 mos
4250
   
Michigan Trader´08 ZIM
18700 dwat 1296 teu (957 @ 14ts)
19,6kn on 45ts
3 mos
4350
   
Rio Lawrence´05 APL
12100 dwat 1150 teu (714 @ 14ts)
19kn on 43,5ts
3 mos
4100
   
MOL Harmony´00 GSL
18078 dwat 1133 teu (870 @ 14ts)
18,5kn on 36ts
4 mos
3800
   
Fa Mei Shan´07 MSC
13760 dwat 1128 teu (710 @ 14ts)
19,5kn on 41ts
6 mos
4200
   
Mare Balticum´93 Dongyong
12715 dwat 1054 teu (645 @ 14ts)
17,5kn on 30ts
3 mos
3900
   
Stadt Lauenburg´07 Sinoline
12800 dwat 1049 teu (671 @ 14ts)
18kn on 33ts
12 mos
5700
   
Jan Fabian´07 CMA CGM
11390 dwat 868 teu (612 @ 14ts)
18kn on 33,3ts
9 mos
3950
   
Silver Ocean´00 Heung-A
10935 dwat 834 teu (590 @ 14ts)
18kn on 33ts
4 mos
3950
   


Geared

Agros´10 CSAV
54400 dwat 4380 teu (2850 @ 14ts)
24,3kn on 142ts
12 mos
10000
   
Santa Catalina´01 CSAV
45500 dwat 3430 teu (2325 @ 14ts)
23,5kn on 113ts
12 mos
5600
   
Louis S´03 CSAV
41833 dwat 3091 teu (2430 @ 14ts)
22kn on 97,5ts
12 mos
6700
   
Sarah Schulte´05 Hapag
38200 dwat 2826 teu (2020 @ 14ts)
24kn on 95ts
12 mos
5000
   
Cala Pigafetta´08 MSC
37125 dwat 2785 teu (2170 @ 14ts)
22,5kn on 97,2ts
6 mos
5200
   
Hammonia Massilia´08 CSAV
34035 dwat 2546 teu (1905 @ 14ts)
22kn on 87ts
6 mos
5500
   
Libra Santa Catarina´05 CSAV
33780 dwat 2478 teu (1916 @ 14ts)
22kn on 81ts
6 mos
4900
   
Pembroke´97 Hapag
34600 dwat 2458 teu (1894 @ 14ts)
21kn on 63,2ts
6 mos
4500
   
Santa Fioranza´98 GSL
30007 dwat 2169 teu (1668 @ 14ts)
19,7kn on 47,5ts
12 mos
4500
   
Nordfalcon´97 PIL
28370 dwat 2105 teu (1466 @ 14ts)
20kn on 55ts
9 mos
4500
   
Lobivia´01 CSAV
30375 dwat 2082 teu (1650 @ 14ts)
21,5kn on 74ts
11 mos
4800
   
Westerhamm´98 Hapag
30259 dwat 2064 teu (1650 @ 14ts)
21,5kn on 73ts
12 mos
4600
   
Louisa Schulte´08 Wan Hai
23400 dwat 1732 teu (1275 @ 14ts)
21kn on 64ts
6 mos
4300
   
Leopold Schulte´07 CMA CGM
23579 dwat 1732 teu (1275 @ 14ts)
21kn on 64ts
6 mos
4600
   
Laura Schulte´04 LIN
23286 dwat 1718 teu (1330 @ 14ts)
20,5kn on 60ts
10 mos
4500
   
Samaria´00 ZIM
25360 dwat 1716 teu (1305 @ 14ts)
22kn on 64ts
12 mos
4500
   
King Brian´07 PIL
24090 dwat 1706 teu (1250 @ 14ts)
19,5kn on 50ts
6 mos
4550
   
Victoria´04 CMA CGM
22506 dwat 1678 teu (1300 @ 14ts)
21kn on 68ts
6 mos
4650
   
Frida Schulte´00 APL
21152 dwat 1645 teu (1200 @ 14ts)
21kn on 61ts
6 mos
4400
   
Hansa Riga´94 LIN
21480 dwat 1609 teu (1180 @ 14ts)
19kn on 49ts
6 mos
4600
   
H Kirkenes´02 ZIM
17600 dwat 1500 teu (1029 @ 14ts)
20,5kn on 58ts
12 mos
4500
   
Concord´94 UAFL
20088 dwat 1388 teu (1014 @ 14ts)
19kn on 46ts
10 mos
4150
   
O.M. Bonitatis´09 IAAC
16920 dwat 1368 teu (870 @ 14ts)
19kn on 45ts
12 mos
5250
   
Algol´05 CMA CGM
17350 dwat 1347 teu (925 @ 14ts)
20kn on 52ts
6 mos
4600
   
Corona J´02 Seaboard
16794 dwat 1209 teu (918 @ 14ts)
19kn on 51ts
3 mos
4500
   
HC Maria´96 Melfi
18400 dwat 1128 teu (848 @ 14ts)
18,5kn on 37,5ts
6 mos
4400
   
Castor´97 Simatech
18445 dwat 1128 teu (820 @ 14ts)
18,5kn on 37,5ts
6 mos
4250
   
Rothorn´96 Bernuth
14587 dwat 1122 teu (748 @ 14ts)
19,5kn on 44ts
10 mos
4300
   
Victoria Strait´02 Tropical
13760 dwat 1118 teu (700 @ 14ts)
19,5kn on 36ts
12 mos
4600
   
Surinam River´05 Tarros Line
13760 dwat 1118 teu (700 @ 14ts)
19,5kn on 36ts
6 mos
4500
   
Sadt Hameln´07 CMA CGM
13760 dwat 1118 teu (700 @ 14ts)
19,5kn on 37ts
3 mos
4000
   
Jasper S´07 MSC
13760 dwat 1118 teu (700 @ 14ts)
19,6kn on 38,5ts
6 mos
4300
   
Devon Strait´08 Tarros Line
13760 dwat 1118 teu (700 @ 14ts)
19,5kn on 41ts
12 mos
4500
   
Asian Carrier´02 Tropical
13698 dwat 1118 teu (700 @ 14ts)
19kn on 41ts
3 mos
4600
   
Alianca Inca´06 Seaboard
13760 dwat 1118 teu (700 @ 14ts)
19,5kn on 36ts
6 mos
3925
   
Libra J´99 CMA CGM
14174 dwat 1116 teu (760 @ 14ts)
19kn on 39ts
6 mos
4150
   
Stadt Hamburg´98 CMA CGM
12850 dwat 1102 teu (650 @ 14ts)
20kn on 43ts
6 mos
4200
   
Stadt Bremen´03 APL
13760 dwat 1102 teu (650 @ 14ts)
20kn on 43ts
3 mos
4200
   
Hansa Wismar´93 ZIM
12575 dwat 1016 teu (636 @ 14ts)
17,5kn on 31ts
12 mos
4000
   
Hoheriff´07 Seaboard
11800 dwat 966 teu (604 @ 14ts)
18,5kn on 37ts
6 mos
4850
   
Helene´05 CSAV
12500 dwat 957 teu (604 @ 14ts)
18kn on 37ts
6 mos
4400
   
Angullia´95 FSL
15326 dwat 954 teu (744 @ 14ts)
17kn on 31,5ts
5 mos
3750
   
Herm Kiepe´97 Delphis
13300 dwat 936 teu (700 @ 14ts)
19kn on 36ts
6 mos
3000
   
Osnabrueck´96 Carpenters
12950 dwat 910 teu (700 @ 14ts)
19kn on 44,5ts
6 mos
4300
   
Oberon´96 Seaboard
9322 dwat 907 teu (530 @ 14ts)
17,5kn on 31ts
6 mos
4100
   
Holandia´00 CMA CGM
9100 dwat 907 teu (535 @ 14ts)
19kn on 36ts
6 mos
4000
   
Hohebank´07 CMA CGM
11800 dwat 966 teu (604 @ 14ts)
18,5kn on 37ts
4 mos
4200
   

This report reflects information given in good faith to the best of our knowledge, but without guarantee.