Braemar Seascope 集装箱船舶指数Braemar Seascope Containers Index (10/01/2011)
The first week of 2011 has predictably been a little quiet in terms of new business concluded as the shipping market returns to its desk after the holidays. The predominance of activity this week was a swathe of option declarations which in itself do not say much as most were at levels that one would expect to be declared.
It has been encouraging even in this first week back to see that a number of the projects being planned at the back end of 2010 are now starting to be discussed far more seriously. Such a level of enquiry does lend further positive sentiment going forward particularly from the second quarter onwards.
Otherwise, we have seen further confidence in the recovering market this week with Maersk Line dipping in for 2 x 4,250TEU baby panamax vessels, locking them in for three years a piece at US$23,500 pd for 2nd quarter 2011 deliveries, and other lines also talking of similar periods as they look to cover their requirements for this quarter and beyond.
Elsewhere, the 2,500-3,000TEU sector continues its recovery with further improvements made this week, while the well specified feeder vessels continue to hold firm on strong rates achieved in recent weeks.
With much talk about new tonnage requirements in the coming months we again hope to pick up where we left off with the same positive momentum that we had until the last few weeks of 2010.
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