A lack of orders for new ships is providing further support to the dry bulk freight market as demand for commodities accelerates, a senior executive at US agribusiness giant Cargill said, reports brecorder.
Sea Freight Index
The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which gauges the cost of shipping commodities such as grain, iron ore, cement, coal and fertiliser, has rallied close to an 11-year high this week, helped by rising rates for larger capesize ships.
Shipping officials say orders for new vessels are slowing partly due to the uncertainty over what technology to invest in as the industry comes under pressure to slash greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades. The rally in rates has been driven especially by a surge in demand for commodities in China, the world’s second-biggest economy and one of the biggest importers of dry bulk goods.
“We are seeing demand continuing to be strong, especially on the main commodities,” Jan Dieleman, president of Cargill’s ocean transportation division, told Reuters.
Capacity in the dry bulk fleet is projected to rise 2.0% in 2021 and just 0.8% in 2022, compared with 3.2% last year and 4.1% in 2019, Refinitiv analysis showed.
“We do not have this ordering boom that we have always seen when there was a bit of an uptick in rates,” Dieleman said, adding that this meant the recent rise in shipping rates looked set to be sustained.
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