First quarter of 2013 proven a positive surprise for dry bulk market
Despite ominous predictions regarding the negative performance of the dry bulk market during the – traditionally weak anyway – first quarter of the year, it seems that the market dodged a bullet and escaped unscathed from the tonnage oversupply concerns. According to the latest weekly report from shipbroker Intermodal, the first quarter proved to be a positive one for most of the mid-to-small sizes, like Panamaxes, Supras and Handies. Time-charter equivalent earnings have brought some relief as earnings improved and moved to a positive territory beyond the point of covering their operating expenses.
According to Intermodal's S&P shipbroker Yannis Olziersky, "the strong demand for tonnage is driven mainly by the South American grain season, which pushed Panamax rates to an unexpectedly significant improvement. In the Pacific, Panamaxes also found support due to the increased demand for Indonesian exports such as iron ore, bauxite, nickel ore and coal. As a result the BPI during March averaged at around 1,147 points, with rates for a front haul voyage rising up to US$ 18,000/day and round voyages in the Far East edging up to US$ 10,000/day.
How about now? How has the author of that article done predicting the drybulk market over that past 6 years? Terrible? Awful? Not even aware that there was such a thing? And now you are quoting this schmuck?