Pressemitteilungen

(4.5.16) The first week of May did not bring much positive news to the charter market. The New ConTex was reduced by another 2 points to 340. All segments was this week reduced though only marginally – whether this factual or influenced by a holiday week in both Asia and Europe remains to be seen. Generally the market must be considered as stable at a low level.

Contrary to previous weeks the 4250 TEU segment experienced some activity but with the short term charter rates being under pressure. Activity in the mid-size segment appeared somewhat reduced although a number of modern vessels was taken out of the market on ‘longer term’ charters.

Following a rising trend for some months the 1100 TEU feeder segment may have lost a little momentum although certain areas indeed still appear under supplied.

(22.4.16) This week we didn't notice substantial chartering activity and specifically at such rates that would justify upward/downward movement of the NewContex. Indeed, the Index moved sideways yet for week 16 as it can be shown below. This was also reflected in the various size segments. There was marginal change in all sizes showing stability except the 4250 TEU vessels for 12 months for the well known reasons of numerous idle tonnage and the absence of employment. Also the MOL "E" Class 4600 design fixture this week with CMA at levels below USD 5,000 might have contributed to the decrease in this segment intensifying the negative sentiment for the bigger tonnage. The 1100 TEU and 1700 TEU for 12 months have seen marginal increase this week. This can be attributed to a very stable and strong Mediterranean market at the moment where the supply of 1100-1700 TEU vessels does not match the increasing demand which traditionally appears in the Mediterranean during Spring. Asia remains still weak for all segments with few and short period orders and with fixtures at levels similar to or marginally less than last done. The rate differences between Far East and the Mediterranean has already many owners considering to position their far east tonnage in European waters. Even though there have been interesting fixtures of 1100 TEU vessels in the Mediterranean we do not have enough evidence to support the argument that this increase in the rates of the 1100s and 1700s is here to stay. Time will tell.      

(15.04.16) The sideward movement of the New ConTex also continued this week. Week 15 ended in a change of +2 points in comparison to the last one. Such minor increase is mainly driven by the smaller segments, which are showing a more favourable supply and demand situation in some of the areas resulting in more stable respectively sometimes slightly firmer rates.

The bigger segments though are still under immense pressure and some further decrease of the market rates might be seen.

The 12 months New ConTex figure for the 4250 TEU vessels could possibly decrease further over the coming week(s) as the quoted figure is presently above actual achievable market level. This especially applies to the physical market in the Far East, where pretty much all fixtures within this segment have been concluded so far within April and where the available tonnage is located.

The downward trend of the New ConTex for the 4250 TEU vessels could potentially be reversed once fixtures for extensions in the Atlantic area will be concluded. Having in mind the supply situation there (no idle tonnage) the achievable rates should definitely be stronger in comparison to the Far East.

 The movement of the 24 months figure for the 4250 TEU vessel is hard to predict as no business for such period is available in the market.

(7.4.16) Im Februar 2016 wurden von Deutschland Waren im Wert von 99,5 Milliarden Euro exportiert und Waren im Wert von 79,3 Milliarden Euro importiert. Wie das Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) anhand vorläufiger Ergebnisse weiter mitteilt, waren damit die deutschen Exporte im Februar 2016 um 4,1 % und die Importe um 4,0 % höher als im Februar 2015. Kalender- und saisonbereinigt nahmen die Exporte gegenüber dem Vormonat Januar 2016 um 1,3 % und die Importe um 0,4 % zu.

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(1.4.16) The week ended where it had started, with the New ConTex Index standing at 339. Although the market weakness continues and most sizes were marked slightly down, the declines were modest enough to avoid the Index closing lower this week.

The 1100 TEU class was the only component to experience a rise, reflecting a tightening in supply in the smaller feeder sector. It is a fact - as witnessed in previous recessions - that smaller ships are earning rather more than many larger ships.

Most of the other sectors suffered only slight declines, typically of 0.1 - 0.2 percentage falls week-on-week. The only significant decline was seen in the 4250 TEU panamax market which continues to face exceedingly challenging conditions; the 12 months rate for 4250 TEUs experienced a 1.4% drop compared to last week.

(24.3.16) Despite a positive sign at the beginning of this week we have to keep in mind that the market is still at its lowest with unfortunately no signs of improvement. Consequently the New ConTex moved sideways, again.

 For the 12 months period evaluation almost all figures decreased: 1,100 TEU (- USD 9), 1,700 TEU (-USD 8), 2,700 TEU (-USD 27), 3,500 TEU (-USD 7) and 4,250 TEU (-USD 42). The only exception was the 2,500 TEU class (+USD 20).

On a more positive note the 24 months-period indes has increased in the classes 2,500 TEU (+ USD 14) and 3,500 (+ USD 29).

 

 

(18.3.16) Der Bundesverkehrsminister hat am Mittwoch den neuen Bundesverkehrswegeplan (BVWP) 2030 vorgestellt. Dieser stellt das wichtigste Instrument der Verkehrsinfrastrukturplanung des Bundes für die kommenden 10 bis 15 Jahre dar. Er betrachtet dabei sowohl die Bestandsnetze als auch Aus- und Neubauprojekte auf Straße, Schiene und Wasserstraße.

Insgesamt ist ein Gesamtvolumen von rd. 264,5 Mrd. € vorgesehen. Davon sollen bis 2030 rd. 141,6 Mrd. € in den Erhalt der Bestandsnetze fließen. Für Aus- und Neubauprojekte sind rd. 94,7 Mrd. € vorgesehen.

Der Plan wurde auf der Webpage www.bmvi.de der Öffentlichkeit zur Verfügung gestellt. Interessierte Personen und Verbände können nun hierzu innerhalb der nächsten sechs Wochen Stellung nehmen.

Der Zentralverband Deutscher Schiffsmakler e.V. (ZVDS) hat den BVWP begleitet und begrüßt die Ergebnisse ausdrücklich. Besonders erfreulich ist, dass neben den bekannten größeren Bauvorhaben, z.B. die Ertüchtigung des NOK und den Fahrrinnenanpassungen auf der Elbe, Rhein und Weser, auch die „kleineren“ Maßnahmen, wie der Ausbau der seewärtigen Zufahrten zu den Häfen Emden, Rostock und Wismar sowie die Ertüchtigung des Elbe-Lübeck-Kanals, Berücksichtigung fanden. Besonders für diese hatte sich der ZVDS in seinen Stellungnahmen stark gemacht, um das Transportsystem Schiff gegenüber dem LKW im Kurzstreckenseeverkehr zu stärken.

Nun sind die erforderlichen Haushaltsmittel vorhanden und der politische Wille ist da. Aller-dings fehlt es sowohl auf der Bundesebene als auch in vielen Ländern an den erforderlichen personellen Planungskapazitäten und hier liegt auch der eigentliche Engpass. Zudem bedeutet die Aufnahme eines Projektes keine Privilegierung im Hinblick auf die Beurteilung seiner Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt bezüglich möglicher Emissionen, z.B. Lärm. Daher sind auch zukünftig Verzögerungen aufgrund von Einwendungen sowie Klagen von Umweltverbänden und Bürgerinitiativen gegen einzelne Bauvorhaben zu erwarten. Zusammengefasst lässt sich sagen, der neue Bundesverkehrswegeplan stellt einen wichtigen Meilenstein für den Erhalt und Ausbau der Infrastruktur dar, eine Beschleunigung ist damit noch nicht verbunden.

(18.03.2016) The New ConTex lost two points from last week and returned to 339 points on last survey. After the last week’s stagnation with minor improvements on the index, the latest negative prefix reflects the downward trend in most of the segment s, with the exception of the 1100 TEU size which improved USD 37 on week to week basis.

The smallest segment of 1100 TEU is still enjoying healthy demand prompting the index to improve to USD 6778 for a six months period. The 1700 TEU segment decreased compared to previous week. The positive development until week 9 seems to be over, followed by a modest decrease so far.

The larger segments of 2500 and 2700 TEU vessels lost ground since last week. The 2500 TEU vessels have lost a minor USD 6 for a 12 months period, whereas the 2700 TEU segment reduced by a lesser USD 33. The up and down movement of this segment continues.

Also the biggest listed segments of 3500 and 4250 TEU decreased since last week. Especially the 3500 TEU experienced the weakest progress over the past week loosing USD 69. The 4250 TEU were pushed down to USD 5785 representing a loss of USD 17 to last week. The segment is more or less continuously fading over the past weeks and unfortunately no improvement to the better is in sight.

(4.3.2016) The New ConTex development provided more of the same this week. The one point improvement of the index well represents the prevailing sluggishness of the last weeks. For the sizes between 2500 TEU and 4250 TEU rates continue to hover around USD 6000.

On a positive note, the smaller segments of 1100 TEU and 1700 TEU at least posted minor increases on a month on month basis. Compared to a year ago the rate levels for the two smallest categories are roughly at the same numbers, giving hope to maybe another upbeat spring development as witnessed last year.

For the larger ships however, the fluctuating numbers of idle vessels before and after the Chinese New Year barely had any effect on charter rates as the supply surplus looms so large that a few more or less readily available vessels do not make a difference at the moment.