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Baltic Exchange changes bulk indices in line with sector’s supersizing

The Baltic Exchange will be implementing previously announced changes to its supramax index; launching dual reporting of a new panamax index on a trial basis and is in the final consultation process of a new handysize vessel dual reporting period for the handysize index, all part of the overall supersizing seen across the traditional dry bulk sectors this decade.

The Baltic Exchange has been dual reporting the supramax 58,000 since July 31 2015 and has now deceased to cease publishing its 52,000 dwt assessments from April 3 2017. Contracts based on the 52,000 dwt weighted average time charter will now settle on a derived value: the formula used by the Baltic Exchange was circulated to its members and published on the Baltic Exchange website. The formula derives the settlement value from the common five routes between the 52,000 dwt and the 58,000 dwt vessel.

From April 24, dual reporting of the Baltic panamax vessels will commence, trialling a new larger vessel size, based on a Tess 82,500 dwt gearless panamax. Following market consultation an additional route is now included and the trial 82 weighted time charter average will be based on five routes.

At the same time the Baltic Exchange has set out a proposal to use an Imabari 38,200 dwt geared bulk carrier as the new benchmark vessel to represent the handysize sector. The current working group recommended the addition of a Pacific based route and consultation with the market is now in its final stage.

Commenting on the changes, recently appointed Baltic Exchange chief executive Mark Jackson said: “These are important changes that are at various points in our ongoing development cycle. All the amendments have made following extensive consultations with the market.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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