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Platts launches scrubber index for bulkers

S&P Global Platts is now publishing time charter equivalent (TCE) assessments basis 0.5% sulphur bunker fuel for scrubber-fitted and non-scrubber dry bulk ships covering capesizes, panamaxes, ultramaxes and supramaxes.

The new TCE assessments are calculated using daily 0.5% delivered bunker prices published by Platts. The vessel speed and consumption used in these TCE calculations were derived by extensive market survey and reflect market practice for vessels using low sulphur fuel.

The scrubber indices reflect the average of the difference between the TCE returns for scrubber-fitted and non-scrubber ships for respective routes under each vessel class.

Last month S&P Global Platts launched a capesize earnings index. The CapeT4 Index reflects ton-mile demand on four time charter equivalent (TCE) assessments.

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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