(1.11.2018) This week, the New ConTex dropped by 7 points. Although the index is rapidly moving south, the pace of reduction slowed down compared to last week. While Type 2,500 (-2,1%) and Type 3,500 (-2,1%) acquired the strongest decreases, all other vessel types fell more moderately by between 0,7% and 2,0%.

On a year-to-year comparison, all except the 1,100 TEU class remain above last years levels. Hopefully this will not continue to melt away throughout the next weeks. Increasing demolition activity in the container segment (during October 19 vessels with a capacity of over 36,000 TEU left the market) could be observed supporting the market to be working towards a balance.

(19.10.2018) The container market scenario remains unchanged - supply side is rising while demand remain limited. Various segments can see oversupply even from liner companies with sublet positions. The Week-on-Week lost another 9 points and is now down to 467 points.

Looking at the segments most negative outlook has been shown for the segment of 4250 teu with (– 227 USD / 12 mos valuation) compared to last week followed by 1700 teu (-131 USD, basis 6 months valuation), 1100 teu (-101 USD, 6 moths valuation as well). Maybe with the present positive scrapping activity (firm prices, various proposals) on a long run container chartering market get some positive feedback again but time being the spot market remain under pressure and therefore rates as well.

(27.9.2018) The present trend carries on this week as almost all sizes are showing decreasing charter rates, although it was touch more active this week in numbers of transactions concluded. Baby-panamax sizes are now showing the biggest drop. Based on 12 months period the 4250 TEU segment decreased by 1,3% closing at USD 12.124. Owners of 2700 TEU vessels remained optimistic this week as this size have gained USD 30 per day since last Friday, to reach USD 11381 per day for 12 months employments. The feeder segments around 1700 and 1100 TEU remain under pressure as the demand remains limited. The 1700 TEU segment lost another USD 73 per day and is closing this week at USD 9930. Same situation to report for the 1100 TEU segment which stays at USD 7137 per day which lost USD 59 compared to last week

(07.09.2018) In general the Charter Market continues to be quite active with tonnage available getting more balanced. The business however being of a short term nature, with carriers unwilling to commit for longer periods.

Following this the New ConTex lost further ground by marginally four points down to 488 now.

The rates in the segment 2500-4250 teu basis 12 month however have not moved from last week. There has even been a slight increase in rates in the 4250 segment even if it is just 0,3 per cent. Also basis 24 month the losses were just in the region of 0,2 to 0,5 per cent. 

There was a slightly higher pressure on the rates in the 1100 teu 1700 teu sizes with losses  of 1,2 respectively 0,9 per cent.It remains to be seen if there will be a stronger demand for these sizes during the coming weeks.

(10.08.2018) The New ConTex dropped a further 6 points this week – continuing its slump during the summer months. It is now 5.3% down month-on-month, although still a healthy 32.7% better off year-on-year.

1100s have suffered the biggest losses, falling 9.3% in the last month. This has been reflective in the market, with Charterers taking advantage of the number of vessels available and the limited demand. Recent fixtures in Europe for this size have dropped below the $7000 mark.

1700s dropped 0.9% during the last week. There have been a few fixtures in this size reported over the last week, but these have shown a similar decline. There is a slight build in some region and it would not be a surprise to see rates fall further as Owners seek employment. 2500, 2700 & 3500 sizes also decreased between 1.3% and 1.8% respectively.

4250s decreased 1.4% in the last week, however there seems to be a good level of demand and activity in this segment and rates could remain steady or potentially firm up over the next few weeks if the demand continues, with the caveat that the excess capacity in post-panamax sizes may put downward cascade pressure on 4520s.

(6.8.2018) The New ConTex reflects another weaker week in the summer slack season with a decrease of the Index through all sizes.

The smaller segments still facing problems in securing new business, which obviously is leading to a weaker market. Lead by the 2700's down by 2,2 %, followed by the 2500's and 1100's down by 2,1%. This is due to low demand and activity, which obviously puts Charterer's in a favourable position to try to set new benchmarks.

The 1700's are at least a bit more steady with only losing 0,9% week-on-week, which is a result of only a smaller amount of available ships. The activity within the 3500 Teu segment is very low, which is no surprise in view of limited availability. As a result the New ConTex is showing only a slight decrease down by 1,2%.

Like in the previous weeks we noticed a higher activity within the Panamax segment. The rate gap between the fixtures is wider though, which is a result of certain difficult positions and some vessel's being under pressure to do something. As a consequence the New ConTex for this segment is down by 1,5%, but looking forward this might change again soon as the number of requirements seem to be increasing.

(27.07.2018) The New ConTex index decreased -4 ponits (-0.8%) last week. Following the good demand conditions, the index was on the rise since Q1-2017 and peaked on 26 June 2018 at 536 points. Afterwards, the New ConTex started to decrease with the beginning of the quiet summer months, but also in tandem with an escalating trade conflict between USA and China and decreasing economic sentiment indicators for the Euro Area and advanced economies. Month-to-Month, the index decreased by 3.4% from its peak end June. Regarding a longer perspective, the index is still strong and increased 36.6% Year-on-Year (from 380 points on 25th July 2017).

The 1100 TEU segment saw the strongest decrease last week with -1.9% (-$155). Month-on-Month numbers also show that it have been especially the Feeder segments that came under pressure. The 1100 TEU and the 1700 TEU segment decreased around -4.4% since 26th June 2018. It is also the 1100 TEU segment that saw the "slightest" increase Year-on-Year (27.7% since 25 July 2017).

These numbers are supported by the current idle statistic. Since June 2018, the number of total idle container vessels increased from 85 to 122. The strongest increase could also be followed for the Feeder segments. A fresh wind for the market can be expected as the first autumn requirements arrive.

(02.07.2018) The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has published ELBA today, a web portal that Port Users enables to submit the obligatory declaration of the use of the port online to the Fee’s office in charge of inland shipping (EBHS).

ELBA can be used by smartphone, tablet or personal computer. You don´t need a separate APP. To get access in the new web portal you first need an account. Therefore you have to register once. After registration you can log in and report immediately the required details in only a few steps.

In addition the HPA has implemented a fully automated billing process in ELBA. This is called “self-service”. With using this feature you can benefit from the extension of the time period of payment to 30 days.

Please note:

Before your first report you have to enter following data once for each ship / invoice recipient


ENI (European Number of identification)

Dimensions (length, wide, draft)

Performance of main engine(s)

Tonnage capacity (cargo ships) or PAX (passenger ships)

Upload Documents (i.e. official inland shipping tonnage certificate, Community inland shipping  certificate)

Billing Details

Entire name of the recipient

Entire Address

Tax ID number

Valid E-Mail address for electronic invoicing

In order to get a correct invoice it is necessary to check the entered parameters. For that purpose we need copies of suitable documents (i.e. official inland shipping tonnage certificate, Community inland shipping  certificate). These documents can be submitted via ELBA (upload) or via sending an E-mail to EBHS.

Please use following link to get further information and access ELBA

(15.06.2018) The container charter market has taken a little breather during the last week, we still try to find out if the post Posidonia blues is still taking its toll, but the majority of people should have recovered. Although is was a quieter week in numbers of transactions concluded, the momentum within the majority of segments is still good. In short, it is quieter but firm. With the overall relatively limited supply of available tonnage within the most segments, gains can be registered in all New ConTex segments of the sizes 2500 TEU and larger. Although we monitor a relatively homogenous increase, the biggest winner this week is the 4250 TEU segment increased by 1,0% closing at USD 14.194 followed by the 3500 gaining 0,6% week on week. With the so far still prevailing positive sentiment we do believe to experience a further solid market.

(08.06.2018) Im April 2018 wurden von Deutschland Waren im Wert von 110,3 Milliarden Euro exportiert und Waren im Wert von 89,9 Milliarden Euro importiert. Wie das Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) anhand vorläufiger Ergebnisse weiter mitteilt, waren damit die deutschen Exporte im April 2018 um 9,3 % und die Importe um 8,2 % höher als im April 2017. Kalender- und saisonbereinigt nahmen die Exporte gegenüber dem Vormonat März 2018 um 0,3 % ab, während die Importe um 2,2 % stiegen.