(13.9.2019) With another 5 points on top of last week’s results, the New ConTex ends this week at a level of 443 points in total. This further improvement of the index is purely supported by the size segments as from 2500 TEU and above. The w-o-w changes for 1100 TEU with -$13 resp. +$2 for the 1700 TEU segment are precisely the same figures as in the week before.

However, this is also again underlining the present trend, i.e. it is only the bigger size tonnage, which is well demanded and consequently able to achieve enjoyable charter hire rates. Best-in-class is also again the 12 months-evaluation for the 3500 TEU vessels, which gained another 2,9% (equals to USD 311,-) and is now at a rate of USD 11.177,-.

The upward trend of the Baby-Panamax segment remains uninterrupted. With healthy evaluations in the USD mid 14K (for both 12 and 24 months evaluations), this segment stands even stronger on a y-o-y basis.

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(23.08.2019) The positive development in the New ConTex value continued this week with another 1 pct agained and 4 pct month on month, however still around 14 pct less compared to about a year.

It continues to be driven by the larger segments where the lack of general post panamax tonnage force operators to look for smaller and often non-suitable tonnage driving up demand for in particular panamax tonnage which basically has been absorbed for the coming 4-6 months.

In fact the market appear, for once, to move in a rapid pace and the forecasted guidance is actually already below what is being concluded today.

Obviously there is a momentum to drive up demand for the smaller tonnage of 2700 and 3500 TEU, however sofar with very limited success and alternative tonnage options seems to be readily available and thus only a gradual marginal improvement has been seen during the last month and mainly in the AG area whereas other areas has been stable.

Smaller tonnage around 11-1700 TEU seems at best as drifting sideaways and in particular the atlantic side lack a proper demand with prospects being somewhat negative.

(26.7.2019) The New ConTex moved up from last week by further 5 points to finally 411 at then end of this week. Over the last month it's already a rise of 12 points.

The improvement is clearly been driven by the larger segments which is reflected by the Panamax size of 4250 TEU within the index. This size improved in the index evalation during the last week by usd 800 daily which is almost 7%. Over the last month it's actually usd 2.500 per day equalling to almost 25%!

All other sizes shown in the index rather move sidewards.

Looking at the Year-on-Year basis we do also see pretty much the same picture, showing the Panamax segment with a minus of less then 10%, but all other sizes are down by more then 20% upto 26,5%.


(05.07.2019) The charter market developments throughout the different segments did not change much when compared to the last weeks. Again, rates for smaller vessels moved sideways or decreased slightly, while the Baby-Panamaxes continued their positive impulses. The divergent rate movements across the classes offset each other, leaving the New ConTex at 399 points.
For more than 10 weeks now, the index moves in a range between 399 and 402 points. In a month-to-month comparison type 1,100 (-1.0%) and type 2,500 (-0.8%), both basis 12 months period, incurred the biggest declines. Type 3,500 (1.2%) and type 4,250 (5.4%) scored positive results and increased to $8.956 and $9.558 for a period of 12 months. So far, the traditionally calmer summer months had no significant negative impact on the market, and the current situation could continue over the next few weeks.

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(24.5.2019) The New ConTex level was this week unchanged from the previous week indicating a market which is basically drifting sideways and with charter rates for the governing segments overall being stable at a level which is roughly about 25 pct less than seen at the same time last year. Only tonnage of 5500 TEU and above are able to see a demand level justifying increases in charter rates and in reality also the segments where longer term charters are possible.The question is when the demand will filter through to the smaller segments benefitting the 4250 TEU segment. Based on the current activity level it may take a while. Still it is the only segment which has experienced a month-on-month increase albeit modest at below 4 pct.The remaining feeder segments were faced with fairly low demand and in principle it was the relatively low supply of tonnage in the Atlantic which kind of kept the market stable in the feeder segments between 1100 to 1700 TEU. Although not reflected sofar there was some improvement in activity in the 2500-2800 TEU sector but rate increases were insignificant.

(15.3.2019) Although barely visible in the numbers, the market situation is slowly improving for the 2700 TEU and smaller ships as increased chartering demand has absorbed a number of spot ships. However since the available vessel pool was quiet large to begin with, owners have so far been unable to push for substantial rate increases. At the moment a charter rate difference also exists for all ship sizes between the Atlantic and Pacific market, whereas ship trading in Europe or the Americas can command higher earnings on the back of a much more balanced tonnage supply. What the numbers show is that the negative trend for the two largest segments has not stopped yet with both loosing on a weekly and monthly basis.


(11.3.2019) Im Januar 2019 wurden von Deutschland Waren im Wert von 108,9 Milliarden Euro exportiert und Waren im Wert von 94,4 Milliarden Euro importiert. Wie das Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) anhand vorläufiger Ergebnisse weiter mitteilt, waren damit die deutschen Exporte im Januar 2019 um 1,7 % und die Importe um 5,0 % höher als im Januar 2018. Kalender- und saisonbereinigt blieben die Exporte gegenüber dem Vormonat Dezember 2018 nahezu unverändert; die Importe stiegen um 1,5 %.

(8.3.2019) This week New ConTex again show an upward movement rising by 1 point, this is again a sign of the market stabilization still limited to vessel below 2700 teus. Fixtures concluded are still increasing due to a stronger demand, one can still notice that rates in Asia are still suffering due to a high number of spot vessels.

All in all this market stabilization as reflected by this week New ConTex of 387 compared to last week 386 has not yet a real impact and the rise is still marginal.