With strikes, blockades, and political instability gripped the country, a pivotal set of elections to determine the new ruling party and premier of Bangladesh was announced for January 5th, 2014.
On the back of which, key end buyers started to speculate ahead of the elections and have begun to stockpile vessels, anticipating continued improvement in local steel plate prices.
Larger capesize bulkers, panamax sized containers and suezmax tankers / VLCCs have all been the flavor of the month, with certain buyers taking the plunge once again after months of relative inactivity.
The one market sale of the week concerned the Omni Offshore FSU SHANGHAI I (10,600 LDT) sold for a decent USD 440/LT LDT given the fact that she is under tow and arriving during the lower tide winter months (meaning that beaching is likely to be difficult and unsatisfactory), the price achieved was certainly a good one.
Source: steel guru. 3 December 2013