The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) appeared to be a tight rope walker this week on the verge of falling off from the 1,000 mark.

After a week-long National Day holiday, the return of the Chinese trade participants failed to rekindle the freight market.

Capesize freight rates rose higher this week, thanks to firmer bunker prices. However, as the week goes by, trade uncertainty started to creep into the market due to weaker freight derivative market.

Market sentiment for Capesize market was on the rise this week despite the widening gap between the physical and paper market.

Like a weary boxer, the Capesize freight market crumbled just before the knockout blow of escalating US - China tension.

Eagle Bulk Shipping is the latest owner to announce it is opting for scrubbers as part of its plans to comply with the IMO's 2020 sulphur cap with an agreement to buy up 37 units.

US-listed shipowner Star Bulk Carriers is continuing to expand its fleet with the acquisition of up to seven vessels from ER Capital Holdings.

The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) was off to a good start this week as the index pushed toward the 1,740 readings, thanks to the positive market sentiments from the higher freight derivative markets.

The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) started last week on a firmer footing despite the trade tensions between US, China and Turkey that waned investors’ confidence.

The freight market seems rosy this week with the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) surging toward a multi-year high.

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