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Glass half full: the bearish dry bulk market may yet offer opportunities

May 26, 2016 (3:37)

The dry bulk freight market is suffering its worst period in decades. However, even this bearish environment can bring some interesting opportunities for the right shipping players.

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London (Platts)--26 May 2016 806 am EDT/1206 GMT
Rotterdam delivered bunker fuel premiums to ex-wharf material moved to their widest in over eight weeks Wednesday due to short supply in Rotterdam.
Singapore (Platts)--26 May 2016 805 am EDT/1205 GMT
Flagging asset prices and limited financing in the dry bulk shipping market have resulted in a spike in the secondhand sale of Supramax and Handysize vessels, a shipbroking and research house said Thursday.
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