Asia Dry Bulk-Capesize rates at six-year lows, could slide further
* Charter rates at 6-year lows as cargoes scarce
* Some owners anchoring ships rather than leasing at a loss
* Have parked ships off South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan -broker
By Keith Wallis
SINGAPORE Jan 8 (Reuters) - Rates for capesize bulk carriers have plunged to fresh six-year lows and could fall further with cargoes scarce in the post-holiday period, brokers said.
"There are still a lot of ships that are anchored off South Africa, Singapore and Taiwan with not a lot of cargo volume to soak them up," a Singapore capesize broker said on Thursday. "Rates are still coming off."
Some European owners are choosing to anchor vessels rather than lease their ships at a loss, the broker said.
Charter rates for a voyage from Australia to China are around $3,000 per day, less than half daily operating costs, according to data from British shipping services firm Clarkson.
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