TANKERS Aframax market in the Med. remains quiet, with ample tonnage for early Feb. loading dates. OMV out of Libya with destination Trieste has fixed tanker Pacific tonnage at W/S 240. – N. Sea market seems to be moving in the same direction, with the last Conoco’s fixture for 80,000 tons of cargo loading Feb. 9 Norway, discharging UK, at W/S 255. – Not a lot in Caribs either, with Valero having fixed AET tonnage for 70,000 tons of cargo loading Feb. 7 East Coast Mexico, discharging US Gulf, at W/S 270, while Stasco has fixed M/T «Genmar Ajax» for same cargo loading Feb. 15, also discharging US Gulf, at W/S 277.5. – Suezmaxes very weak in the Med. and at W/S 180-190, while in W. Africa Suezmax tonnage is building up having to compete with the VLCCs in the area which are now fixed at W/S 185 with destination US Gulf. – VLCCs out of Arabian Gulf steady, with Jomo having fixed M/T «New Circassia» for 263,000 tons of cargo loading March 4, discharging Japan, at W/S 155 while SSS has fixed M/T «Kaimon» for 255,000 tons of cargo loading March 4-6, with same destination, at W/S 150. – In the Med., Repsol for 80,000 tons of cargo loading Feb. 4 Libya, discharging Spain, has fixed M/T «Panagia Armata» at W/S 310. – In the Cont., Preem has fixed M/T «Ragnhild Knutsen» for 80,000 tons of cargo loading Feb. 16 Denmark, discharging Sweden, at W/S 227.5. – In W. Africa, Vitol has fixed M/T «Genmar Sky» for 130,000 tons of cargo loading Feb. 25, discharging US Gulf, at W/S 195. – In Arabian Gulf, Zhenrong has fixed M/T «Hyundai Star» for 270,000 tons of cargo loading March 4, discharging China, at W/S 162.5. DRY CARGO Capers market remains strong especially for the Atlantic front hauls. Hanjin has fixed M/V «Cape Mars,» 175,882 dwt, built 2003, delivery Israel, trip via Brazil, redelivery S. Korea, at USD 115,000 daily. – In Far East, Japanese have fixed M/V «Katerina V,» 171,995 dwt, built 2004, delivery Korea mid-Feb., trip via Australia, redelivery China, at USD 82,500 daily. – On Panamaxes, period rates continue to outstrip the spot market, especially in the East, while very little is reported on single trips. – Mol Navix has fixed M/V «Darya Lok,» 74,500 dwt, delivery Korea 15 March / 15 April, for 2 years’ trading at USD 35,500 daily, while M/V «Vassos,» 76,000 dwt, built 2004, delivery Japan Feb. 3-10 for 3-5 months, was fixed at USD 54,000 daily. – Rates remain very strong for Handymax in Atlantic. Hugo Neu has fixed M/V «Prairie Sky,» 45,031 dwt, built 1995, delivery USAC 10-20 Feb., redelivery Far East, at USD 50,000 daily. – On coal cargoes, Cargill for 160,000 tons of cargo loading S. Africa end Feb.-beg. March, has fixed M/V «Formosabulk Clement» at USD 28.00 per ton with 2 days load and 25,000 days discharge.