ECONOMY

Shipping Report

TANKERS Stable conditions with minor activity. Modern Aframax in the Med. and Cont. at W/S 117.5, while Carib rates, despite fresh inquiry, seem stabilized at W/S 160. – Minor demand for Suezmaxes also out of W. Africa with VLCCs continuing to take cargoes mainly for Far East destinations. – Vitol in the Med. has fixed M/T «Ottoman Dignity» for 135,000 tons of cargo, loading July 5-7 Novorossisk, discharging Mohammedia, at W/S 82.5. – In the Med., BP has fixed M/T «Braveheart» for 80,000 tons of cargo, loading July 8 Algeria, discharging UKC/Med. at W/S 110. – In the Cont., Exxonmobil for 80,000 tons of cargo loading June 29 East Coast UK, discharging UKC, has fixed M/T «Stena Natalita» at W/S 125. – In Caribs, Emerald for 70,000 tons of cargo, loading July 8, discharging US Gulf, has fixed M/T «Astro Antares» at W/S 160. – In W. Africa, Trafigura for 260,000 tons of cargo loading July 25, discharging US Gulf, has fixed M/T «Berge Tokyo» at W/S 40. DRY CARGO Capers remain weak, especially in the Far East. NSC for 150,000 tons of ore, loading West Australia end July – early August, discharging Japan, has fixed Mosk tonnage at USD 3.00 per ton with 2 days load and 35,000 tons discharge. – Panamaxes in the East are proving to be a bit of a puzzle with conflicting fixture rates. Kline has fixed M/V «Global Ace» 68,559 dwt, built 1994, delivery China end June, redelivery Japan, at USD 10,000 daily, while ETA has fixed M/V «Silvergate» 68,158 dwt, built 1987, delivery India end June, redelivery Bin Qasim, at USD 6,750 daily. – Atlantic has gone quiet building up tonnage. – Market on Handies/Handymaxes is looking better, especially in S. Atlantic due to sugar inquiry. – On Panamax in Far East, Medimax has fixed M/V «Tian Hua Feng» 74,000 dwt, built 2001, delivery S. China July 6-16 trip via Indonesia, redelivery Med. at USD 6,500 daily. – In Atlantic, Augustea has fixed M/V «Brave Unity» 69,124 dwt, built 1996, delivery July 1-10 Brazil for 2 legs, redelivery UKC / Med., at USD 6,500 daily and USD 125,000 ballast bonus. Melanomas are tumors that can be easily located by the patient upon self-examination. «What, first and foremost, should draw our attention is any change in the appearance of a mole,» said Andreas Katsabas, a professor of dermatology. In particular, suspicious dark skin lesions or moles are those which grow (a melanoma is over 6 mm in diameter) and change color. A melanoma shows color variations, with a complex or uneven distribution (apart from brown there may be combinations of red, grey, white, pink and black). Other signs to be aware of are changes in the shape of a mole, when it starts bleeding without having suffered any form of injury, and when it starts sprouting satellite moles. These changes do not necessarily mean the presence of skin cancer, but they should be checked by a dermatologist.