Iron ore shipping vessels are feeling a pinch as cargo has diminished over the early winter season. Capesize iron ore freight rates in the Pacific and Atlantic have taken a corresponding tumble. Some iron ore shipping vessels are finding themselves without any cargo. It is reported that as many as 30 shipping vessels were in the Pacific seeking iron ore cargo.
The primary cause appears to be a slowdown in iron ore cargo coming out from Brazil and West Australia, which precipitated lower priced fixtures out of South Africa. Vale, a Brazilian miner, contributes their slowdown to weather, noting that the wet season significantly affected cargo activity. Continue reading