Capes’ triple-digit fall brings the BDI below the 1,000 point threshold!!

Chartering, Dry Bulkcarriers, Energy, Environment, Insight, Markets, Reports, Shipping Indices, Stock Markets — By on January 2, 2020 at 11:45 PM

John Faraclas

Capes’ triple-digit fall brings the BDI below the 1,000 point threshold!!

Yesterday’s headline from this medium on the 2020 being an Annus Horribilis was spectacularly proven verbatim right today with the BDI (Baltic Dry Index) losing 114 points. At 976 sends the message: tough times ahead. Geopolitics started with plentiful of mess around. CAUTION! John Faraclas’ brief market recap:

The Capes’ BCI lost 304 points and now at 1,646,  having lost the 1,700, 1,800 and 1,900 thresholds brings more uncertainty with incalculable repercussions for all. Still an optimist but reality bites.

The Supras lost the 700 points threshold and now read 685 – minus 33!!!

No availability for the points lost on the Panamaxes and Handies which fell to 1,003 and 465 points respectively! Strange eh!!!

All in all the gap between today’s BDI and that as of the end of Dec 2013 – six years ago stands at 1,271 points  (2,247 minus 976)!

The Wets too on a diving mode but here things are very different; the last published BDTI (Dirties) and BCTI (Cleans) stood at 1,503 – minus 94 and 889 – minus 69 points respectively. The Cleans lost the 900 point threshold…

The WTI stood slightly higher at US$ 61.17 (61.06 on the 31 Dec 2019) CAUTION as whatever today is above the US$ 49.99 is detrimental for the Global Economy and creates havoc – leading to poverty and misery for the 7.6 out of 7.7 billion people on Planet Ocean; this is the bottom line!!!!

The Geopolitics got worse with the Med being the main focal point particularly with the despicable Turkish behaviour vis-à-vis the Libyan issue which jeopardises international law on all counts. Time for president Erdogan to go or else… Good to see an interesting counter with the signing today in Athens of the EASTMED pipeline agreement between Cyprus, Greece and Israel. Italy, Israel, Cyprus, Egypt and Greece cooperate and create a deterrence against the forces wishing to destroy Peace in the region!

The MIGRANTS maintained the …”lead” as the most important issue primarily in the MED/EUROPE region and  secondary in the USA with the USA/Mexico messy wall issue… We reiterate our view that only a Naval Blockade, with a Mandate and Rules of Engagement can deter the despicable Turkish and Islamists actions… Over the last eight years though this medium we have stress in any way the importance of halting this despicable situation supported by Erdogan’s Turks and, unfortunately having the European morons in Brussels keeping an on purpose blind eye. The day of reckoning though will come and we will be more than pleased to see the politicians punishment…

The faulty line from Gib to Afghanistan and from the Caucuses to the Hon of Africa with its ten focal points including the Balkans, East Med – Aegean and the Middle East, continued to produce despicable mess with incalculable repercussions for 2020 and beyond; watch this space…

Unless we see BREXIT done in its entirety don’t count your eggs before they are hatched…

Putin’s Russia tries hard to influence Europe, Med and the North Africa – Middle East region as well as the global energy status…

On the Libyan issue (already mentioned above), US president Trump warns the Turkish president of the consequences in not accepting the rule of  international law and also on the issue of sending forces in Libya…

In order to excite you …a bit,  you can see my last respective interview in NOUSE just over four and a half years ago (15 May 2015) and you can see with today’s happenings with Turkey how once again we are proven right foreseeing Erdogan’s despicable policies. The interview includes Global situations too; provocative at the time but… true as things developed…

Hong Kong might erupt…

Africa continues to slide into a mess never experienced in the previous decades with the main issue being corruption, piracy and terrorism and secondary but equally strong: the proxy wars with China tying to become …overnight the dominant power…

South America slides to poverty too AND anarchy; Argentina still in severe financial mess… Brazil tying hard with Bolsonaro, Chile with revolts, Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela still in limbo…

Australia, the south mainly on …fire and sign of an end with areas as big as California being totally burned-out…

India and Pakistan still at odds…

Ah! what about the North Korean threat…

Japan is closely watching all developments both financial as well as warring ones…

The World is on fire and more mess is about to develop… That will affect shipping and indeed the 2020 hypocritical tool…

The main Stock Markets (FTSE 100, Dow Jones, Dax, Nikkei, Hang Seng Index and Shanghai’s Composite)  “sustained” the Trade “Wars” particularly “that” between the USA and China. 2019 was indeed a good year – far better than 2018 but in our humble view the bubble still exists…. BREXIT too was, is and will remain an issue until same is “solved”… Never ever forget the Global Debt which now is US$ 255 (twohundredandfityfive) trillion… what can produce!

Polidoros Stiros, Metropolitan Marcos and Despina Vlissidou

On another tone and note Vrontadoussian Chiot Despina Vlissidou was honoured in FOV’s (ΦΟΒ) centre in Vrontados (Omiroupolis) for her 40 (forty) plus years participation and contribution in the life of Vrontados’ municipality and the hundreds of charitable events all over Chios and in other Geek cities.

The Award was given by the Metropolitan of Chios Marcos in the presence of FOV’s president Polidoros Stiros.

Mrs. Vlissidou at the podium thanking FOV’s president and the attending guests

Mrs. Despina Houli Vlissidou was elected as a Councillor in the Municipality of Vrontados on the Greek Island of Chios in the Eastern Aegean Sea, at a young age in 1975 and become also deputy mayor!!

Nicked-named the “Iron Lady of the local authority” she has a lot, still, to offer! Over 100 guests attended and we will revert with a write up as there were some more awards. Many Congratulations!

A very timely event takes place in Athens’ War Museum auditorium: The 12th Maritime Congress on Thursday the 9th of January 2020 and promises to become a major debate given its main theme: “2020, a wind of change in Shipping Finance and Green Shipping”. Ensure you make it so we can all challenge the many issues deriving from its two main sessions. BOOK YOUR FREE TICKET AT https://upgtadeconf.webnode.gr

Also get ready for the big London event, the London 2020 Marine Money Forum at the Dorchester on the 22 of January; it promises to be the biggest debate of the decade! Log in the site and see the respective banner!! Register Now !

Thereafter the ESW2020 –  European Shipping Week in Brussels 17 – 21 February were many issues will be appropriately aired! More event are on the pipeline so log on us to get the respective info!! Again, log on in the site and see the respective banner!

More news later on tonight; until then remain on guard from actions emanating from Pirates, Terrorists, Criminals and Business Hooligans whatsoever wherever you are on Planet Ocean. Happy New Year!

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