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August 26, 2021

Shortage of ballasters could prolong high Capesize rates

Matthew Wright
Senior Freight Analyst

Port congestion in China has pushed Capesize rates to a multi-year high creating a shortage of ballasters returning to Brazil. But long term, cooling demand from China, should see levels drop.

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Product Updates
May 25, 2021

What is fleet utilization & why is it important?

Shruti Bansal
Principal Product Manager

At the core of any fundamental market analysis lies supply and demand of the asset. Higher demand with the same supply results in higher prices and vice-versa. Asset or fleet utilization is one way to measure the supply and demand balance and in turn the market price. It is a measure of the actual use of an asset divided by the number of assets available to use

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March 24, 2021

Suez Canal blockage continues, delaying more than 20 liquid/gas tankers

Alex Booth
Head of Research

Overnight on Tuesday, the container Ship Ever Given ran aground in a southern part of the Suez Canal, a rare event in the history of the waterway. The potential for a rapid build-up of liquid and gas tankers in the region is marked with multiple laden vessels now indicating delays for Suez transit. As of Wednesday morning there were seven vessels carrying crude, 15 carrying refined products, five LNG vessels and two LPG carriers either sat waiting or approaching the canal. While attempts to clear the ship from the canal continue, this queue will continue to build. A salvage squad from the Netherlands will attempt to dislodge the ship beginning Thursday.

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Data & Tech
February 1, 2021

Minimising the impact of elevated congestion in Commodity markets, Panama Canal case study

Rebecca Chia
LNG Market Data Analyst

Congestion events can impact supply and demand and become a major issue for all market players. Being able to identify them on time can provide an edge in the trading process.

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Life at Kpler
August 1, 2020

Kpler People: Shruti Bansal, Freight Principal Product Manager

Arthur Chevreul
Head of Communications & Public Relations

Three weeks after the release of our new Freight Intelligence product, we would like to introduce Shruti Bansal, Freight Senior Product Manager at Kpler. Shruti was born and raised in India, where she graduated from the University of Delhi and started her career in commodity analytics and trading. After three years at Louis Dreyfus Company, she moved overseas and has lived in four different countries so far, including Germany where she was Senior Trading Analyst at Vattenfall.

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