Reuters are reporting that the Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index registered a new all-time low on 8 February on muted vessel demand.
The overall index, which gauges the cost of shipping dry bulk including cement dropped four points to 293 points.
The index has not risen in a single session this year, dropping nearly 40% and touching fresh lows in 24 of the 26 sessions.
A slowdown in the Chinese economy, which expanded at its slowest pace in a quarter of a century in 2015, and a huge over-capacity in vessels have hit the index hard.
Average daily earnings for capesize vessels, which typically transport 150 000 t cargoes fell US$43 to US$2781.
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