The market saw a steep ascent from the depths of last week. The Baltic Capesize Index (BCI) 5TC opened on Monday at $5,099, although by Friday’s close most gains were lost, and it finished up at $5,737, a modest gain of $638. Improved sentiment stemmed from Atlantic-tightness combined with an open Colombia coal arbitrage. This in turn provided an influx of fronthaul cargo with minimal candidates, a much-needed injection in recent market times. The improved sentiment lent itself to escalations in the Pacific market. This led to West Australia to China iron ore cargoes lifting from $4.60 per metric ton (pmt) to above $5.00. The week ended on a wimper as the Pacific remained firm to holding, while the Atlantic rates and sentiment softened as the arbitrage closed. The ice premium season is also coming to an end at the beginning of May.