ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)On Thursday night ESPN revealed the national signing day grades for every Power-5 college football program.National Signing Day wrapped up on Wednesday, though there were a few tops recruit left over who signed on Thursday. After the classes became official, the Worldwide Leader graded every recruiting class.Only one college football program left with an “A+” while the worst grade handed out was a “C-“.So, which team received the “A+”? That distinction would belong to the Alabama Crimson Tide after bringing home their sixth No. 1 class in the past eight seasons.Nick Saban and company continue to recruit at the highest level despite losing key assistants each and every year.This season, Saban had to replace seven assistants on his staff, but still ended up with the No. 1 class.The man who dethroned Saban last year, Kirby Smart, finished the 2019 recruiting cycle with the second-best class as Georgia brought in a plethora of five-star recruits for the second-consecutive year.Other notable programs who received an “A” for their recruiting classes were the Clemson Tigers, Michigan Wolverines and Florida Gators.The SEC finished with five of the top 10 overall classes – showing why it’s the deepest conference in the country year-in and year-out.You can see the full list of draft grades here.
zoom As the dry bulk market is currently experiencing a slight recovery, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) jumped by 13 points and reached 500 points on April 6, marking the highest level so far in 2016.The Capesize index was up by 11 points reaching 477, the Panamax index was up by 23 points hitting 619, while the Supramax index increased by 3 points, resulting in 482 points.Average daily earnings for Capesizes and Panamaxes were up by USD 187 and USD 180, amounting to USD 4,027 and USD 4,940, respectively, while the average daily earnings for Supramaxes increased by USD 32 to USD 5,036.The increases come on the back of last month‘s BDI threshold of over 400, after the dry bulk industry staged a come back following BDI’s plunge to a record low of 298 points seen at the beginning of February.In an attempt to deal with overcapacity in the sector, dry bulk owners were on a demolition spree during the first quarter of 2016, according to data from Clarksons Research.In January and February alone, 111 dry bulk ships were scrapped, equalling 9.3 million DWT, BIMCO said.By the end of March, some 144 dry bulkers, equivalent to 11.9 DWT, were sold to scrap.Clarksons Research data shows that the average scrapping age for bulk carriers dropped from 33 years in 2007 to 24 years so far this year, however, due to the current market conditions, vessels built in the 2000s are now candidates for recycling.Despite the high scrapping trend, the current dry bulk market is still in limbo, as low demand for commodities transportation continues.Furthermore, according to VesselsValue the interest for building and ordering dry bulk ships has diminished in 2016, as shipyards believe they can earn more from constructing other types of ships.Only four vessel orders were registered in the first 12 weeks of 2016 despite 12-year low newbuilding prices offered from the shipyards, BIMCO said.World Maritime News Staff