UK shipbroker Braemar is seeking to reassure owners dismayed by the “disconnect” between higher secondhand ship prices and the weaker dry bulk freight market.

Alexandra Alatari, the London shop’s senior shipping analyst for sale and purchase, said Braemar brokers have met with many clients over the past few weeks to discuss the outlook for the sector.

"The main concern raised is the disconnect between asset values and the freight market," she said.