Spot charter rates for LNG carriers have softened in the first week of New Year as exceptionally mild winter conditions prevail across northern Europe but time-charter interest for vessels remains strong.

Spark Commodities dropped its spot rate assessment for a tri-fuel diesel-electric vessel trading in the Atlantic region by $8,750 per day to $133,750 per day. Its Pacific rate assessment was down $4000 per day to $144,500 per day.