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Tanker Shipping - Winter brings a spike for VLCCs

11 December 2013

The freight market for VLCCs was surprisingly strong in November, building on top of a rally starting back in September from very sluggish levels. There is a significant influence from seasonality behind this as Asia, and the northern hemisphere in general, prepare for Winter.

Macro Economics: Uncertainty in Asia echoes around the world

22 January 2016

2016 continues where 2015 ended, with all eyes on China. This is mainly because of uncertainty surrounding the development of the world’s second-largest economy. When the first day of the Shanghai Stock Exchange of 2016 closed prematurely, the trading results echoed around the world. It warned us that we are in for a rough ride in 2016.

Tonne-miles from US coal exports halved over 3 years

21 December 2016

Since Q1 2013, the significance of US coal exports has seen a considerable setback, with 2016 achieving the same levels as 2009. This is due to the long-haul routes carrying coking coal from the US East Coast and US Gulf Coast to East Asia not operating to the same extent and the EU is demanding less thermal coal. 

Meet BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst in Singapore

01 March 2018

BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst will be visiting Singapore to be the moderator at BIMCO’s own seminar and networking event “Crude Oil Tankers: Road to Recovery”. Peter Sand will furthermore be participating in Maritime CEO Forum and a panel discussion at the 15th edition of Asia Pacific Maritime Conference. All three events are hosted in Singapore and will take place on 13-15 March 2018.

Container Shipping - Slow demand and the absence of resumed idling of vessels has proved to be a heavy burden in the battle for rate restoration

23 June 2011

In the past three months, time charter rates have hovered around the same levels, providing owners with a steady market despite the downward shift in spot freight rates. Summer demand should determine the next turning point, with initial indicators suggesting weaker East/West volumes, but stronger North/South trade. Moreover, increased flows on the Middle East and intra-Asia trades should drive rates for small containerships higher, as idle capacity is now removed and orderbook in this segment is low.

Tanker Shipping - Record high global oil demand not enough to create sustainable rates.

09 October 2011

Global oil demand has never been higher, despite recent revisions. Demand is driven by growth in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and FSU, while requirements in North America and EU are contracting in 2011 as well as in 2012. The IEA has revised down its demand outlook by 0.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) for 2011 to reach 89.3 and by 0.4 mb/d for 2012 to reach 90.7. Growth outlook now stands at a modest 1.1% in 2011 and 1.6% in 2012.