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On a global scale, containerised export data from CTS, shows that activity improved in May following a weak start to 2013. Since then, the pace has picked up, and November and December saw 5-7% growth rates from same months of last year.
It has been a joyride for Capesize owners in September. During that month, freight rates lifted from the USD 10,000-15,000 per day interval experienced from mid-June until the beginning of September, when the market caught fire in a big way.
The balancing act continues, as demand moves forward at snail’s pace while a new record-sized containership is deployed in the Asia-Europe trading lane
Strong demolition activity dampens fleet growth, while stable US demand supports optimism as we head into the “peak-season”
The shipyard industry seemed to head straight for the output-abyss just 15 months ago. Today the transition from recent years' record high shipyard output to a more sustainable level of output appears to soft-land with global shipyard output clearly slowing down. This BIMCO analysis compares data from December 2011 with data from March 2013, representing a remarkable turn for the shipyard industry.
Shipowners are faced with a number of important decisions in terms of investment and trading if they want to do business within the future sulphur limits of Emission Control Areas (ECAs). The deciding factors influencing the investment decision for installation of a scrubber are the fuel cost spread and the time spent in an ECA. In this article, BIMCO has tried to abridge the issue to facilitate decision making.
The record-high Chinese imports towards the end of 2012 ensured that quantities of Chinese iron ore reached an all-time high of 744 million tons for the full year, according to Chinese customs data. Meanwhile, port inventories have been decreasing considerably since early September, suggesting that the demand should stay sturdy in the coming year.
All stakeholders in shipping realize that the business is cyclical, and the most important challenge is to predict the ups and downs and plan accordingly. But few had in their wildest fantasies predicted the financial crisis that hit the world four years ago, and the significant drop in cargo volumes and the major impact this had on all shipping markets.
The demand picture for oil tankers is steady – perhaps a bit too steady if you look at the freight rate movements for VLCC crude oil tankers and MR clean product tankers. This stands in contrast to the spikes that Suezmax owners have achieved during the first five months of 2012.