04 July 2018
The slowdown in dry bulk activity might be temporary given the recent announcement from the Ministry of Transport in China that as of September all vessels imported in the country should satisfy at least Tier II emission standards, which gives window of just two months to local buyers wishing to invest in vessels not satisfying the criteria.
The weekly sale and purchase report by Intermodal Research & Valuations features secondhand sales market prices for crude oil- and oil product tankers, dry bulk carriers, container ships and gas tankers.
06 July 2018
The safety challenges connected with the implementation of the 0.50% sulphur cap are numerous, but not insurmountable. The issues are to some extent known from the implementation of the sulphur emission control areas (SECA) in 2015, among others loss of power, leaking fuel and lower flashpoints. Other issues have to be managed by digging out the experience from the 1980’s with very bad fuel oil quality e.g. instability and incompatibility.