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Container Shipping - Going slow across the board has brought back black bottom lines

13 October 2010

Forecast: BIMCO expects the fourth quarter to be a difficult one, with volumes going down from recent highs. This may also mean idling vessels becomes more normal again as they are removed from stings or simply temporarily abundant as volumes tighten. During the first half of 2010 the container trade has made a remarkable comeback. Rates have doubled on many routes and volumes have returned from the abyss to the benefit of many owners who have switched from red ink to black as a result of this.

Optimism is tangible, although ship yard overcapacity is the looming danger in the horizon

20 November 2011

If you work a little harder every day and do your work a little better and smarter today than yesterday, you will stand a better chance of running a successful shipping business. Those words of wisdom catch the optimism bubbling at the NAVIGATOR 2011 event in Athens, Greece. A business full of hardship in recent years has only drowned a few of the die-hard optimists within the shipping industry.