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Container Shipping

17 December 2009

Still a long way to go before demand catches up with the massive amount of tonnage. Demand: Generally speaking demand is still pretty sluggish, but having said that, the future trends have already arrived. Intra-Asia trade is set to be where the volume growth is going to be strong.

The vintage converted VLOC's still make economic sense

09 June 2017

There are few purely economic incentives to demolish VLOC’s converted from VLCC’s, as they have secured freight rates and employment on long-term time charter contracts a long time ago. There is also no incentive to sell your ship for immediate profit, as the value of a converted VLOC currently in service, is the same in the secondhand market as the demolition market. 

Tanker Shipping - Crude oil tankers out-perform their oil product peers in a market full of surprises

15 August 2014

Some time ago, BIMCO expected the first signs of a solid recovery in the oil tanker industry to appear in the product tanker market. However, like other soon-to-arrive recoveries, the waiting time tends to increase as we approach the expected tipping point. This time around, global refinery throughput started the year strongly but entered a still running soft patch in May, high volumes but shorter hauls out of the US Gulf, and the steady inflow of new ships were part of the cocktail that prevented freight rates from taking off big time.