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Container Shipping - Markets are over the hill of the rebound

10 December 2010

The last two years have been extreme for the container shipping industry. When the crisis started in 2008, the industry first saw volumes contract sharply and subsequently rates dropped like a stone as liner companies were fiercely fighting for market shares at full speed – so to speak.

Tanker Shipping - Low demand growth and an ever increasing fleet impact the market conditions negatively

16 August 2012

Overall annual oil demand growth in 2012 is now expected to come in at 0.9% by the IEA (+800,000 barrels per day), close to last year’s 0.8%, which was a 10-year low (excluding the contracting years of 2008/2009). The rise is exclusively originating from non-OECD countries. The outlook was modestly curtailed by early July on the back of the weaker global economic situation. This translates into a rather slim fundamental support to the tanker segment, but fortunately tanker shipping is so much more than overall oil demand.

Dry Bulk Shipping - The haunted dry bulk sector awaits positive demand impact from China and is beaten by supply growth in record territory.

13 June 2012

The dry bulk market is under immense pressure, as the retreating weight of China as the driver of the market is extensively felt. At a time when supply growth simply breaks new mind-blowing delivery records, the demand situation is pitching in a bit too. Currently, there are reports of Chinese customers in the steel industry that are refusing to honour their contract as prices drop, and stock piles are fuller than normal at a time when steel mills take their foot off the throttle following a red-hot production period in recent months.

Dry Bulk Shipping - Recent very tough times in the dry bulk markets are likely to improve gradually, as the downward over-shooting of rates is corrected

11 April 2012

There is no doubt that it takes time from when commodities are bought and transportation fixed and executed to the cargo being landed at the buyer’s desired port of discharge. There’s also no doubt that buying activity for staple cargoes such as coal and iron ore was hectic during the final months of 2011.