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Dry bulk and tanker newbuild contracts 20% higher than 2016

23 June 2017

BIMCO expected newbuild activity to pick up, so the recent development is not surprising. It is however not what the industries needs.  As the dry bulk -, crude oil - and oil product tanker shipping sectors are all struggling with very low freight rates, it is important that the recent development in contracting activity reflects a short-term trend.

The shipping market in 2016 and looking forward

03 January 2017

The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast the lowest level of global GDP growth since 2009. 2017 will see another year of die-hard competition, which now includes tankers. In 2016, the container shipping industry bit the bullet in terms of demolition and consolidation to help the market to recover. The dry bulk sector needs to copy that approach.