11 October 2013
Following five weak months of demand growth (January-May), transported container volumes are finally growing on the Far East to Europe trading lane – as much as 1.9% y-o-y in the first seven months of 2013.
10 April 2013
As BIMCO foresaw in the latest Shipping Market Overview & Outlook – an upward adjustment of freight rates as per announcements became essentially successful.
13 February 2013
”The smaller the better” seems to be the mantra in the tanker segment these days. Whilst all crude tanker segments enjoyed a spike in earnings in late December, the subsequent drop hit the VLCC much harder than the Aframax segment.
03 January 2013
The global economy continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace than previous years. The slower economic development has been difficult for ship owners who, with a severe overhang of tonnage, have struggled with a depressed freight market since the start of the financial crisis back in 2008.
13 February 2013
There is room for some optimism in the container ship business, as witnessed by the number of loaded containers going into the ports on the US West Coast. Here, demand increased by 1.7% during 2012, more than making up for the fall in demand in 2011.
13 June 2013
Strong demolition activity dampens fleet growth, while stable US demand supports optimism as we head into the “peak-season”
12 June 2013
Bulk is not only about China even though it is a key driver. In this section, we have taken a closer look at the European seaborne coal markets, which is going through some interesting times right now. European coal demand has been in a slump ever since early 2009,
11 April 2013
The first couple of months have been challenging for all ship sizes, but what was expected to become an extraordinary difficult year for Panamax owners has so far proven to be a somewhat positive surprise.
05 September 2012
All stakeholders in shipping realize that the business is cyclical, and the most important challenge is to predict the ups and downs and plan accordingly. But few had in their wildest fantasies predicted the financial crisis that hit the world four years ago, and the significant drop in cargo volumes and the major impact this had on all shipping markets.
14 October 2012
As we are heading into Q4 our thoughts go back to the strong days during the end of last year. In spite of a recent strong return of Chinese iron ore imports, history is unlikely to repeat itself. Freight rates have been on the slide since mid-Summer and only Capes have resisted consistent erosion.