11 April 2013
The tanker market is doing full steam ahead – not in relation to demand, earnings or actual operating speed, but in relation to structural demand changes in the West.
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.
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.
16 August 2012
The summer lull in the freight market is soon to be over as we enter into the seasonally-stronger final five months of the year. Hopefully, this will bring around higher earnings, but the outlook is unlikely to support a joyride similar to that of last year. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) currently stands at 843 (August 6), a level which is 53% below the average of the final five months of 2011.
14 February 2012
All eyes have been on the BDI and Capesize earnings during December and January trading – but for many different reasons. While staying in very comfortable zones during December 2011, the turn of the year not only meant a new year was coming around but also that old challenges are back with a vengeance.
18 January 2012
The world needs daring and decisive political leadership, especially in the EU and the US, for confidence and optimism to find its way to the consumers. Unfortunately, the political stalemate in the US continued throughout 2011
13 December 2011
While the workhorses in the Panamax and Supramax segments performed in line with the BIMCO forecast – hovering around USD 15,000 per day – Handysize vessels performed slightly worse than expected, tipping their toes just South of the USD 10,000 per day. On the very positive side,
28 November 2011
21 June 2011
The healthy demand picture of some 6% demand growth is what keeps the dry bulkers afloat. Despite the multiple disruptions that have already taken place, we see growing demand for almost all commodities. This has certainly prevented a meltdown of freight rates. Many people expected the current doldrums already last year, but extremely strong demand growth in 2010 postponed the hardship into 2011.
15 March 2011
One year ago the tanker orderbook stood at 132 million DWT – today it totals 118 million DWT. The total orderbook is down by 11% over the last year. Even though new contracts are being signed at a steady pace, that pace remains slower than that of newbuildings being delivered.