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State of the Bunker Industry - Examining the Key Issues Stakeholders Face Today

This is not the post-2020 environment we expected. The event examined the key issues that marine fuel stakeholders from buyers to suppliers face today. How did we get here, and what can we expect in the months ahead? Is there any IMO 2020 hangover at all, or is the focus now only on dealing with the reality of new market dynamics and the changing economic landscape? Peter Sand, Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO provided the Shipowners' Perspective.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Future Shipping Demand with BIMCO's Peter Sand

From the drastic decrease in oil demand to lockdown in manufacturing, Peter provided an overview of the macroeconomic challenges being faced by individual shipping sectors and subsequently indicators of how the breakbulk and project cargo sectors are faring through the current pandemic. 

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May 2020

Dry bulk shipping: no quick recovery for the dry bulk market as Covid-19 digs deeper

The outlook is poor for dry bulk, as the negative demand shock and overcapacity come together to send rates to multi-year lows, even a return to work in China is not enough to support the market.

Container shipping: massive blanking of sailings has supported freight rates as demand collapses

The Covid-19 crisis has – and will continue to – hit the container shipping market hard, and the current economic situation provides no hope for a short-term recovery.

Tanker shipping: sky high freight rates replaced by reality of falling global oil demand

Geopolitical tensions have now eased, leaving freight rates to feel the full effects of the weak underlying market and falling demand. Tanker shipping looks set to be under pressure for the rest of the year.

Macroeconomics: global trade to suffer massive losses from Covid-19 related shutdowns

No V-shaped recovery in sight after the large-scale shutdown of economic activity and the virus posing a risk to globalisation. 

China to Europe front- and back-haul container spot rates in rare reversal

Throughout April, container shipping spot freight rates on the back-haul trade from North Europe to China were higher than those on the front-haul trade from China to North Europe.

The collapse of the oil and bunker fuel markets in early 2020

The sulphur regulation from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that came into force on 1 January 2020 took the centre stage in the shipping industry at outset of the new decade. Four months on, the spotlights have turned to the coronavirus and the OPEC+ oil price war.

Why should I pay any attention to spot container freight rates?

Despite lower volumes being fixed in the spot market, it is key to tracking developments in the container shipping market, as it quickly responds to the changing situation and adjustments to demand and supply.

April 2020

Three out of five converted VLOCs are no longer operating

Converted Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) are increasingly becoming a thing of the past with the long-term freight contracts coming to an end as newer and more reliable ships replace them in the market.

Overcapacity and low demand growth set the tone in the 2010s

The benefits of strong demand growth in the 2010s were limited by faster supply growth.

OPEC+ production cuts will end profitable crude oil tanker journeys

Members of OPEC and allies (OPEC+), agreed to a historic production cut of 9.7 million barrels of crude oil per day (m/bpd) to reduce the massive production overhang and set a price floor to limit the fall in oil prices.