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S&P Global Platts insight conversation with Peter Sand

Peter Sand, chief shipping analyst at BIMCO, talks to Alex Younevitch, managing editor for EMEA shipping at S&P Global Platts, about the container market and the challenges that it is facing from the escalating US-China trade war, the upcoming IMO 2020 regulation, and tonnage oversupply.

Iran sanctions and the oil market

Peter Sand talks about Iran sanctions and the oil market from CNBC.

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May 2016

Dry Bulk Shipping: Improved freight rates despite continued fleet growth

On 10 February 2016, the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) hit 290. At that point, a bulk carrier regardless of its size, age and fuel-efficient qualities earned a time charter average of USD 2,417-2,776 per day.

Container Shipping: Weak demand growth in Q1 increases pressure on the industry

The demand for container shipping is stalling at the moment. Indicators for growth in the first months of 2016 point to limited overall demand and huge variations from trade to trade.

BIMCO says dry bulk recovery will be multi-year effort, in an interview with "Akti Miaouli"

In an exclusive interview with “Akti Miaouli” newspaper, BIMCO Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand, provides insight into the markets for dry bulkers, tankers and containerships in 2016 and what to expect going forward.

March 2016

BIMCO: "Dry bulk shipping fleet will grow by 1.3% during 2016"

Read the latest interview with BIMCO’s shipping analyst Peter Sand in Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide.

Dry bulk contracting comes to a halt while demolition is on the rise

With 12 weeks of 2016 behind us, the dry bulk market is still looking bleak. As the current low demand for transportation of commodities continues, the market is doing what it can by scrapping old ships and restraining from ordering new ones.

February 2016

Best year ever for container imports on the US East Coast

2015 was a busy year for container traffic on the eastern coast of the US. 7.9 million TEU of loaded containers entered the US East Coast in 2015, a 12.6% increase - compared to 7 million in 2014.

Six new VLCCs marks the start of a busy delivery year

2016 is off to a flying start when it comes to delivering brand new VLCCs from shipyards in South Korea and China to owners and investor across the globe.

Demolition age drops as the dry bulk market enters another challenging year

The dry bulk market faced a lot of headwind in 2015 as dwindling demand and over-supply created very unfavourable market conditions. 2016 has shown no improvements so far and prospects for the rest of the year are not looking promising. With poor earnings across the board the average scrapping age has dropped among all the dry bulk segments.

January 2016

Tanker Shipping: Still a strong market as demand stays high

One of the most characteristic developments in 2015 was the declining price of crude oil during the second half of the year. Brent crude oil dropped from USD 57 a barrel (bbl.) on 1 July to hit USD 37 a bbl. on the last trading day in 2015.

Container Shipping: A difficult market is helped along by low supply growth in 2016

Overall, container volumes being moved around the world have grown by an average GDP-to-trade multiplier of just 1.1 since 2010 and we expect this to continue in coming years. With IMF expecting GDP growth of 3.4% in 2016, this translates into container demand of 3.5-4%.