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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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January 2016

Dry Bulk Shipping: A miserable start to a new year, where the market struggles to grow at all

The global production of steel dropped in 2015 compared to 2014, to a larger extent outside China, as China exported its surplus of steel to destinations across the globe; it is too complex to single out whether this is positive or negative for the seaborne dry bulk transport demand.

Macro Economics: Uncertainty in Asia echoes around the world

2016 continues where 2015 ended, with all eyes on China. This is mainly because of uncertainty surrounding the development of the world’s second-largest economy. When the first day of the Shanghai Stock Exchange of 2016 closed prematurely, the trading results echoed around the world. It warned us that we are in for a rough ride in 2016.

The shipping market in 2015 and looking forward

2015 never really took off, even though the global economic activity looked stronger earlier in the year. The negative indicators seen at the end of 2014 were not overcome, and we saw a significantly lower level of growth for global GDP in 2015 than in the previous five years. This was primarily due to the struggling emerging markets and developing economies, led by changes in China’s economic focus.

December 2015

Not younger than 18 years, unless…

International dry bulk shipowners seem only to scrap ships aged 18 years or older. While a couple of Chinese owners have scrapped ships that were even younger than that...

Despite tempting newbuilding prices, contracting in dry bulk remains low

The current newbuilding prices for dry bulk ships has dropped so much, that they are now at the lowest level since 2003. As they have just passed the lows of 2012 heading downwards.

October 2015

Tanker Shipping: More optimism in sight for tankers in the winter season

2015 has been the year of the tanker. The fundamental improvements with slow supply-side growth for some years coupled with low oil prices from mid-2014 created strength on both sides.

Dry Bulk Shipping: Markets are slowly improving from a very low level as the demand side falters

The shipping market and underlying profitability can only improve if the fundamental conditions (supply and demand) also improve. Therefore transportation of larger volumes, longer sailing distances in general or a lower increase of dry-bulk fleet size is a prerequisite for better markets to arrive.

Container Shipping: Low demand on high-volume trades weighs down as supply rises

2015 will see a new record inflow of newbuilt tonnage. BIMCO forecasts close to 1.6 million TEU will be delivered by the end of 2015. This marks the highest inflow of new capacity ever.

Macro Economics: Demand supported by EU and US while China is creating uncertainty

All eyes are on China in recent months as most other non-Chinese economic indicators have been dwarfed by the government’s actions and markets’ reactions. It is all of the things that we don’t know about the Chinese economy that is worrying, not the fact that the economy is in a transition phase which inevitably will drive down GDP growth and change import and export patterns.

Interview with Chief Shipping Analyst at BIMCO, Peter Sand by Gibraltar Shipping

Peter talks to Gibraltar Shipping providing more insight on his role and views on current shipping trends.