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Demolition of containerships almost tripled in the first 5 months of the year 2016 in comparison to the same period of last year.
In 2016 the dry bulk shipping sector experienced some of the worst market conditions in history. In response, BIMCO produced a unique analysis model, named "Road to Recovery" to highlight actions needed for the struggling shipping markets to recover - and to track their progress.
Global demolition activity rose in the first nine months of 2016 in comparison to the same period of 2015, by 16%. Showcasing shipping industry action, to counter the imbalance between supply and demand in the market.
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.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) celebrated its 100 years by issuing a new consolidated text of the Maritime Labour Convention, as amended (MLC,2006) which includes the 2014 and 2016 amendments.
Iron ore provides 30% of the demand for the dry bulk market and, during 2016, its related tonne-mile demand went up by 6%. This was the key factor behind the overall demand side growth of 2.2%.
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%.
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.