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A premium of 25% on new-building prices is commercially viable for ECO ships

11 September 2012

We have been heard a lot of debate and speculation regarding the commercial viability and attractiveness of ECO ships and fears of a two tier market reflecting ship energy efficiency. As a natural consequence of the obvious uncertainties and in an effort to address these, BIMCO has undertaken a review, the result of which is outlined below.

Tanker Shipping - Low demand growth and an ever increasing fleet impact the market conditions negatively

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.

Dry Bulk Shipping - The haunted dry bulk sector awaits positive demand impact from China and is beaten by supply growth in record territory.

13 June 2012

The dry bulk market is under immense pressure, as the retreating weight of China as the driver of the market is extensively felt. At a time when supply growth simply breaks new mind-blowing delivery records, the demand situation is pitching in a bit too. Currently, there are reports of Chinese customers in the steel industry that are refusing to honour their contract as prices drop, and stock piles are fuller than normal at a time when steel mills take their foot off the throttle following a red-hot production period in recent months.

Tanker Shipping - Modest demand growth and continued oversupply sets the scene

13 December 2011

Overall, it’s noticeable that record numbers of fixtures and demand for tonnage only produce a short-lived spike at rather low altitudes – making little impact on stretched owners’ financial accounts. Ship owners without a solid cash balance and a strong, or at least sustainable, cash flow will find it increasing difficult to continue in this business at the present level and volatility.