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Container Shipping - High level of business adjustments ongoing as the industry intensifies the hunt for profitability

17 June 2014

During the past eighteen months, a couple of trends seem clear in the freight market for container shipping. Primarily, the demand for imported containerised goods in Europe and US is going up, reflecting the clearly improved economic development. Secondly, the vessels become larger and larger as the quest to lower unit costs is high on the agenda everywhere. Thirdly, the major freight rate volatility is mostly on European-bound containers.

From Beijing 2008 to London 2012 – Reflections on four extra-ordinairy years in the shipping industry and looking beyond

05 September 2012

All stakeholders in shipping realize that the business is cyclical, and the most important challenge is to predict the ups and downs and plan accordingly.  But few had in their wildest fantasies predicted the financial crisis that hit the world four years ago, and the significant drop in cargo volumes and the major impact this had on all shipping markets. 

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.