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Tanker Shipping

27 October 2009

Looking for a seasonal pick up while suffering unsustainable rates. Demand: According to figures from the International Energy Agency, global oil demand peaked in 2007 and is forecast to have bottomed out in the second quarter of 2009.

Container Shipping - Markets are over the hill of the rebound

10 December 2010

The last two years have been extreme for the container shipping industry. When the crisis started in 2008, the industry first saw volumes contract sharply and subsequently rates dropped like a stone as liner companies were fiercely fighting for market shares at full speed – so to speak.

Need for rethinking about when to sail around the Cape of Good Hope?

22 April 2010

US President Obama has issued an Executive Order with the heading “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Conflict in Somalia”, which could have an impact on the possibility for paying ransom under some circumstances. The situation is not clear and perhaps some ship owners will consider how to address this situation before transiting the Gulf of Aden and the Somali Basin. On that background, we hereby include an updated version of our calculations regarding the cost part of the decision to go round the Cape of the Good Hope.

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.

Container Shipping - Slow demand and the absence of resumed idling of vessels has proved to be a heavy burden in the battle for rate restoration

23 June 2011

In the past three months, time charter rates have hovered around the same levels, providing owners with a steady market despite the downward shift in spot freight rates. Summer demand should determine the next turning point, with initial indicators suggesting weaker East/West volumes, but stronger North/South trade. Moreover, increased flows on the Middle East and intra-Asia trades should drive rates for small containerships higher, as idle capacity is now removed and orderbook in this segment is low.