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Tough Times in Shipping Fleet Demolition

 Strong demolition has been a prominent feature of the shipping industry this year, as challenging market conditions continue to drive a significant supply-side response in a number of sectors, says Clarksons Research.   Across the total shipping fleet, demolition could reach one of the highest levels on record in full year 2016, but which markets in particular have taken the biggest hits?   2016 has been an extremely difficult year for the shipping markets, with conditions in most sectors under pressure. Reflecting this, demolition has remained at elevated levels, and in January to November, 841 vessels of 41.3m dwt were scrapped.    Demolition so far this year has already exceeded last year’s total of 38.9m dwt, and whilst scrapping volumes have picked up in most sectors, some markets have played a more important role in this year’s tally than others.   Amidst continued depressed earnings, bulkcarriers have accounted for the lion’s share of tonnage scrapped this year.    Bulker scrapping set a new record in 1H 2016, and while demolition has slowed in recent months, 385 bulkers of 27.7m dwt have been scrapped in the year to date. Bulker demolition has been historically firm since 2011, but the pace of scrapping in most bulker sectors this year has still exceeded the 2011-15 average, with Capesize and Panamax recycling this year around 1.4 times this level.  


BIMCO: Containership Scrapping Heats Up

(Source: BIMCO)

  As the containershipping market continues to drift through a prolonged downturn premised on overcapacity a subdued world economy, BIMCO reports a glimmer of hope:  demolition of containerships almost tripled in the first five months of 2016 in comparison to the same period of 2015. This illustrates the efforts carried out by shipowners to counter the fundamental imbalance between supply and demand under poor container shipping market conditions


Cargo Ship Stranded on Welsh Coast to be Broken Up

MV Carrier: Photo credit Reederei Erwin Strahlmann

Cargo ship 'MV Carrier' stranded on North Wales coast declared a 'constructive total loss', to be scrapped The MV Carrier will be cut into manageable sections on the shore at Llanddulas, near Colwyn Bay, and sent to a scrap yard by road, according to a BBC news report. The owners confirmed contractors will start the demolition once they remove the ship's 24,000 litres of fuel. The work is expected to take six weeks.


New Record Year in Dry Bulk Demolition Underway - BIMCO

Demolition activity in 2015

  The monthly average for the first six months in 2015 is 3.3m DWT. In 2014 the first half year averaged at 1.33m DWT per month.   April 2015 saw 5.36 million DWT being retired from active service, which was the highest on record ever for a single month. The record came on the back of continued poor earnings and deteriorating market conditions in dry bulk shipping, evidenced by the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) staying below 600 from 2 February to 13 May.  


Dry Bulk Demolition in a Tough Place

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research says that the dry bulk markets are in a tough place at the moment and owners have responded by selling more, and younger, vessels for demolition. But just how tough have they been so far, and how tough might they get?   The first 3 months of 2016 are shaping up to be the biggest quarter on record for bulkcarrier demolition. In the first 9 weeks of the year, 120 bulkcarriers of 10.1m dwt have been reported sold, a pace that, if continued


Youngest Containership Sold for Scrap

landmark boxship scrap sale Image courtesy Vessel Values

Today in the containership industry a landmark deal has occurred with the youngest ever containership sent for demolition by Rickmers Marine Trust. The vessel was a seven year old panamax boxship (4250 TEU, 2009 Blt, Built China). She is valued just above scrap at USD 5.87m. In 2016 the vessel fell 62% in value. This year the average change in value in the containership sector is -26% to put this figure in perspective


Mammoet Gets Salvage Order

Mammoet Salvage of Schiedam, the Netherlands, agreed to terms for the removal of the wreck of the Liberian container ship, Safmarine Agulhas, which ran aground and broke in half in the South African port of East London. The operation will be carried out in South Africa in the coming months. Since starting its activities on January 1, 2006, Mammoet Salvage has completed ten salvage operations of varying sizes. Salvaging this wreck is the most extensive, specialized job yet.


$23.7m for Drydock Modernization

W. F. Magann Corp., Portsmouth, Va., is being awarded a $23,789,519 firm-fixed-price contract for dry dock modernization at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The work to be performed provides for an extension to Dry Dock #8 to service the new CVN Class hull with the bulbous bow.Demolition of existing structures and utilities will be required to support the project as well as providing utility trenches, mechanical and electrical work and other incidental related work


Prosperous Times For India's Ship Breakers

The continuing slump in global shipping is translating into brisk business for scrap yards at Gujarat's coastal town of Alang in India. Alang, which receives one out of every two ships destined for breaking, has retained the top slot amid stiff competition from Pakistan, Bangladesh and China, reports TNN. With freight rates dropping 98% in less than six months of the peak shipping period, Alang is expected to surpass the 435 ships demolished in 2011-12.


Capsize Scrapping: It's Complicated!

Graph: ALIBRA Shipping

 Last year saw an upswing in Capesize spot rates during the first seven months of the year, peaking in early August, rallying briefly in September and declining for the rest of the year, says ALIBRA Shipping  in its Weekly Market Report.   This would seem to correspond with scrapping activity – owners sold many capes for demolition during the first half of the year but stopped scrapping as rates rebounded – which ultimately killed the market again.   


Bimco Expects 'Die-hard Competition' to Continue in 2017

Photo: World Shipping Council

 2017 will see another year of die-hard competition, which now includes tankers, says International shipping association Bimco.  The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast the lowest level of global GDP growth since


Multipurpose Shipping Freight Rates Expected to Improve

Photo: Drewry Maritime Research

The multipurpose shipping market will see the first signs of recovery by the end of 2017, following in the steps of the dry bulk and container shipping markets, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


Multipurpose Shipping Freight Rates to Improve by End 2017

Graph:  Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 The multipurpose shipping market will see the first signs of recovery by the end of 2017, following in the steps of the dry bulk and container shipping markets, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.


2016 Review: Lots Of Records But Not All Welcome!

Table: Clarksons Research

 There have been plenty of record breaking facts and figures to report across 2016, unfortunately mostly of a gloomy nature, says Clarksons Research.   From a record low for the Baltic Dry Index in February to a post-1990 low for the ClarkSea Index in August


Japanese Shippers Jolted as Strong Yen Pummels Bottom Line

a 14,000 TEU K Line boxship (CREDIT: K Line)

Japan's big three shippers will report earnings on Monday as yen strength threatens to widen annual loss estimates, in a sector shaken by shrinking demand and over capacity that has already sunk a major carrier. Nippon Yusen KK (NYK), Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd (MOL) and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd


S. Africa Becoming Preferred Destination for Ship Arrests

MV Maverick Guardian Photo PrLab

 At the recent annual Maritime Law Conference (MLA) held at Arabella in the Western Cape, various prominent government and international speakers took to the floor to debate and discuss national global maritime phenomena including inter alia; the progress in handling international oil


Diana Containerships Sells MV Angeles for Scrap

Angeles (Photo: Diana Containerships)

Diana Containerships Inc. said that it has reached an agreement to sell the 2006-built Panamax vessel Angeles (formerly YM Los Angeles) for demolition, with delivery due to the buyer by mid-November 2016.   The vessel was sold through Diana’s separate wholly-owned subsidiary to an


Containership Scrapping Maintains Record Pace

File photo: IMO

Containership demolition has reached an all time high, providing a positive surprise for the struggling container shipping sector.   A record high level of demolition activity in the container shipping has continued its pace throughout 2016


Record Containership Demolitions has suppressed Fleet Growth - Drewry

Fig 1 Note Data up to 7 November 2016 only Source Drewry Maritime Research

A record year for containership demolitions in 2016 has helped suppress total fleet growth close to the rate for demand. To repeat that feat the scrapping record will need to be smashed again, and again. There are multiple ways to measure the vitality of the container industry


Vessel Oversupply to Persist in the VLGC Shipping Sector

Graph: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 High scheduled deliveries and low demolition prospects will drive unwanted fleet growth of very large gas carriers (VLGC) in 2017 putting additional pressure on freight rates, according to the latest edition of the LPG Forecaster, published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.  


Ship Breaking Worker Killed in the Yard

 Only in 2016, at least 19 shipbreaking workers were killed and another 11 severely injured in the Bangladesh shipbreaking yard. More than 600 German-owned ships have been sold for scrap in SouthEast Asia since 2008 due to insolvencies and financial problems claims NGO Shipbreaking Platform.


The Shipping Markets In 2016

Graph: Clyde & Co

 In 2016, market conditions in most shipping sectors have been highly challenging, says a report by Clyde & Co, global law firm.   The ClarkSea Index, an average of earnings for the main commercial vessel types, reached a record monthly low in August


Santa’s Sleigh Dreaming Of A Bright Christmas

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the shipping world, ‘Santa’s Sleigh’ is the big containership fleet, which carries the goods from manufacturers in Asia to the retailers in Europe and North America in good time for consumers to prepare for the holiday season, says Clarksons Research.  


Fleet Growth Squeezes Crude Oil Tanker Market

© Evren Kalinbacak / Adobe Stock

From January 2014 - October 2016 the crude oil tanker segment composing of VLCC, suexmax and aframax ships, had a net-fleet growth of 7.3 percent, which is equal to 24.3 million (m) DWT. The VLCC segment, with 20.7m DWT or a net fleet growth rate of 11 percent took the lion’s share


BIMCO: What Shipping Market can Expect for 2017

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The shipping market in 2016 and looking forward The shipping industry has its work cut out going forward in 2017 as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast the lowest level of global GDP growth since 2009. 2017 will see another year of die-hard competition, which now includes tankers






 
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