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Chinese, Greek Ship Owners Accounted for 40% of Global Recycling

Graph: Clarkson Research

 According to Clarkson Research Services, the record pace of fleet growth over the last decade and weakening global demand outlook has left many of the major shipping segments facing severe oversupply.    Demolition of older ships is one way of easing overcapacity and recycling volumes have been strong in recent years. The top ten owner countries typically account for the majority of recycling with Chinese and Greek owners leading the way.   Last year a total of 860 ships of a combined 23m GT were reported sold for demolition. This is equivalent to 2% of the start year fleet. During the shipping market boom demolition activity was limited as owners capitalised on the strong earnings environment.    However, the onset of the global recession and strong supply side growth saw earnings weaken and scrap levels jumped to a record 37m GT in 2012.    While recycling has since slowed, volumes in 2014 and 2015 were around 25% above the average 18.1m GT reported recycled between 2005 and 2013. This is despite the recent fall in scrap steel prices, down by 40% since the start of 2015, driven by China’s exports of cheap steel billets to the Indian Sub-Continent.   The top 10 owner countries by demolition volume each year account for roughly 75% of tonnage recycled over the last decade. Demolition is highly consolidated within the top 10.   


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


GLDD Q2 2013 Results: Demolition Segment Strategy for Review

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of commercial and industrial demolition and remediation services, report financial results for the 3 and 6 months ended June 30, 2013. Jonathan Berger, Chief Executive Officer stated, “For the three months ended June 30, 2013, Great Lakes reported Revenue of $152.9 million, a Net Loss of $25.2 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $11.0 million


Donjon Welcomes New Tug, Caitlin Ann

TugCaitlinAnn_web.jpg

On August 1, 2011, Donjon added the 2400-HP-class tug Caitlin Ann to its growing fleet to support the company’s dredging, marine salvage, bulk material transportation and marine demolition services. The addition of the Caitlin Ann increases the Donjon towboat fleet to 14 total vessels ranging from 1200 to 7000 horsepower.  In addition, Donjon also owns and operates five derrick barges with a maximum capacity of 1,000 tons, more than 40 deck and hopper barges


Shipping’s Medical Drama Unfolds ... again

Source: Clarksons

 As the recycling market has started 2016 with a bang, with a huge volume of tonnage heading to demolition facilities, many of the key shipping markets continue to be in a state of very ill health, and owners seem to be rushing to the emergency room, reports Clarksons Research.   But with such a youthful global fleet on the water, how might this next episode of shipping’s medical drama play out?  


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.  


Tanker Scrappings Up As Second Quarter Demolitions Rise

Tanker scrapping reportedly shot up while the disposal of bulk carriers diminished as the total deadweight tonnage of ships sold for demolition rose by five percent in the second quarter of this year from the first quarter.


If in Doubt, Ask the Doctor: Is it Time to Buy?

Capt. Kaizad Doctor, PhD,

Trends in asset prices are generally important for vessel owners, banks who lend against them as well as commercial interests who make opportunistic acquisitions in times of depressed asset values. These trends however are for generic vessel types which are generalized from realized data consisting of actual sale and purchase (S&P) activity. We choose three representative vessel size categories from the dry and wet markets respectively and one size category from the Liquefied Petroleum Gas


Tanker Rates Expected To Rise In Year's First Half

Large tanker rates will increase during the first half of 2000 but freight prices will ease in the second period as new VLCCs are delivered, Norwegian shipbroker P.F. Bassoe A/S & Co. said. Bassoe predicts that tanker demand will increase by 2.6 percent over 2000 on the basis that OPEC output restraints would remain in place until March 2000 and a gradual production increase will follow. Increased crude exports would be driven by rising Asian demand and a slight increase in U.S


Captain Convicted of Dumping Asbestos

A Federal Jury found Ronald Cook, a Canadian citizen, guilty of illegally dumping trash bags full of asbestos into the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere. He had been hired to lead a crew performing demolition on an old ferry boat, the Muskegan Clipper, as it sailed from San Diego, California, through the Panama Canal to Mobile, Alabama. The ship was eventually to be transformed into a riverboat gambling casino. In order to save time and costs, the crew bagged up the demolition debris


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


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


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.  


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


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


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


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


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


Ship Breaking Activity Grows Slowly but Steadily -BIMCO

Source: BIMCO, Clarksons

Global ship demolition activity rose by 16 percent in the first nine months of 2016 in comparison to the same period of 2015, showcasing shipping industry action to counter the imbalance between supply and demand in the market, according to BIMCO.  


World Fleet Growth: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 Clarksons Research says that there has been a rapid expansion in the world fleet over the last decade. However, the pace of growth has slowed dramatically in recent years.    Generally more limited contracting and subsequently significantly lower delivery volumes combined with


Panamax Containerships: Is the Battle Now Lost?

Graph: Clarksons Research

 In the containership market today, Panamax sector, the charter rates rest at rock-bottom rates and the fleet is in steady and perhaps terminal decline, with scrapping at record levels. Is the battle now lost? A report by Clarksons Research.  


Can Shipping Keep Its Big Break Going?

Graph: Clarksons Research

In today’s conditions, the shipping industry needs supply-side re-positioning to help the markets back to improved health, and increased recycling in recent years has been a clear part of this, says Clarksons Research.   However, there’s still some way to go to better times


Diamond Wire Saw Cuts 200 Piles in Wharf Demolition

Photo: Mirage Machines

Cutting through piles made from concrete and steel and spending a long time under water isn’t a job for the faint hearted. So what kind of ‘rough diamond’ would be up to such a tough job?     In a recent demolition project in Australia


Hanjin-chartered Ships Sold, More on Block

File Image: A Hanjin boxship underway (Credit: Hanjin)

Three bulk carriers sold charter-free at about market rates. Two Hanjin container ships also up for sale. Three ships chartered to Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd have been sold and two more vessels are up for sale, ship brokers said on Wednesday, kicking off an asset sale sparked by the failure of the


2016 VLCC Earnings Will Surpass 2014 -BIMCO

Graph source: BIMCO

 Lower growth rates for refinery throughput and drawdowns on swollen oil stocks has impacted the seaborne tanker market negatively. BIMCO expected this to happen.   BIMCO has reduced its forecast for crude oil tanker demolition in 2016: from 5 million DWT to 3 million DWT






 
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