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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


Donjon Welcomes New Tug, Caitlin Ann

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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


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


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 Fleet Grows as Supply Surges -BIMCO

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As the dry bulk fleet grew by 2.6 percent year on year in January 2017 it exceeded 800 million DWT. This was due to dry bulk demolition being half of what is was in January 2016, while total dry bulk deliveries reached its highest level since January 2013. In February 2017, fleet growth reached 2.8 percent. If the fleet growth remains above 2 percent, the dry bulk shipping industry cannot rely on global demand to cure the oversupply caused by this fundamental imbalance in the market


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


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


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.   Dry cargo demand is weak but strengthening with multipurpose shipping market share expected to grow at just under 2% per year to 2020


‘Vintage’ Converted VLOCs Still Profitable -BIMCO

(Image: BIMCO, Clarksons)

With an average age of 23.8 years, the fleet of very large ore carriers (VLOC) converted from very large crude carriers (VLCC) is vintage compared to the average age of 5.7 years for non-converted ore carriers above 200,000 DWT, according to BIMCO.  


Brazil Criticized for Dumping Toxic Ships in South Asia

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 NGOs and trade unions in Brazil have criticized the state-run Petrobras’ end-of-life fleet management by dumping toxic ships on South Asian beaches.   The Brazilian Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores em Transportes Aquaviários e Aéreos


Shipping Confidence Climbs to Three-year High

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Shipping confidence reached its equal highest rating in the past three years, according to the latest Shipping Confidence Survey for the three months to end-May 2017 from international accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens.  


Dry Bulk, Tanker Newbuilds on the Rise -BIMCO

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Tanker and dry bulk vessel newbuild contracts have been signed at an increasing pace so far in 2017, with newbuild activity for the first half of 2017 surpassing the same period last year by 20 percent. According to BIMCO, 5.9 million DWT was contracted in May 2017 and 3


Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates to Hold Steady

File image of a typical VLCC underway (Credit: EuroNav)

25 MidEast cargoes still to be fixed; VLCC rates fall to 4-month low.   Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs), which hit a four-month low on Thursday, are likely to hold around current levels or nudge higher as charterers fix the final charters in February's loading


97 German Ships Beached in South Asia in 2016

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

It may seem a big surprise for a country whose industry is proud of green technology and engineering solutions, but Germany is responsible for the worst shipbreaking practices among all shipping nations when one compares the size of its fleet to the number of ships broken irresponsibly


Containership Deliveries: Turning A Corner?

Graph: Clarkson Research Services

 Containership deliveries changed course in 2016, toppling from the record level of 1.7m TEU in 2015 to reach just 0.9m TEU, having previously increased each year between 2011 and 2015, says a report from Clarkson Research Services.  


The World's First Offshore Wind Farm is Retiring

Photo: DONG Energy A/S

 DONG Energy has decided to retire “Vindeby”, the world’s first offshore wind farm, which 25 years ago marked the birth of the offshore wind industry. Today, offshore wind is a recognised and proven renewable energy technology


Case Study: 18-day Exhaust Gas Scrubber Install

Rigging the scrubber section into the ship. (Photo: Goltens)

Goltens was contracted by a large cruise vessel owner to undertake the installation of two exhaust gas scrubbers on one of its ships to comply with sulfur emissions regulations. The vessel is powered by four GMT/Sulzer 16ZAV40S and two GMT/Sulzer 12ZAV40S diesel electric generating sets.


Silver Lining for the Multipurpose Shipping Market

Image: Drewry Shipping Consultants Limited

 Following another poor year for multipurpose shipping with further erosion of rates making it the worst market in over 10 years, signs of recovery are now evident with momentum expected to build over the next few years, according to the latest Multipurpose Shipping Market Annual Review and


Rickmer's Group Worth $740 Million

Rickmers Group fleet value, from March 21, 2016 (Source: VesselsValue)

Following last month’s news that Singapore Based Rickmers Maritime Trust is to be wound up, Rickmers Holding AG released a statement on April 19 reporting that an understanding had been reached regarding restructuring of the Rickmers Group.  


Container Shipping: New Networks in Focus

File photo: Hapag-Lloyd

Container shipping: new networks come into focus as the supply side holds the key to improvements   Demand The most recent available data show that demand for the container shipping grew by 2.7 percent in 2016. With the supply side growing by only 1


Demolition Activity Weakens as BDI Moves Higher

Graph: BIMCO

 After the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) had its seasonal weakness around the Chinese New Year in early February, stronger-than-expected demand came from across the board and lifted freight rates, says BIMCO market analysis of Dry Cargo. 


Crude Oil Tanker Demolition Bucking the Trend -BIMCO

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 Four very large crude carriers (VLCC) have been sold for demolition since October 2016, matching the number of VLCCs sold for demolition in the preceding two years, according to BIMCO.   Most recently the 1999-built double-hull VLCC with the framing name Good News returned $15


Greece Tops World's Worst Shipping Nation

Image: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 NGO Shipbreaking Platform Annual Report 2016 listed Greece as number one in World's Worst Shipping Nation followed by China.   It may be surprising for a country whose industry is proud of green technology and engineering solutions






 
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