China Shipping Development Company Limited (CSDC) achieved 34.95% higher profit for 2015 totaling in RMB417 million ($64.3 million) when compared to figures from 2014, mostly due to a very strong tanker market.
The revenue was stable at RMB12.21bn in 2015 compared to RMB12.27bn in 2014 for CSDC, the tanker and bulker unit of China Shipping Group
“In 2015, the oil shipping market was better than in 2014 in general. Affected by beneficial afactors such as the higher shipping prices, significant decrease in fuel prices and gradual realisation of results from various innovative measures of the company, oil shipping business
obtained a good result,” CSDC stated.
The Shanghai-and Hong Kong-listed company added that lower fuel cost was the “highlight” of its cost controlling efforts. “In 2015, the company incurred fuel costs of RMB2.74bn, representing a decrease of 40% year-on-year”.
As newbuilding delivery gains momentum the company anticipates the oil transport market in 2016 to be weaker than that in 2015.
“In respect to dry bulk market, in 2016 the global dry bulk shipping demand growth will be about 0.6% whilst the global capacity is expected to grow 2.8%, well below the growth in demand; our destocking efforts will further increase, iron ore, coal demand will shrink further. To this end, in 2016 domestic and international dry bulk shipping market will remain at low level,” the company added.
In 2016, CSDC expects to add 5 new oil tankers
and dry bulk vessels with a total tonnage of 150,000 deadweight tonnes of shipping capacity, and 3 new LNG vessels with a total shipping capacity of 525,000 cubic meters.