Shipping Market Outlook: Q3 2024 Forecast

Overview The Houthi attacks in the Bab Al Mandeb strait and the subsequent rerouting around the Capes has supported all the different shipping markets to varying degrees. The highly unpredictable nature of the Houthis creates a lot of uncertainty, as a sudden cessation of attacks carries a lot of downside risk for shipping, while a …

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Are 2024 Market Conditions Conducive to Consolidation in Chemical Tankers?

The chemical tanker-owning sector is no stranger to mergers and acquisitions with a history of notable activity over recent decades. But this year, transactions are continuing amid less obvious market conditions. Veson analysts explore the data and look at what is driving them. Introduction Acquisitions, consolidations, and mergers have been a distinct theme in the …

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LNG Newbuilding Values at Record High

The number of LNG newbuilding orders have more than doubled from the same period last year where 34 orders were placed, compared to 78 in the first five months of 2024, an increase of c.129%. Newbuilding prices for the Large LNG sector of 174,000 CBM are currently at an all-time high of USD 269 mil, …

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Tanker Orders Increase 32% Year-on-Year

Tanker ordering levels have increased during the first few months of 2024. So far this year, 104 Tankers have been added to the global orderbook, up from 79 for the same period last year, representing a year-on-year increase of c.32%. Values for Tanker newbuildings have also increased across all subsectors. LR2s of 115,000 DWT show …

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Container values strengthen after post-boom decline

Container values have risen significantly across almost all sectors and age categories since the start of the year. This follows an extended period of decline, where values fell steadily after reaching a record peak during the Container boom at the end of Q1 2022. However, since January 2024, values have taken a turn in the …

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Shipping Market Outlook: Q2 2024 Forecast

Overview There are several elements of unpredictability affecting our shipping market forecasts for the second quarter of 2024. The Chinese economy’s recovery currently teeters on instability, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the industry due to China’s pivotal role as a major demand driver. Elevated interest rates in Western economies heighten the risk of a …

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Bulker values increase by nearly 50% in one year

Dry bulk values increase as Capesize earnings reach the highest seasonal levels since 2010  Values increase  Values for Bulkers have been going from strength to strength this year, up across all ages and size categories, notably in the Capesize and Supramax sectors. In the Capesize sector, values for 20 YO vessels of 180,000 DWT have …

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Top 10 Shipowning Nations by Total Asset Value for 2024

Utilizing the VesselsValue database, we’ve reviewed the total asset values for vessels by beneficial owner country to determine this year’s top 10 shipowning nations. From Japan’s resolute leadership in the top position with a USD 206.3 billion fleet, to the emergence of Hong Kong at USD 44.7 billion, the asset values and ownership strategies have …

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Bulker Market Resilient After Lunar New Year

As stakeholders navigated numerous variables over the start to 2024, including global economics and shipping route disruptions, the Bulker market remains dynamic and responsive to evolving trends and challenges. Bulker earnings reached their zenith in December but have since experienced a customary seasonal dip. However, despite the current decline, earnings continue to stand at historically …

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