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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Capesize sales equal record highs

Greek buyers have been the most active in this sector, accounting for c.29% of sales reported this year Although overall Bulker sales have been more moderate so far this year, the volume of Capesize sales has been moving in the opposite direction to the rest of the sector with sales up there next to the …

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The Vicious Cycle

The shipping markets are classically cyclical, but with extreme volatility. In fact, bulkers and tankers probably have the highest volatility of any major hard asset. The reason for this volatility is due to two main elements: the behaviour of shipowners and investors, and the relatively long build times and working lives of vessels. Effectively, what …

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