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Industry-watchers like to use a number of metrics to gauge the health of shipping. The Baltic Dry Index is one; the world idle fleet another. Here we take a look at another indicator: the orderbook – or, more precisely, shipyards, which are in the frontline of any improvements or declines in industry health. Shipyards are in a precarious position. A strong orderbook should be good for business; more ships mean more work. But too many orders can tip the fleet bal­ance into a glut and, as we have seen for the past seven years at least, that can lead to a prolonged curtailment of orders. It is a vicious cycle that gets repeated again and again.


Europe will suffer if it introduces Brexit trade barriers, warns Fox

UK International Trade Secretary claims Europe could become less competitive in a global context

Europe United Kingdom Brexit

Brexit insignificant compared with China's global ambitions, says Sohmen-Pao

Shipyard overcapacity, the risks around new technology, abundant capital, and digital disruption among BW Group chairman's main concerns

LISW Political and Trade Dry Bulk

FFA players look to China for market growth

To induce more paper trading, Baltic Exchange plans to launch two per-tonne indices for Chinese grain imports 

China Dry Bulk LISW

UKSR steps up expansion efforts with a slew of new initiatives

Digitalisation of the vessel registration process, a Singapore-based surveyor, and greater customer choice all aimed at expanding size of UK-flag fleet

United Kingdom LISW Europe

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Mitigating risk in a mixed fuel future

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Don’t bank on sulphur cap deadline roll back, experts warn

Industry put on watch for huge headaches over availability of right grades in right ports

Environment LISW Regulation

Co-operation needed to make sulphur cap work

ExxonMobil sees supply disruptions no matter what option owners and operators take to cut sulphur emissions

Regulation LISW Europe

Latest From LISW

How to future-proof shipping

Attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities follow an economic battle between presidents Trump and Xi, climate change, populism and digitalisation: all seem to be pushing shipping towards greater collaboration

Political Risk and Trade Piracy and Security

From the News Desk: 2050 is the new 2020 — an overview of London International Shipping Week

London International Shipping Week was dominated by discussions about the acceleration in the climate change agenda and how the shipping industry must deal with the ever-increasing spotlight on sanctions

Lloyd's List The Shipping Podcast LISW

Men must work on shipping’s diversity push, BIMCO boss warns

BIMCO president Sadan Kaptanoglu and a panel of industry figures in London discussed how the industry can move from diversity talk to action

BIMCO Diversity

Shipping’s future lies beyond Brexit and beyond shipping

The agenda during London International Shipping Week made clear that the generational shift required to survive the disruptive headwinds blowing in would be less an adjustment, more a wholesale reinvention of business models

International LISW

The Lloyd’s List Podcast: LISW Day 5 – Our key takeaways from the week

The Lloyd’s List team have squeezed into their finest formal attire, popped a cork and gathered round the microphone to give you a prosecco-fuelled reflection on the blur that was London International Shipping Week. From zero carbon politics and 2050 targets to training and of course Brexit — we’re not short of an opinion or five on the biggest issues of the day. Consider this the digestif after the full fiver course tasting menu we’ve been serving you up all week in audio form.

LISW Lloyd's List The Shipping Podcast

The Lloyd’s List Podcast: How to change the shipping industry

As we near the final mile of the London International Shipping Week marathon, we join two of the race leaders to reflect on the major themes of the week’s debate, including: political backing for shipping, financing the fourth industrial revolution and the benefit of robust debate, along with a little hirsute finance leadership. Joining Lloyd’s List Editor Richard Meade from the LISW conference today are Harry Theochari, global head of transport at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and chair of Maritime UK, and Michael Parker, chairman of Citi’s shipping and logistics business.

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