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Fatal occupation

The European Maritime Safety Administration overview of marine casualties is a quantitative analysis of data provided by EU Accident and Investigation bodies. 

The Power List 2018: Tanker & Dry Bulk

View the top 10 lists for tanker and dry bulk


Fleet overview

The global merchant fleet has shown significant growth over the past decade, with the amount of newbuilding tonnage far outstripping recycled volume. At the end of 2018, the world’s fleet will consist of 126,260 vessels, totalling 2.1bn dwt, according to a Lloyd’s List Intelligence forecast.

FSRUs investment heatmap

Demand for floating storage and regasification units is booming amid rapid expansion of global liquefied natural gas trades. With LNG price expected to remain competitive due to rising exports from Australia and the US, many emerging economies are opting for the quicker, cheaper floating solutions to import gas compared with conventional onshore facilities.

Digital Disruption

We asked @LloydsList twitter followers how ready they were for the new wave of maritime digitalisation. Not surprisingly they thought young people were best prepared for a digital change – but we reckon the ‘old timers’ can be pretty nifty too. Check out the response on blockchain technology. 

Twitter speaks out on US shipping

From tax cuts to closed borders, President Trump’s first 100 days in office have been anything but dull. We asked @LloydsList Twitter followers what they thought of Trump's effect on US maritime prospects. Here's what they said. 

Flag state 2016 / 2017: Top 10 Ship registers

Could this be a changing of the guard? International Registries Inc would like to think so. In March the Marshall Islands vaulted arch rival Liberia to become the world's second-largest ship register by deadweight tonnage. According to LLI total deadweight on the Marshall Islands flag is now 231,853,515 dwt with 3,796 vessels. Panama remains the biggest flag by some way, with 352,670,914 dwt and 9,451 vessels. Liberia slipped to third place with 225,564,394 dwt and 4,050 vessels.

Class society report

Classification by numbers. A data driven look at class performance and development. The shipping industry’s self-appointed safety watchdogs have had to rationalise and diversify in the face of relentless austerity. With increasing competition, and ever tighter margins, who will emerge as the industry leader of years to come? 

Dynamics of the global orderbook

In dry, wet bulk and box shipping sectors, the global orderbook has been shrinking this year. This is because of limited newbuilding orders and delayed deliveries. South Korean yards have increased market share by taking more orders so far this year, while Chinese yards have retreated.

Shipping meets the environment

The next two years will see shipowners and regulators put under intense scrutiny, as a series of new requirements kicks in during one of the industry's most heavily regulated periods.

Twitter speaks out

A busy events calendar saw the great and the good of the global maritime industry flock to Singapore this April. We asked @LloydsList Twitter followers what they thought of some of the biggest issues affecting Asia's maritime industry. Here's what they said.

Tanker spills: A journey through time

March 26, 2017 will mark the 50-year anniversary of the Torrey Canyon disaster off the southwest coast of England. It remains the UK’s biggest ever oil spill, with an estimated 94m–164m litres of crude oil lost. 


How the global fleet is developing in 2015-2017

Lloyd’s List Intelligence updates its fleet capacity forecast regularly, and the latest findings show growth in capacity will pick up next year in most sectors. This is in general not good news for owners, although part of the negative impact could be absorbed by an uptick in demand.

Lloyd’s List companies: Reviewing US-listed players’ performances

Everything comes down to the bottom line. But how do the shipping companies reach those numbers? Lloyd’s List Companies, our information tool, allows you to access 21 leading US-listed players’ news, analysis, and financial data based on public disclosures and our estimates. Our readers can easily benchmark operating performances in this one-stop shop.

Mid year outlook: Fleet update

Global fleets of the main types of merchant vessels are expected to continue moderate expansion towards year-end. Dry bulk feet is to expand by 3.5% in carrying capacity from early June to end-December; capacity of crude carriers is also set to increase by 3.5%, pure product carriers by 5.8%, LPG carriers by 7.8%, LNG carriers by 4.2%, and containerships by 4.3%.

Global scrapping to grow

Scrapping activity has intensified to one of the highest levels ever noted. Freight rates have continued to remain sluggish for a prolonged period, the distressed market having already resulted in younger vessels being scrapped in 2015. Scrapping has remained high in the Indian Subcontinent region — Chittagong, Gadani Beach and Alang — as well as at Chinese yards, while demolition rates have remained at an all-time low.

Tankers the power list

Lloyd’s List’s inaugural top 10 list of leading tanker and dry bulk personalities who are shaping the industry.

Crimea calling: Sizing up the impact of sanctions

An assessment of port call information using Lloyd’s List Intelligence data since international trade and financial sanctions were first introduced against Russia in March 2014 in response to the annexation of Crimea.

Year-end projections: Crude and gas tankers

In our inaugural forecasting survey, 2016 average spot TCE earnings are correcting sharply downwards in all tanker segments except for liquefied natural gas shipping. Few would doubt tanker markets have entered the down cycle this year. The bull runs are indeed over, and it will take some time for tankers to regain the status as a star sector.

Shipbuilding outlook

Fewer ships will be ordered this year than at any point since the 1970s, according to Lloyd’s List Intelligence.

Some 1,400 vessels will be ordered, 1,000 fewer than in 2009. Measured in dwt, forecasted ordering this year is the lowest this millennium.

The view from Greece

Close to one third of the Greek-owned fleet’s trading activities are focused on Asia. But the fleet is very well dispersed around the globe.

Lloyds List Regulatory Timeline

Over the coming decades shipping will be subject to an array of new legislation, the majority of which is related to environmental issues, but certainly not all. This dynamic regulatory landscape will impact different sectors in different ways, leading to opportunities for those that are prepared and huge risks for those that are not.


The world fleet 2015

A snapshot of regional ownership

Flag state 2015: Top 10 ship registers

With 330m dwt on its books, Panama remains the most popular register with a lead of 126m dwt over second placed Liberia at 204m dwt. The gap between Liberia and top three register Marshall Islands, which clocks in at 196m dwt, is a mere 8m dwt with the latter enjoying a more comfortable 38m dwt lead over fourth placed Hong Kong.

Class performance 2015

A look at class changes between 2014 and 2015