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Market Outlooks

Outlook 2018: Prologue of a new era

The year 2018 will see an about-turn from looking back a decade to looking forward a decade; that transformation will separate the progressives from the regressives

Technology and Innovation Annual Outlook Shipbuilding

Dry bulk: Why the Year of the Dog can wag its tail

For the first time in several years, the demand and supply equilibrium should be restored

Dry Bulk Annual Outlook China

LNG: Sweet mix of supply-demand fundamentals

Spot rates set to soar on market tightness as tonne-miles increase

LNG Annual Outlook United States

LPG: Light at the end of tunnel

Freight improvement on the cards as demand and supply rebalance

LPG Annual Outlook The Intelligence

Crude tankers: Hope of bottoming out

Minor recovery expected despite risks from oversupply and extended Opec cut

Tankers and Gas Annual Outlook The Intelligence

Product tankers: Bulls are arriving… hopefully

Long-awaited recovery may be realised finally as stock drawdown continues and fleet growth slows

Products Annual Outlook Tankers and Gas

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Infographic: Outlook 2018 in numbers

Explore some of the numbers behind the analysis and forecasts for 2018, including infographics and interactive charts
Market Outlooks Annual Outlook


Container lines: Prospects brighten against backdrop of more consolidation

Merger and acquisition activity will continue to reshape the box trades in the coming year

Containers Annual Outlook Europe

Fleet overview: The year of recovery, finally?

Economic and trade growth could outstrip fleet expansion in more optimistic scenarios

Shipbuilding Annual Outlook The Intelligence


Container ports: Facing up to an age of maturity

Moderate growth will become the 'new normal', as China's influence on the port sector grows

Containers Annual Outlook Ports and Logistics

Shipbuilding: Stage set for yards' game of survival

Despite the market bottoming out, more yards face the death knell

Shipbuilding Annual Outlook Ship Recycling

Regulation: A turning point in the environment debate

Shipping needs to step up its efforts to join the fight against climate change

Regulation Annual Outlook The Intelligence

What to Watch

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Owners hope sunshine can win the day

Supply-demand balances are improving in box, dry bulk, oil and gas shipping sectors as shipping confidence index rises further

Dry Bulk Tankers and Gas

Five things to watch: LPG shipping

LPG shipping markets may gradually recover this year on US exports and slowing fleet growth

Asia Pacific North America

Five things to watch: Crude tankers

Most market players hold a dim view over earnings prospects this year even as rising scrapping volume could pave way to recovery

International Tankers and Gas

Five Things to Watch: Dry Bulk

Talks of consolidation persist amid regulatory and demand worries
Dry Bulk Consolidation

What to watch: LPG shipping

The five things you need to know about LPG shipping in coming months

Tankers and Gas

What to watch: LNG shipping

A mid-year review of LNG shipping markets: Are things really getting better for owners and how long will uncertainty prevail?
Middle East and Africa Asia Pacific
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Annual Outlook

Latest From Annual Outlook

Look into the crystal ball – and decide what to do next

With a broad market recovery and a brighter outlook, owners have a chance to avoid past mistakes in 2018

Containers Dry Bulk

Finance: The future might lie in the past

With leasing growing its footprint in shipping, the industry should learn from a past financial crisis

Finance Annual Outlook

The good, the bad and the ugly

2016 was a good year for regulatory decision making — the next few will demonstrate how industry reacts to it

The Intelligence Regulation

Marginal respite for owners as world fleet continues to grow

Most sectors are bottoming out but recovery remains fragile and uncertainties remain, with most forecasts betting on stronger economic performances by the US and India and other emerging economies

Dry Bulk Containers

Healthy fundamentals point to a stronger year ahead for LNG shipping

Continued delivery of new tonnage can't put off the bulls who seem to be gaining the upper hand with new demand and supply sources, and more spot trades

Tankers and Gas LNG

Product tankers to face another tough year

Fleet growth expected to slow but will remain substantial, keeping bulls at bay

Tankers and Gas The Intelligence
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