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Spring Outlook 2018

In our Spring Outlook market series, we find most participants are taking a glass half-full approach. Read the previous outlook 2018 series here


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 Containers

Five things to watch: LNG shipping

US exports and Chinese imports are driving up tonne-mile demand, boosting earnings outlook despite high fleet growth

International Tankers and Gas Arctic shipping

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 China

Five things to watch: Product tankers

Market sentiment in the product tanker spectrum has been firming even as a sustainable earnings recovery still seems months away

International Tankers and Gas Political Risk and Trade

Five things to watch: Regulation

Environmental regulation is the long-term trend, but shipping must first contend with a wide-reaching transparency regulation coming soon

International Regulation Environment

Five things to watch: Marine insurance

Technology and industry consolidation are making the marine insurance sector stir up historically high levels of interest

International Insurance Ship operations

Five Things to Watch: Containers

Recovery ground remains shaky on potential regulatory changes and continued newbuilding orders

Asia Pacific Europe North America

Five things to watch: Dry bulk shipping

Forecast earnings in Lloyd's List survey rise as supply-demand balance continues to improve

China Dry Bulk Capes

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 VLCC

Five things to watch: Law

Several cases before the London courts are tied up with the actions of some of the world’s more controversial regimes

International Law Ship operations

Five things to watch: Ship finance

Say goodbye to your banker next door. Say hello to a global array of new lending products

International Finance Ship operations

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The Lloyd’s List Podcast: Five key forecasts for shipping

Lloyd’s List’s latest quarterly outlook for shipping examines the trends across all shipping sectors, so for this week’s edition of the podcast the editorial team have gathered around the microphone to offer their view of what happens next in containers, tankers, dry bulk, the orderbook and regulation

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Have we reached peak uncertainty?

Lloyd’s List’s latest shipping health check remains largely unchanged from the last quarter, but the uncertainty that lies beyond requires strategic thinking, not procrastination. Shipping may have reached peak uncertainty, but we could now be approaching peak everything

Market Outlooks Political Risk and Trade

Tankers: Russia to the rescue for ‘putrid’ market

Crude, product and fuel oil seaborne trades are being recalibrated, as higher insurance costs and sanctions on Russia’s oil and gas sector lift spot rates for smaller tankers

Tankers and Gas Market Outlooks

LNG: Generational energy crisis ensnares fleet

Disruption from the global pandemic, followed by geopolitical turmoil that imperils European energy security, is driving record volatility across all oil and gas sectors

International Market Outlooks

LPG: Shipping on rough seas

With higher LPG prices expected to soften cargo demand and a hefty vessel orderbook due for delivery, earnings of vessels — especially the large-sized tonnage — are under pressure

Tankers and Gas Political Risk and Trade

Offshore wind: Picking up speed

The Russia-Ukraine crisis has sparked an acceleration in project development in Europe as the continent seeks to become energy independent; floating offshore wind is also gaining momentum

Offshore Market Outlooks
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