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
Supply-demand balances are improving in box, dry bulk, oil and gas shipping sectors as shipping confidence index rises further
US exports and Chinese imports are driving up tonne-mile demand, boosting earnings outlook despite high fleet growth
LPG shipping markets may gradually recover this year on US exports and slowing fleet growth
Market sentiment in the product tanker spectrum has been firming even as a sustainable earnings recovery still seems months away
Environmental regulation is the long-term trend, but shipping must first contend with a wide-reaching transparency regulation coming soon
Technology and industry consolidation are making the marine insurance sector stir up historically high levels of interest
Recovery ground remains shaky on potential regulatory changes and continued newbuilding orders
Forecast earnings in Lloyd's List survey rise as supply-demand balance continues to improve
Most market players hold a dim view over earnings prospects this year even as rising scrapping volume could pave way to recovery
Several cases before the London courts are tied up with the actions of some of the world’s more controversial regimes
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