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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

Latest From Market Outlooks

Banks make a cautious comeback in ship finance

Ted Petropoulos reviews the state of global ship finance and finds that a long-awaited recovery in bank lending to the industry in 2021 is already showing signs of stalling in 2022

Finance Market Insight

LPG: Looking to China for demand boost

Globally, the LPG trade is expected to rise by 3.9% in 2022 to 116.9m tonnes

International Tankers and Gas

Russia adds compound interest to shipping’s challenges

The accumulation of disruption and supply chain shocks are transforming global trade as governments and businesses look to exchange efficiency for security

Mid-Year outlook Market Outlooks

Tankers: Demand destruction threatens market turnaround

Not every vessel size will benefit from a significant recalibration of oil and refined product trades at a time of extreme geopolitical and global economic uncertainty

International Tankers and Gas

Marine insurance: More stable P&I rates, more expensive H&M

The International Group is about to shrink from 13 members to 12, with mixed predictions on the impact on shipowners; but can another renewal round characterised by stiff rate hikes be avoided?

Insurance Mid-Year outlook

Iran and Venezuela show Russia a sanctions-skirting template

Sanctions on Russia amid self-sanctioning by Western oil traders have already upended oil markets; incoming bans on crude and refined products cargoes, shipping and marine insurance and reinsurance will further disrupt global tanker trade flows

Mid-Year outlook Market Outlooks
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