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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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Maritime Markets Outlook: Shipping’s half-year health check

The Lloyd’s List Half-year outlook 2021 takes the temperature of the core maritime trades and offers a view on the market dynamics during the coming six to 12 months. Joining editor Richard Meade to consider the core box, bulk and tanker trade trends are: markets editor Michelle Wiese Bockmann, containers editor James Baker and senior dry bulk reporter Nidaa Bakhsh

Mid-Year outlook Maritime Markets Outlook

Tankers: The only way is up

A vaccine-led recovery is under way for the crude and product tanker markets but the underlying fundamentals that determine its speed and magnitude have never been so uncertain

Tankers and Gas International

Enjoy the markets fizz, but beware the hangover

Our half-year health check on the state of the maritime markets finds shipowners in a better place than they anticipated 12 months ago. While tankers will have to wait for a meaningful vaccine-led recovery, box and bulk are booming, with prospects of earnings stretching well into 2022 for both sectors

Mid-Year outlook Containers

Finding new ways to stay afloat

Leasing has also expanded to fill part of the gap in ship lending, especially as lessors expanded their scope from newbuildings to cover secondhand transactions

Mid-Year outlook Finance

Decarbonisation regulations come to a head

After a long wait, shipping will finally learn how the European Commission believes it should be integrated into the EU’s Emissions Trading System. Meanwhile, governments at the IMO will engage in negotiations about a market-based measure, such as a carbon levy

Mid-Year outlook Regulation

Marine insurance outlook in three words — more expensive still

The current year has seen some major claims, not least Ever Given, but the secular trend towards better safety overall continues

Mid-Year outlook Insurance
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