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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

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International Finance Ship operations

Latest From Market Outlooks

2021: Europe’s year for shipping’s regulations

The International Maritime Organization will likely finalise its short-term GHG emissions measure in 2021; but it is the European Commission that will step forward with a market-based measure proposal that could alter maritime regulations as we know them

IMO Environment

Low fleet growth lifts dry bulk spirits

Dry bulk markets should be entering a period of higher rates, given a downcycle that spanned four years from 2016; but uncertainty about the pace of the recovery post-pandemic is still causing some concern

International Dry Bulk

Can a bipolar tanker market find equilibrium in 2021?

The old shipping adage that cargo is king applies more than ever for 2021. A rising east-west divide, post-Trump geopolitical policies, and post-pandemic consumer behaviour are recasting tanker market dynamics over the next 12 months

International Annual Outlook

Fleet scarcity to boost 2021 LPG freight rates

Strong LPG fundamentals are expected to present the segment with healthy demand in the coming year, while tight fleet supply, driven by a heavy drydocking maintenance schedule for older vessels, will keep freight rates buoyant

Tankers and Gas Annual Outlook

Capacity management will be box shipping's new normal

Tight cost controls and strict capacity management got container lines through the crisis of 2020. Yet while the outlook for 2021 still remains clouded by the ongoing pandemic, the lessons learned this year will put lines in a strong position to manage the uncertainties of next year

International Containers

LNG industry finds light in the dark

Next year will see fewer cargo cancellations as existing LNG plants ramp up output, which will help boost LNG fleet utilisation, observers say

International Tankers and Gas
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