The latest Container Shipping Forecaster from Maritime Strategies International reports that almost two months into 2017, the liner sector is finding itself in positive territory. Each of the industry’s drivers – demand, supply and earnings – have started the year in healthy shape and MSI expects the sector to move into the next quarter with a reinforcement of this encouraging trend. Read more . . .
Month: February 2017
OPEC Cuts Hurt VLCC and Suezmax Markets
In its latest Tanker Freight Forecaster MSI notes that the VLCC and Suezmax markets moved unequivocally downwards in January, with spot rates sliding rapidly from a seasonally strong December. Pressure has persisted in these sectors in February leaving the crude tanker spot market under increasing strain. Read more . . .
Port Stocks and Politics to Determine Dry Bulk Fortunes
Although the bulk carrier markets began 2017 in reasonably robust form, Maritime Strategies International has forecast weak forward prospects for the dry bulk sector due to a combination of volatile trade conditions and political policy. Read more . . .
Car carriers add capacity as trade outlook worsens
With seaborne volumes into the US market expected to slow due to new auto plants in the US and Mexico that ship overland, the push to boost US manufacturing and the potential for tariffs on imported goods threatens overseas imports more. MSI’s Niklas Carlen gives Tradewinds his opinion on the car carrier market. Read more . . .
CAREERS: MSI is looking for Key Account Managers
Maritime Strategies International (MSI) Ltd is a small, dynamic and highly successful shipping consultancy business. We are looking for highly motivated individuals with proven experience in key account management, strategic marketing or business development within the financial services and/or shipping industry. Read more . . .
The case of the phantom orderbook and other shipyard conundrums
The shipyard capacity conundrum is one which is facing all ship sectors and had multiple facets. How accurate is the orderbook? What will future shipbuilding look like? when will it make sense to order newbuildings and can yards survive until then? Read more . . .