Drewry Says Scrapping Younger Containerships Will Help Rebalance Supply and Demand

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - Drewry has urged containership owners planning to scrap older vessels this year to “get a move on”. The number of vessels scrapped last year fell to an eight-year low, adding to the overcapacity issues blighting the liner industry and the maritime consultant said: “It would certainly help the supply-demand balance if more at the top end of … [Read more...]

Containership Scrapping Gathers Pace Ahead of IMO 2020

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - In the last 30 days, 23 container vessels have been sold for scrap – nearly half the number sent to breakers’ yards in the past year. According to data supplied by shipbroker Braemar ACM, so far this year 52 containerships, equating to 94,000 teu, have been sold for demolition, compared with 141, for 398,500 teu, in the same period last … [Read more...]

Scrapping May Make Comeback as Smaller Containerships Lose Their Appeal

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - Non-operating owners of ageing gas-guzzling small containerships are likely to renew their interest in scrapping as the charter market makes an unexpected U-turn. The latest idle tonnage report by Alphaliner records 131 ships of 500-5,100 teu in hot or cold lay-up seeking employment, compared with just 56 in February. The consultant notes … [Read more...]

Tanker Owners are Scrapping the Most Ships in Decades

By Firat Kayakiran (Bloomberg) -- Oil tanker owners are giving up. A 19-month curtailment of OPEC cargoes, and environmental regulations that are proving uneconomical to comply with, have got owners purging the supertanker fleet at the fastest pace since the 1980s, according to Global Marketing Systems Inc., one of the world’s top buyers of obsolete ships for scrap. While … [Read more...]

No Trade Balance for Container Shipping Until End of 2019, Says Alphaliner

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - Recent forecasts from ocean carriers that a supply-demand equilibrium will be reached next year are “optimistic”, says Alphaliner. It says newbuild deliveries with 1.6m teu of cellular capacity will aggravate a supply overhang that is expected to be carried over from the fourth quarter of this year. Alphaliner’s current idle containership … [Read more...]