Marine fuels & IMO 2020: So much for all the hype


As the shipping industry has moved further into 2020, and with the need to comply with new regulations to cap the sulphur content of fuel burned to 0.5% compared to 3.5% previously, it has become clearer that the fuel of choice for ship owners is very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), rather than a marine gasoil. This is evident when looking at bunker fuel sales in Singapore, with VLSFO making up almost 70% of total fuel oil sales in the first six months of the year, this compares to around 11% when it comes to marine gasoil. Meanwhile, given the use of scrubbers on some vessels, high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) sales made up around 18% of total sales.

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Tankers: Oil Production Trends Pointing Towards Middle East’s Important Role for Shipping


The tanker market is expected to remain heavily reliant on Middle East crude flows for a little while longer. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Gibson said that “with world oil demand having collapsed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, major downwards pressure on oil production was always going to be inevitable. 

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The 2010s: a decade of market imbalance and ultra large container ships


Reduced volumes are currently posing a major challenge to container shipping due to the COVID-19 crisis. So far, freight rates have been held up by the massive blanking of sailings that carriers have put in place. However, even before this crisis, the container shipping industry was saddled with overcapacity carried over from the previous decade, a problem that will rise again due to the demand fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dry Bulk Market: Capesize Market Reaches New Highs


As the halfway mark of 2020 arrives, the capesize market is making new highs for the year. From persistent lows earlier caused by a barrage of negative factors, the capesize 5TC market has outperformed in spectacular fashion to now reside at $29641.

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Globus Maritime Reports 35% Decrease in Voyage Revenues on COVID-19 Impact.


Globus Maritime Limited, a dry bulk shipping company, reported its unaudited consolidated operating and financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

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Newbuilding Market of “Two Worlds”


Ship owners have reentered the newbuilding market, but only for the segments which have shown the most potential. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Allied Shipbroking said that “the vast difference in sentiment being noted between the dry bulk and tanker sectors was perfectly depicted last week in the newbuilding market.

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