As Global Shipping Sails Into ‘Greener’ Future, Trade Faces Further Pressure


The global shipping industry embarked on a “greener” journey from the 1st of January as a new rule mandated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on using low sulphur fuel oil to cut ship emissions takes effect, raising ocean haulage costs for exporters and importers.

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2019 Ends With Plethora of Newbuilding and S&P Deals


Ship owners have sought to seal a number of deals prior to the end of 2019, both in the newbuilding and the second hand markets. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Allied Shipbroking noted that “things remained interesting for yet another week in the newbuilding market. 

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Fuel Tax Proposed to Fund $5 Billion R&D Plan


Eight global shipping associations have submitted a plan to the IMO for a fuel tax dedicated to helping eliminate CO2 emissions from international shipping. The tax would generate funds of about $5 billion over a 10-year period. 

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Tanker Market: Robust Levels All Around During November


The tanker market has been on a high during November as well. In its latest monthly report, OPEC said that dirty tanker spot freight rates in November remained at robust levels relative to the lacklustre performance seen for most of this year, but were down from the record highs seen in the previous month. 

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Lithium Ion Batteries, a force to be reckoned with in vessel applications.


Since the beginning of boat building; designers, builders, owners and crew have always sought to do more with less. Seeking efficiencies may reduce costs, make better use of space, provide more speed and meet regulatory requirements or socially accepted organisational norms. 

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Dry Bulk Market: Ship Owners Turn to ‘08-’11 Tonnage


While the freight rate market for dry bulk carriers has failed to rebound over the course of the past three weeks, demand for second hand bulkers and, more specifically, those built between 2008 and 2011 has kept up its momentum.

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