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IMO 2020 = M&A?

IMO 2020 = M&A?

Financially vulnerable carriers could be pushed into M&A by the extra costs associated with the new low-sulphur fuel law. If that happens, how might competition on key trades be affected?

Latest Trade Routes

After the sugar rush

Following the tariff-induced cargo rush of late-2018, container shipments from Asia to West Coast North America dived in 1Q19, denting carriers’ hopes of securing higher annual contracts.

14 Apr 2019

Trade Routes Asia-West Coast North America
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Moving out

Low demand growth in the Asia-North Europe trade is forcing carriers to look to other trades for their big ships.

03 Mar 2019

Trade Routes Asia-North Europe
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Industry at a glance

World Container Index

East-West composite (US$/feu)

IFO 380 Bunker Prices

Rotterdam (USD$ per tonne)

Global Port Throughput

Jan 2008 = 100

Idle Capacity

(teu)

Recent Feature Articles

Side effects

Side effects

IMO 2020 low-sulphur rules could trigger more slow steaming and transhipment.
Container equipment prices & lease rates falling

Container equipment prices & lease rates falling

Container equipment prices plunged below building costs in the last quarter of 2018, and manufacturers will need to cut back if they are to return to profit in 2019.
Will it be a happy Chinese New Year for carriers?

Will it be a happy Chinese New Year for carriers?

The recovery time for spot market freight rates after Chinese New Year can take an awfully long time.

Latest Trade Routes

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North-South Trade Routes

Asia-East Coast South America (6) Asia-Mid East-South Asia (8) Asia-Oceania (8) Asia-Southern Africa (4) Asia-West Africa (10) Europe-East Coast South America (8) Europe-Mid East-South Asia (7) North America-East Coast South America (5) Select All

After the sugar rush


14 Apr 2019 · Trade Route Asia-West Coast North America


Following the tariff-induced cargo rush of late-2018, container shipments from Asia to West Coast North America dived in 1Q19, denting carriers’ hopes of securing higher annual contracts.
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Moving out


03 Mar 2019 · Trade Route Asia-North Europe


Low demand growth in the Asia-North Europe trade is forcing carriers to look to other trades for their big ships.
Read more

Improving, but still shaky


23 Dec 2018 · Trade Route Asia-Mediterranean


A less than convincing performance in the Asia to Mediterranean headhaul market and a sharp fall in Turkish imports have dulled westbound growth prospects.
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Turning the tide


07 Dec 2018 · Trade Route Asia-North Europe


Container traffic from Asia to North Europe is finally trending upwards. So far, pricing gains have been minimal for carriers.
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