China pushes coal trade on the longer route – a boon for smaller vessels?
China continues to block Australian coal and is diversifying its import sources (long haul countries) which will support coal shipping demand in 2021.09 Feb 2021: Hydrogen replacing coking coal – should owners of dry bulk ships take note?
The recent development of replacing coking coal with hydrogen in crude steel production has created a buzz that coking coal might soon be out of favour. For dry bulk operators this is a potentially negative development, but is this really the case?12 Nov 2020: Appalling fate of non-coking coal trade
While imports to the EU will continue to decline, momentum in Asia’s imports will remain intact over the next five-eight years, thereby supporting dry bulk shipping demand. However, increasing consensus on limiting climate change is expected to decelerate coal imports to Asia post-2030, leading to a drop in non-coking coal trade and consequently dampening employment opportunities for dry bulk vessels.
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