Maritime Advisors

Sector Expertise

Chemical Shipping

Chemical shipping is one of the world’s most complex shipping sectors, with very high barrier to entry due to varied type and technical and operational requirements of the chemical industry. Drewry’s advisory team works with various stakeholders in a wide variety of assignments including market analysis, sector due diligence, seafreight strategy formulation and assessment of investment opportunity.

Drewry provides strategic, commercial and technical advisory services to shipowners, investors, lenders and industrial users. Our approach is to provide bespoke services to each client, working to ensure that each project focuses on achieving its core objectives and that the analysis we prepare answers the client’s fundamental project questions. These questions range from whether it is the right time to invest in the sector to how to manage seafreight to ensure corporate competitiveness.


In all our projects, our starting point is an in-depth understanding of the characteristics and dynamics of the chemical shipping market which provides a clear view of the outlook for the sector’s earnings and asset values. The advisory team works closely with Drewry’s Chemical Shipping Research team, who provide up to date analysis on key liquid chemical products, trade growth, earnings assessment, asset values, the newbuild orderbook and other key industry trends.


This understanding of the market underpins our work in market analysis, commercial due diligence, valuation and investment appraisal. We prepare earnings and asset value projections under a variety of scenarios and combine this with financial modelling and analysis to allow clients to see the likely outcomes of planned investment. The outlook for the market and specific commodity sectors is used by our advisors in seafreight strategy formulation and the understanding of the freight market enables us to provide freight benchmarking to industry users.


Drewry’s in-house technical experts are able to offer a full range of technical services including desktop technical due diligence, health and safety due diligence, operating cost benchmarking and physical inspection of vessels.


The combination of commercial, financial and technical expertise means that Drewry has the complete set of capabilities required to service all stakeholders within the chemical tanker market.


Commercial and market assessment

  • Chemical shipping market outlook
  • Projections of earnings and asset values
  • Vessel valuation (Charter free, Charter attached)
  • Residual Value assessment
  • Investment due diligence of target company
  • IPO/Private placement support
  • Seafreight strategy development for industrial users
  • Freight rate benchmarking
  • Counterparty due diligence and credit analysis
  • Strategic planning and investment
  • Mergers and Acquisition assistance
  • Market entry and exit


Technical due diligence of vessels (to assess seaworthiness of vessels)

  • Desktop technical due diligence
  • Health, Safety and Environment due diligence
  • Oversight supervision of vessels under construction
  • Operating cost benchmarking
  • Physical inspection of vessels


Financial assessment

  • Financial modelling
  • Earnings benchmarking

Key Contacts

Jayendu Krishna

Jayendu Krishna

Director, Drewry Maritime Advisors

Recent Projects

Fairness opinion, loan agreement

Drewry was engaged by the Board of a US listed shipping company to provide a “Fairness Opinion” in relation to a loan agreement from a major shareholder.

Cement carrier investment assessment

The client sought assistance in evaluating an investment in a newbuild specialised 21,000 dwt cement carrier.


$6bn: The combined value of container shipping industry investments we have advised on since 2010.


$20bn: The value of financing projects we have provided commercial due diligence advice for in port M&A since 2010.


The number of countries in which our Maritime Advisors have completed assignments since 2005.


Our advisors have been involved in over 400 port assignments over the past 10 years.