Drewry’s latest forecast for multipurpose and heavylift (MPV/HL) shipping confirms that if the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is contained by 4Q20, the expected demand growth for breakbulk and project cargo will stay positive but remain very weak.
Crude oil prices plunged by more than a third in the past week after OPEC+ failed to agree on production cut as demand softened in the aftermath of coronavirus (COVID-19). In its recent report, the IEA estimates global oil demand at 99.9 mbpd in 2020, which is around 90,000 bpd lower than in 2019 and a sharp downgrade from the agency’s forecast in February, which predicted global oil demand will grow 825,000 bpd in 2020.
Star Bulk dented shareholders’ wealth by over 34% YTD (as of 10 March 2020). Like many of its cape-dominated peers, the company has high exposure to China’s trade. At the end of trading on 7 February 2020, force majeure in China pushed SBLK to a low of USD 8.03 per share on NASDAQ – a price marginally above the USD 8.02 per share on 6 February 2019. On a positive note, the share price since then has largely been resilient, trading largely between USD 8 and USD 9.
Drewry’s freight cost benchmarking and procurement support division, is pleased to announce the launch of a new range of fuel advisory and management services designed exclusively for shippers and forwarders.
As part of a series of initiatives aimed at bringing greater transparency to fuel costs resulting from the new IMO 2020 low-sulphur regulation, Drewry is pleased to announce the publication of its first low-sulphur reference bunker index tracker.