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.
Initial analysis by Drewry suggests that the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak will lead to weaker than expected full-year cargo demand growth for multipurpose and heavlift (MPV/HL) vessels, as any anticipated recovery will not be sufficient to offset contractions of the first part of the year.
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.
Underlying vessel operating cost inflation accelerated moderately in 2019 on higher repair & maintenance and insurance spend, while costs are expected to continue rising at a similar pace in 2020, according to Drewry’s latest Ship Operating Costs Annual.