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Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster (Annual Subscription)

Quarterly Forecaster

October 2017

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Multipurpose Shipping Market Review and Forecaster

Multipurpose and heavy lift

This annual subscription which is updated quarterly, provides a wealth of information in four major areas of the multipurpose and heavy lift market; trade, fleet, market, economics and costs.


Over the past 10 years, dry cargo volumes have grown at an average annual rate of 4%. Within that figure, bulk cargoes have grown at 4.6% and container cargo has grown at 5.0%. As the multipurpose sector straddles both the container and bulk markets, Drewry evaluates the dry cargo market share of the MPV fleet based on assessments for both tramp and liner tonnage. This market share is based on our assessment of the demand for cargoes from competing fleet sectors along with the expectation for the general cargo trade as a whole.

Trade volumes barely grew over 2015, less than 1% in all cases, the market share attributable to MPV vessels dropped as competition for cargoes in a weak market was particularly fierce.

Looking into this competitive sector, the Multipurpose Annual market Review and Forecast presents insight on:

• Breakbulk cargo such as steel, including crude production forecasts to 2020 and an analysis of steel product bilateral trades
• Dry cargo analysis covering forest products, construction materials and fertilisers
• Project cargo: potential growth in volumes in million tonnes forecasted through to 2018
• Port volumes for major US, Chinese, Brazilian, Saudi Arabian and European ports
• Forecast demand and market share through to 2020 broken down into Containers, Major bulks, Minor bulks and General cargo



  • The multipurpose fleet by vessel type, broken down into No of Vessels, Total, Minimum, Maximum and Average Dwt, Grain Capacity (cbm), TEU and Average Age for MPV, HL, PC, PCC and General Cargo (including barge carrier) vessels.
  • Project carriers and heavy-lift vessels broken down by Dwt and age into MPV, HL, PC and PCC vessels.
  • Multipurpose vessel including heavy lift demolition, fleet development and orderbook through to 2020
  • Multipurpose vessel operators


  • The current breakbulk market including the Drewry All Earnings index through to 2015

  • Time charter rates and estimated development of time charter rates for container orientated Multipurpose vessels

  • Market trends for the short term future, through to 2016.

  • Supply-demand balance including forecast balance for Multipurpose vessels to 2020

Economics and costs

  • Multipurpose vessel operating costs for both 5-10,000 Dwt and 15-20,000 Dwt vessels including Management & Administration, Insurance, Repair and Maintenance, Stores and lubes and other cost considerations
  • Indicative operating and manning costs forecasted through to 2020 for 5-10,000 Dwt and 15-20,000 Dwt vessels
  • Development of newbuilding, second-hand and demolition prices by type and Dwt for the period 2005 to 2015
  • Voyage and bunker costs for 2005 to 2015


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Handysize LPG vessels to be worst performers in 2018

Handysize LPG vessels to be worst performers in 2018
Among the different sizes of LPG ships, the small vessel segment is expected to be the best performer in 2018 while Handysize ships will be the worst, according to Drewry’s latest LPG Forecaster.

Ship operating costs stabilise as market recovery lifts pressure

The cost of operating cargo ships rose marginally in 2017 following two consecutive years of falls, but shipowners should prepare for higher costs led by a spike in insurance premiums, according to Drewry’s latest Ship Operating Costs Annual.

Slowdown in China’s crude stoking activity to hurt tonnage demand in the crude tanker shipping market in 2018

Crude tanker freight rates are expected to decline further in 2018 following a sharp decline in 2017, according to Drewry’s latest Tanker Forecaster.

Drewry announces appointment of new Senior Quantitative Economist

Drewry appoints Mario O. Moreno as Senior Quantitative Economist.


Port Technology Container Terminal Automation Conference

Neil Davidson to speak in the opening session discussing Drewry’s outlook for the sector.