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Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review and Forecast 2017/18

Annual Review and Forecast

September 2017

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Reefer Shipping Market Annual Review and Forecast

Annual review of the reefer market

Our 2017/18 report is further improved and fully incorporates the recently added commodities of pharma, cut flowers and confectionery into the main body of the report and its forecasts.


This unique global study has been further improved and provides an in-depth analysis on the containerised reefer market and trade as it speeds up its assault on the refrigerated sector. Reefer Shipping Market Review & Forecast 2017/18 is one of Drewry Maritime Research’s annual reports, providing a complete review of the industry whilst also presenting detailed forecasts for key metrics.



Drewry provides extensive analyses on 10 main commodity classes totalling over 30 different commodities. The classes are; Bananas, Citrus, Deciduous, Exotics, Fish / Seafood, Meat / Poultry, Dairy, Pharma, Cut Flowers and Confectionary - as well as other commodities such as tomatoes, frozen potatoes and fresh & frozen vegetables.


On the supply side Drewry has detailed coverage of both the container sector and specialised sector, giving you a balanced view of the industry as its makeup progresses.


Trade and Commodities

  • Change in worldwide trade by commodity and import region
  • Estimated seaborne trade by commodity
  • Forecast trade of perishable reefer cargoes to 2021 - including modal split


Reefer Containership fleet

  • Containership fleet profiles
  • Financial overview of the container industry
  • Analysis of the refrigerated container fleet
  • Top 10 container operators (reefer teu capacity) analysed by fleet size, newbuildings and age profile
  • Market rates and carrier operating costs


Specialised fleet

  • Specialised reefer fleet analysis including on deck reefer capacity
  • Analysis of future capacity levels including newbuildings and recycling levels
  • The major eight operators for the specialised sectors are addressed individually in this section by fleet size, newbuildings and age profile
  • Detailed operating cost budgets for three specialised reefer vessel sizes are included



Market issues are addressed - both in terms of capacity and freight rate - and their resultant effect on the supply/demand balance.

  • Key issues within the reefer containership industry are reviewed
  • Specialised reefer time charter market, 2001-2020
  • Forecast development of reefer market supply/demand, 1Q17 through to 1Q20
  • Reefer capacity (container vs specialised)
  • Seaborne cargo volumes (container vs specialised)
  • Seaborne utilisation (container vs specialised)



  • Top eight specialised reefer operators’ fleet lists
  • Containership capacity analyses for Oceania, East Coast South America, West Coast South America, South Africa and West Africa trade lanes

More Information

Fast facts:

  • Comprehensive all-areas, global analysis
  • Assessment of the impact of containerised reefer market on the sector
  • Tables, charts and graphs provided in Excel format


Chainalytics and Drewry partner to create Ocean Buying Group for small and medium sized shippers

Chainalytics and Drewry partner to create Ocean Buying Group for small and medium sized shippers
Chainalytics and Drewry announce the launch of Ocean Buying Group addressing the ocean freight procurement needs of small and
medium sized shippers.

Maritime Financial Model Portfolio Report - March 2018 - now available

Our model portfolio gained 2.8% between November 2017 and February 2018, outperforming its sector-specific benchmark – Bloomberg’s BI SHIP (down 4.5%)

Better days ahead for VLGC shipowners

A slowdown in fleet growth should begin the recovery cycle from the second half of 2018, according to Drewry’s latest LPG Forecaster.

Depressed outlook for long-haul routes in chemical shipping market

Chemical shipping freight rates will weaken through 2018 due to the depressed outlook on overtonnaged long haul routes, according to Drewry’s latest Chemical Forecaster.


Intermodal Asia 2018

Tim Power to attend as a keynote speaker at the opening forum ’Overview of the Container Shipping Market’.

Project Cargo Summit

Susan Oatway to discuss the heavy lift and MPV shipping markets.