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Susan Oatway

Susan Oatway

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Tim Power

Tim Power

Managing Director and Head of Maritime Advisors

Latest opinion: 03 May 2018

With its mix of project cargo, breakbulk, general cargo and minor bulk, the multipurpose sector is one of the trickiest to follow, but Drewry’s close study of this market suggests an improvement is on the way.

Recent opinion: 29 Jan 2018
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Specialised shipping

The specialised shipping sector covers a variety of different niche segments that remain critical to the conduct of world trade.

These include:
  • Multipurpose shipping, incorporating both Breakbulk and Heavylift (or project) shipping
  • Reefer shipping, involving the movement of refrigerated cargo
  • Car Carrier shipping, involving the movement of autos (including PCTC)
  • Ferry & Cruise shipping, involving the movement of passenger traffic
  • Offshore, involving the support of the offshore oil and gas industry or special project work
Each of these sectors is characterised by very different dynamics and characteristics, requiring highly specialised understanding of these niche trades.

As a trusted, independent voice in the market, our team of specialists are regularly asked to present their research findings into market trends and future predictions for multipurpose and reefer sectors at leading industry conferences around the world.

In addition to detailed market analysis and rigorous forecasting we offer market leading analysis of the trade affecting the principle vessel categories as well as appraisal of shipping finances, including pricing, operating costs and investment returns. We challenge conventional wisdom through our deep understanding of the trade dynamics driving demand for different vessel types in all corners of the world.

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Key Contacts

Susan Oatway

Susan Oatway

Associate
Tim Power

Tim Power

Managing Director and Head of Maritime Advisors

Key Contacts

Susan Oatway

Susan Oatway

Associate
Tim Power

Tim Power

Managing Director and Head of Maritime Advisors

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Multipurpose shipping eyes recovery

Multipurpose shipping has started 2018 on a confident footing and is forecast to recover further on rising demand, according to Drewry’s latest Multipurpose Forecaster and Annual Review.

Drewry’s Global Reefer Freight Rate Index increases for 4th consecutive quarter

Drewry’s Global Reefer Freight Rate Index has recorded only increases over the last 12 months, even during off-peak seasons.
Advisory support across the specialised shipping sectors

Advisory support across the specialised shipping sectors

We offer specialist advisory services to support operational, planning, strategic and investment needs in the multipurpose, offshore, PCTC, car carrier, ferry and cruise liner sectors. As well as operational and technical due diligence services we also conduct bespoke market analysis, financial modelling and feasibility studies to support the commercial and strategic objectives of owners and operators, investors and other stakeholder with interests in these highly specialised areas of the

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Multipurpose Forecaster (Annual Subscription)

Multipurpose Forecaster (Annual Subscription)


Quarterly Forecaster · Latest release 26 Mar 2018


Written by one of the sector’s leading experts our Multipurpose Forecaster provides an unparalleled depth of market analysis. This subscription package comprise the annual market review together with quarterly sector updates.

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