Ship Recycling in Dire Straits

0 comments

Ship Recycling in Dire Straits

in Hellenic Shipping News 23/11/2022

The ship recycling market is in a state of disarray, as tonnage availability has been scarce. Even when there are potential candidates, things aren’t quite that simple, as a result of a shortage of dollars in Bangladesh. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas said that “it is the start of the World Cup this weekend and all eyes are on Qatar as they are the host the first global football tournament in the Middle East, we expect this to be the most excitement recyclers will see for the next few weeks, as the market once again, can only be described as non-existent. This is despite, finally some positive news for the industry, with two Capesizes in the market now ready to be sold, but with them receiving very little interest. We have previously mentioned in reports that there is a shortage of dollars in Bangladesh, which has resulted in banks being unable to open Letters of Credit, this means all ships arriving to the Chattogram shores failing to be delivered. This has further pushed back any deliveries, with there now a queue of vessels now sitting outside the waterside, as it basically remains shut! It is hoped that India can save the market from its current malaise, with it now being the only ‘open’ recycling destination for tonnage and where the forementioned Capesizes are likely to deliver, if of course, the Owners are willing to consider the new lower levels. However, it is always a very reactive market, where sentiment can change quickly, but without a large volume of tonnage to destabilise this, we foresee a return to some positivity towards the end of the year”.

Source: Clarkson Platou Hellas

According to the shipbroker, “the Middle East has been the centre of attention this week, apart from the world cup, the Shipping world descended on Dubai for Bahri week. It was the biggest one yet, as Owners, Cash Buyers and Brokers all recognising the growth in the country over the past few years, it was a popular event for industry stakeholders to get together and discuss the global shipping markets. One thing for sure is that the boom in the Tanker markets looks set to continue well into next year and be the sector that starves the recycling industry”, Clarkson Platou Hellas concluded.

In a separate note, shipbroker Allied Shipbroking added that “things in the ship recycling market continued to move on the negative side for yet another week, with offered scrap price levels following a constant downward trajectory. On the Bangladeshi front, sentiment remains extremely weak due to the liquidity issues which continue to be faced and act as a major obstacle in allowing a fair amount of confidence to hold in order to support ample appetite. Pakistani breakers also appeared inert with regards to scrap activity with the weak domestic steel market leaving little room for breakers to act. For the time being, the market in the Indian Sub-Continent seems to be held by Indian breakers, who, given the lack of strong competition, have also stepped back considerably both in terms of offered prices as well as activity. At the same time given the collapse noted in local steel prices, there is little support to drive any improvement in offered numbers in the near term, something that could leave the market subdued for a fair amount of time”.

Source: Allied Shipbroking

Meanwhile, GMS (www.gmsinc.net), the world’s leading cash buyer of ships said this week that “all recycling destinations across the Indian sub-continent and even Turkey have been suffering a prolonged and agonizing malaise over the past six months (at least), one that’s showing no sign of abating any time soon. In fact, prices have deteriorated even further this week at all sub-continent locations and receiving indications / offers – even in the USD 400s/LDT on small LDT units – is gradually becoming a reality. As such, any Ship Owner expecting some of the better levels (even from last week) will have to readjust their expectations much lower, in order to bring any sort of firm offer to the table.

Source: GMS

L/Cs are continually proving to be extremely difficult to get approved these days, especially in Bangladesh, where the government is not sanctioning any fresh L/Cs for vessels, leading to a virtual standstill of the industry there. Indeed, we have seen multiple vessels enter the market and turn straight back around for trading (even at the reduced dry bulk and container levels of today), having either not found a Buyer with a ready L/C or having suffered embarrassingly low offers. The price ideas mentioned below are simply illusory, as the key thing today is finding a firm End Buyer at a reasonable level and with a workable L/C, which is turning out to be the most challenging of issues facing Cash Buyers at present. Overall, it is expected to be a dark and bleak winter for a withering ship recycling industry, especially after the decade long high in prices above USD 700/LDT whilst business boomed during the early part of this year”.
Nikos Roussanoglou, Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Leave a Reply

SSCP   CAS-002   9L0-066   350-050   642-999   220-801   74-678   642-732   400-051   ICGB   c2010-652   70-413   101-400   220-902   350-080   210-260   70-246   1Z0-144   3002   AWS-SYSOPS   70-347   PEGACPBA71V1   220-901   70-534   LX0-104   070-461   HP0-S42   1Z0-061   000-105   70-486   70-177   N10-006   500-260   640-692   70-980   CISM   VCP550   70-532   200-101   000-080   PR000041   2V0-621   70-411   352-001   70-480   70-461   ICBB   000-089   70-410   350-029   1Z0-060   2V0-620   210-065   70-463   70-483   CRISC   MB6-703   1z0-808   220-802   ITILFND   1Z0-804   LX0-103   MB2-704   210-060   101   200-310   640-911   200-120   EX300   300-209   1Z0-803   350-001   400-201   9L0-012   70-488   JN0-102   640-916   70-270   100-101   MB5-705   JK0-022   350-060   300-320   1z0-434   350-018   400-101   350-030   000-106   ADM-201   300-135   300-208   EX200   PMP   NSE4   1Z0-051   c2010-657   C_TFIN52_66   300-115   70-417   9A0-385   70-243   300-075   70-487   NS0-157   MB2-707   70-533   CAP   OG0-093   M70-101   300-070   102-400   JN0-360   SY0-401   000-017   300-206   CCA-500   70-412   2V0-621D   70-178   810-403   70-462   OG0-091   1V0-601   200-355   000-104   700-501   70-346   CISSP   300-101   1Y0-201   200-125  , 200-125  , 100-105  , 100-105  , CISM   NS0-157   350-018  , NS0-157   ICBB  , N10-006 test  , 350-050   70-534   70-178   220-802   102-400   000-106   70-411  , 400-101   100-101  , NS0-157   1Z0-803   200-125  , 210-060   400-201   350-050   C_TFIN52_66  , JN0-102  , 200-355   JN0-360   70-411   350-018  , 70-412   350-030   640-916   000-105   100-105  , 70-270  , 70-462   300-070  , 300-070   642-999   101-400   PR000041   200-101  , 350-030   300-070  , 70-270  , 400-051   200-120   70-178   9L0-012   70-487   LX0-103   100-105  ,