Ecoships divide the shipping market

A combination of a low freight market and the expected effect of possibly more competitive new designs had a negative impact on ship prices in 2012 but ecoships divide the industry, says Erik I. Lassen, Managing Director of Danish Ship Finance.

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Danish Ship Finance sees different attitudes to the new ecodesigns by which an increasing number of shipyards and shipowners swear as the future ship model presenting often very positive data for the ships’ low fuel usage. However, ecoships divide the shipping market.

“We talk to a lot of shipowners saying that these ships are really good. However, we talk to a similar number saying that there really is not anything new about it. There may be many motives among shipyards and shipping companies to sell themselves on these savings. Shipyards want to sell ships and some foreign shipowners are very active in the media at the moment as they are trying to attract investors with a good story”, Managing Director of Danish Ship Finance, Erik I. Lassen, tells ShippingWatch.

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