New swine fever mutations in China could impact dry bulk and reefer
A milder variant of the African swine fever, which is both more difficult to discover and control, has been found in China, reports Reuters. The outbreak could impact dry bulk and reefer carriers if the mutations spiral out of control.
Rising oil prices and major profits at energy companies come at an opportune time for suppliers. Analysts expect the otherwise strained offshore carriers to begin ordering more ships in 2023, with Prosafe’s CEO reporting ”optimism in our field.”
Harald Solberg, CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, fears that the green energy transition will move too slowly if policymakers don’t take further action soon, he tells ShippingWatch. Two initiatives in particular are necessary, he says.
The Norwegian-Swedish company closes the second quarter showing a decreased net result but expects the rest of the year and the beginning of 2023 to be much better. CEO Lasse Kristoffersen says cargo volumes will grow as more cars, trucks and excavators will be produced.
DFDS and P&O Ferries are sharing ferry capacity on the English Channel – even though French competition authorities have yet to approve such an arrangement. British authorities have green-lit the deal.
Rates on refrigerated containers, or reefers, have increased by 50% in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2021, with growth set to continue in the third quarter. 2023, however, will see rates slowly declining, forecasts consultancy Drewry.