2019 puts shipping investors to the test

2019 was supposed to be the year in which shipping investors would finally profit from a low supply of vessels, new environmental regulations and economic growth. So far, things have not at all gone according to that plan. ShippingWatch takes a look at some of the benchmark shipping shares.

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Many investors undoubtedly hoped that shipping stocks would finally improve in 2019 or at the very least that some of recent years' losses could be rectified.

The balance between supply and demand finally seemed to stabilize, more vessels were slated for scrapping and order books were low. And the overcapacity that might be left over was set to disappear with the new IMO requirements, which would thin out the fleet and continuously see vessels laid up at yards in order to retrofit them with scrubbers.

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