Two months have passed since the introduction of the sulfur requirements and so far there have been no violators. Are they hiding, is it too soon to tell, or are shipowners simply abiding by the rules?
BY LOUISE VOGDRUP-SCHMIDT
The situation was tense before the tightened regulations on vessels' sulfur emissions came into force on January 1st 2015. What sneaky things would shipowners do to get around the restrictive new requirements?
In 13 years, DSV has expanded vigorously in Latin America, and last year the region represented the highest growth rates in the logistics firm’s air and sea business. Large acquisitions have given access to new markets, says regional head in an interview with ShippingWatch.
Diving spot rates on container freight mean that more shippers are expected to want to leave the more costly long contracts, according to analysts. This may hit carriers such as Maersk, where seven out of ten are on contract. Futures indicate rate decline as well.
After an extreme year in both the container and dry bulk segments, which have seen several ship sales, trading is now stagnating somewhat. ”There are fewer buyers, but optimism isn’t gone,” Maersk Broker executive tells ShippingWatch.