Bimco Publish Dry Bulk Crisis Report


Bimco has published one of a series of reports looking at the dry bulk crisis and looking ahead at the “road to recovery” for the industry.

The foundation for the new report follows the conclusion of BIMCO’s previous analysis, that due to the severity of the current crisis the sector can only return to profitability in 2019 if shipowners deliver “zero supply side growth”, year on year.

Bimco’s report also investigates the wider effect the dry bulk crisis has had on the supply chain, especially shipping, both tankers and containers.

The findings of the report are as follows:

consolidation and risk management will be the new industry model for dry bulk ship-owners – with parallel effects in other sectors:

  • The fragmented ownership of the dry bulk fleet cannot be sustained over the length of the downturn and we will see greater consolidation, meaning fewer and bigger companies
  • Company stakeholders will seek a more sophisticated business model with better quality information and a greater focus on risk management

shipbrokers will need to provide a broader range of services:

  • The new, larger shipping companies will seek to deal directly with larger customers on major trade routes – plus more long term COAS and digitalisation will also place brokers under pressure to widen the services they offer

Basel will create scarcity and/or drive up the cost of finance for shipping:

  • Basel III – and the proposed Basel IV – regulations will increase the cost of bank finance for shipping. banks will also focus more on customer credit risk
  • Smaller owners may have to look for alternative means of finance in future

shipyards – though somewhat sheltered – will have to diversify:

  • Many shipyards may close or consolidate – but retrofitting environmental equipment to ships could provide opportunities.

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Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, President of Bimco, said: “This report gives the industry much-needed analysis on the wider impact of the current severe, and enduring, shipping crisis.”

“This crisis will affect shipping companies, not only economically and financially, but also sociologically. We will see deep changes in the fundamental structure of the shipping world and in shipping companies, mainly the smaller ones.

“A new business model will emerge, not just for ship-owners but also for brokers, shipyards, financial institutions and other stakeholders.” 

Mr Louis-Dreyfus concludes: “I believe this report is very important and I would encourage shipowners to read it and reconsider their own business model, not just to survive the downturn but also so that they can contribute to the road to recovery.”

The report concludes that major changes are on the horizon for both the shipping industry and the dry bulk market.

In May, 2016 PTI reported the first part of the “road to recovery” report, in which it was announced Bimco had developed a new analysis model designed to highlight the actions needed for struggling shipping markets to recover, and to be able to track the progress of the recovery.

It was in this report they predicted that the dry bulk sector could return to profitability by 2019 if provisions are made.  

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