Outlook 2017

The end of one year and the start of another is always a time for reflection. 2016 has been a seismic year in shipping. From the fallout from the bankruptcy of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping in September to unexpected election outcomes in the United Kingdom and more recently, the United States. The Fairplay team has been assessing the highs and lows of the past 12 months and offers you a sector-by-sector view on what they may herald for shipping in 2017.

07 Jan 2017
Middle East nations have their work cut out for them if they are to secure a situation where Middle East hydrocarbon cargoes are shipped on tonnage owned by regional owners
06 Jan 2017
Shipping entities looking for cash face a chilly reception with most new funding in 2016 having come from private share placements tied to restructurings
05 Jan 2017
P&I clubs have been feeling the pressure, with many in 2016 looking to give members an end-of-year boost
05 Jan 2017
Debt capital provision for global shipping out of Germany is bound to remain stunted in 2017 because the segment’s major players will continue to de-risk their balance sheets.
02 Jan 2017
Global carriers’ fight to stay competitive produced consolidation, strategic rethinking, alliances, and a stiff reality check as one big player lost the battle.


Over the course of 2017, we will see how Trump plays out for shipping. So far, the cards seem to be stacking up in the industry’s favour.