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.

News & Analysis

Dieter Berg, president of the International Union of Marine Insurance.
09 Jan 2017
Global financial slowing is driving a rise in geopolitical risk and protectionism that squeezes marine insurers, says International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) president Dieter Berg
28 Dec 2016
Asia’s port networks are changing as economies evolve and major powers seek to expand their regional influence. On the Malacca Strait alone southeast Asia has five major projects in the pipeline
28 Dec 2016
China’s top container ports had a sluggish first half of 2016 but a rebound in volumes from July signalled the beginning of a stronger second half.
28 Dec 2016
 Ballast water and SO2 regulations are high on list of shipowner concerns in 2017 
27 Dec 2016
Rising dry bulk demand leads to a slowdown in scrapping, which is not helpful in the current oversupplied market.
23 Dec 2016
2016 proved to be a momentous year, from the United Kingdom’s shock vote to leave the European Union to the election of establishment-outsider Donald Trump as president of the United States. While these political events will affect shipping for years to come, it was the demise of Korea’s Hanjin Shipping that arguably defined 2016 in the maritime world. IHS Fairplay looks at the 12 stories that most engaged our readers this year.


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.