Outlook 2018

Shipping confronts a complex market puzzle in 2018. Each sector features its own unique headwinds and tailwinds, while every sector faces a shifting landscape of new technologies, regulations, financing options, and geopolitical wildcards. Shipowners and operators cannot predict the future, but they can endeavour to understand what might happen in the year ahead and prepare to react. The Fairplay team has provided a comprehensive look at the issues, trends, and uncertainties facing each shipping sector and the potential consequences for the bottom line, offering industry stakeholders a guide to decision-making in 2018.

News & Analysis

 Alfa Laval’s new PureSOx scrubber being installed
02 Jan 2018
Regulatory compliance will be a central cost variable for shipowners in 2018.
29 Dec 2017
Digitalisation, environmental regulations, and crew welfare pose unique challenges for 2018
Houston flooded by Hurricane Harvey
29 Dec 2017
Uncertainty prevails as the insurance industry struggles to get ahead of the curve as its clients, and the risks they face, change at a rapid pace.
Cheniere’s Corpus Christi liquefaction facility, currently under construction
28 Dec 2017
Liquefaction project timelines and trends in cross-basin cargo flows will be key drivers of LNG rates
28 Dec 2017
In 2017, US-listed owners raised the third-highest amount of proceeds ever recorded, yet the shipping industry remained out of favour among Wall Street investors.
Press conference
28 Dec 2017
Geopolitical events, OPEC, US exports, and Chinese imports could all affect crude tankers