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.
Chinese workers welding at a shipbuilding yard in Chongqing
28 Dec 2017
Financial difficulties have driven Asian shipyards to new levels of efficiency and innovation. 
HSH company logo
28 Dec 2017
Embattled German banks are finally starting to write new, albeit smaller, shipping loans.
Shanghai, China
27 Dec 2017
Chinese leasing activity is an increasingly important financial bellwether for shipowners
27 Dec 2017
LPG shipping interests must keep a close eye on US propane stockpiles and their pricing effect
Iron ore mine
27 Dec 2017
Optimism is in the air as bulker supply growth finally tails off and Chinese demand remains steady