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Watch this space


ou do not need an economist to understand the implications of commercial advisory giant PwC’s recent suggestion that half of Germany’s maritime shipping companies plan to enter alliances with peers, or deepen existing pacts, to counter overcapacity and falling rates. Modern business-speak describes it as “platform solutions”; in truth it is about survival in a time of reduced rates and revenues. A recent study into the global shipping industry by credit rating agency Moody’s concluded that these are the best of times to be buying, and the worst of times to be selling shipping capacity. Moody’s message is clear. Shipowner finance will remain tight with selective and tightening bank lending continuing over this time, until at least 2014 when scrapping and mothballing of vessels could drive up rates.


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The well-kept response of shipping lines Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM was the recently revealed plans for an alliance, which caught the industry by surprise and has led to much debate. Perhaps they were inspired by the call earlier this year by Briese Schiffahrts and Fehn Ship Management for carriers to shorten shipping capacity. We await to see the response of the regulatory authorities to the plans of the three lines. A different type of alliance came with the news of the latest consolidation amongst project cargo shipping lines, with the merger of Clipper Projects and Thorco Shipping and the retirement of the former brand. In a comment that echoes the earlier mergers of Intermarine and Scan Trans; as well as the takeover by Royal Boskalis of Dockwise/Fairstar, the merged company’s management believes this is the best way to ensure a profitable business and future growth in the current multipurpose market. They are unlikely to be the last to draw that conclusion.


This issue of HLPFI (No. 33) shows that the project cargo sector remains a curate’s egg. Whilst growth has slowed in the project cargo business in Australia, Canada and Korea, there are signs of recovery in the UK and renewed optimism about prospects in the Indian offshore sector. Our spotlight on Myanmar cautions that whilst the country’s opening up promises much, there are pitfalls to beware of nonetheless. Our operational review on cargo packing and crating finds specialist companies seeking to add value to beat off competition from cheap and ill-equipped newcomers.


Our equipment focus reveals that the ever increasing weight and dimensions of cargoes needing to be lifted and transported – as illustrated by the news that HANSA HEAVY LIFT has just carried the largest unit of cargo it has ever moved on one of its ships – is leading to the need for more engineering advancements by companies developing equipment below the hook.


Of course, increased size has been a feature of the multipurpose and container shipping fleets for some time with much debate about the destabilising effects on the marketplace of the capacity introduced. That lines, which have been at the forefront of recent developments in ship capacity increases, are now behind an initiative to pool that capacity – in a merger and an alliance respectively – is bringing a wry smile to some faces. ‘Watch this space’ has never seemed like a more appropriate piece of advice!


Ian Matheson, Executive Director, HLPFI


The front cover of this issue shows a heavy lift shipment being moved to Brazil by Blue Water Shipping, which has over the past three years handled thousands of shipments to Brazil for the FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) projects going on offshore the huge country. The piece pictured on the front cover was transported from Australia via Singapore to Brazil, involving Blue Water offices in Australia, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro.


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