Normally the summer gives one time to think and spend quality time with family and friends. Although we all enjoyed our holidays, this summer was somewhat different. The marine and offshore markets are moving, companies are repositioning and private as well as public parties are cutting down their costs. In this atmosphere it is not always easy to sit back.
The second Bloem Doze Nienhuis short sea study shows a cargo demand of around 1.8 billion tons between 2005 and 2012. In the same period the supply of the short sea fleet increases by 20%, from 38 to 47 million tons dwt.
In 2005, the short sea industry witnessed a reasonable level of profitability. With an annual growth of demand by 4% and a stable fleet size, the market will reach a new balance only in 2020.
Maritime policy central theme at Russian-Dutch high level conference
New public policy priorities, government support and legislation for navigation on inland waterways in Russia, as well as fleet modernisation and waterways infrastructure will be discussed during the conference 'Russian-Dutch Bilateral Year 2013: the Strategy of Water Transport'. Key speaker during the conference will be Mr Viktor Olersky, deputy Minister of Transport. The conference takes place on September 24th, 2013 in pavilion 7 of the Lenexpo in St. Petersburg.
Croatia: maritime players foresee an innovative future in the EU
At a European conference in Zagreb, Croatia has expressed a positive view on the future development of the maritime sector. According to Croatia’s shipbuilders association, the future lies in structural restructuring, orientation to smaller specific market niches, innovation and new technologies. Director Ruđer Friganović: ‘On the eve of Croatia’s accession to the European Union, we are at the beginning of the long run. The future of Croatia now depends on achieving an efficient and multi- specialized economy...’
Centraal in deze publicatie staan de maritieme en offshore sectoren in enkele landen van West Afrika. Gekozen is voor Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, Senegal, Ivoorkust en Kameroen. Deze keuze is gemaakt vanwege de snelle ontwikkeling van hun economieën, hun maritieme handelsstromen en de groeiende offshore operaties. Daarmee zijn de landen interessant voor Nederlandse reders, baggeraars, scheepsbouwers, toeleveranciers, havens en dienstverleners.
The Dutch maritime sector maintains excellent relations with other maritime regions in the world. Maritime knowhow is being developed across the globe, and Dutch maritime companies cannot survive without their international clients and business partners. With this in mind, a new project was launched by the Dutch Maritime Network, called ‘Maritime Hotspots’.
The maritime sector has been hit hard in recent years. Increasing costs and decreasing earnings have squeezed cash flows, and continue to do so. Since 2008, the world fleet has grown by 37%, whilst world demand volumes increased only 9%. As a result, the already existing overcapacity in the shipping market has been growing, instead of declining. The combination of high supply and low demand leads to low charter rates and declining asset values. Bloem Doze Nienhuis views the challenges that face seagoing shipping in 2013.