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The container port and terminal business is changing rapidly. Against a background of globalisation-driven rapid demand growth, the sector has been attracting massive new inward investment – both from operating companies and external investors. This means that the pressures on terminal operations and development strategies are changing very rapidly. In addition, the general political environment… » read more

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Containerport demand growth in the Middle East and South Asia has accelerated in recent years. Strong oil prices have boosted trade in the Middle East, whilst a measure of deregulation and investment has generated strong economic growth and rapid expansion in containerport demand in South Asia. Whilst demand is very strong in India, despite ongoing… » read more

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The international offshore support vessel sector has enjoyed large-scale growth in recent years. In addition, day rates have risen to some of their highest ever levels. Future prospects for the offshore support vessel sector look to be positive in the near-term, although current newbuilding orders may place a downward pressure on day rates in the… » read more

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The international offshore rig sector has experienced several years of sustained growth on the strength of high global demand and restricted supply of suitable and available rigs. Day rates have risen to some of the highest ever levels. Future prospects for the offshore rig sector look to be positive in the near-term, although current newbuilding… » read more

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The LNG industry has experienced significant growth in recent years and has featured: Large-scale demand growth Emerging new supply sources Emerging new import markets Increased investment in LNG infrastructure Increased contract flexibility Speculative LNG carrier newbuilding orders Continued increase in average vessel size Development of containment and propulsion systems LNG trade volumes are forecast to… » read more

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The LPG market has been through a depressed period in recent years, but has finally started to show signs of resurgence. Underpinning the growth has been the increased production of both crude oil and LNG. Increased oil and natural gas prices pushed LPG prices to record highs during 2004. There are many new LPG production… » read more

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The chemical carrier sector has been suffering over recent years from limited growth in demand and stagnant freight rates. However, the past year has seen a turn around in the industry, with increased economic activity and an increase in the demand for chemicals funding trade and shipping demand expansion. The rapidly expanding Chinese market has… » read more

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Cruise shipping currently faces market conditions unprecedented in this hitherto highly expansionary sector – demand was hit hard by the events of September 11th and continues to exhibit very visible signs of damage, whilst the scale of recent years’ new vessel ordering by the major lines guarantees large-scale fleet growth over the near-term. The structure… » read more

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North European containerport demand has expanded rapidly over the past decade, despite some slowdown in the pace in 2001. Growth has been driven primarily by trade expansion, further conversion to containerisation and – most importantly by the continuing push for globalisation. The strongest growth has been in the deep-sea sector and this has placed increasing… » read more

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The product tanker sector is facing a transitional time as new IMO regulations are enacted against a background of structural fleet change and continuing demand profile development, especially in Asia. The IMO has brought forward the phasing out of single-hulled tankers from 2007 to April 2005, and includes the banning of such vessels from transporting… » read more

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