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The recent volatility of shipping freight markets across almost all vessel categories has focussed market attention on levels of costs, revenues and profitability. This Report Examines typical operating and capital costs for a variety of vessel sizes/types- at the Current time and over recent years. The past 2-3 years have seen extensive development in certain… » read more

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World Cement to 2015: Analysis of Production, Consumption & Trade for Individual Countries: The world cement industry has undergone extensive changes in recent years, with Varying economic growth and construction sector expansion funding very different Patterns of development for individual countries. Trade volumes and patterns have continued to be largely determined by regional supply/demand imbalances,… » read more

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Marketing of Container Terminals: The container port business has expanded by over 10.1 per cent per annum since 1990. Fuelled by the globalisation of the world economy this process will continue. Even cautious forecasts indicate that port demand will at least double to 2015 with between 550-630m TEUs handled in the world’s ports at that… » read more

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Trade in perishable products has expanded steadily in recent years, spurred by economic growth and increasing prosperity in East Asia and the transitional economies. However, the past decade has also seen the share of conventional reeferships eroded year by year through competition from containerships. After several awful years for the reefer shipping industry, marked by… » read more

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The world cruise shipping industry faces a challenging time ahead as a number of problems continue to restrict industry growth, mainly :- the continuing public perception of a terrorist threat; reluctance by some market sectors to go on fly/cruises; the image of cruises; the availability of suitable itineraries; opposition from environmentalist groups in certain areas;… » read more

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The pace of growth in the European and Mediterranean containerport markets has been truly dynamic in recent years. This has been driven by the globalisation of the world economy, the introduction of much larger vessels into the deep-sea trades – with associated rapid feeder demand growth – and also strong expansion in intra-regional trades. The… » read more

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The world cement industry is a complex structure of local, national, regional and global markets and cement/clinker movements. The structure is ever changing, being closely tied to changes in a range of variables – including macro-economic growth, housing sector booms, public spending levels, trade protectionism, and transportation costs. With a relatively small number of multinational… » read more

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The world cement trade and shipping sector is a complex combination of a wide variety of regular movements and sporadic short-term opportunistic shipments. A high volume of trade represents movements between companies under the umbrella of the same multinational cement group, whilst independent cement traders are still a major factor determining price levels and patterns… » read more

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The pace of growth in the East Asian containerport markets has been dramatic in recent years. Is this growth sustainable? Exports from China to the US and Europe are underpinning the growth of China’s manufacturing industry and drawing in imports of raw materials and intermediate products from other parts of the world, in turn providing… » read more

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Continuously self-unloading vessels can offer significantly lower transport costs than conventional geared and gearless bulk carriers. These depend on achieving the right combination of shipping and port economies, in order to offset higher capital costs. Recent developments have focused on the use of “hybrid” vessels to achieve some of the benefits of self-unloaders for a… » read more

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