Commentary

  • Austerity is the new normal...

    Austere new world

    Business lending must revive, but shipowners will not credit as freely as they did
  • Asian currency appreciation...

    Mutual appreciation

    Strengthening Asian currencies add to pressure on regional yards
  • The results of expanded...

    Grim outlook continues for shipping

    Sector has become a non-industry for banks that are in no rush to return
  • Torm spent $15m linked to its...

    Cure or kill

    Restructuring consultancy fees are a bitter pill for troubled firms to swallow
  • With quantitative easing,...

    Adopt the brace position

    How does Moore Stephens’ predicted 3% rise in prices relate to economic theories?
  • Cashflow has to be maintained...

    Cash flows

    Restructuring can be long, costly and painful, so cashflow is vitally important
  • Operators that find themselves...

    Comment: Do it now

    Too many struggling shipping companies appear to prefer procrastination to undertaking a restructuring
  • Under Chinese law, rights of...

    Wet, wet, wet

    The last thing that China needs is an excuse for bubble lending
  • The banks should do what...

    Banks should bite the bullet on writedowns

    Uncertainty over market recovery raises questions about ship values and debt levels
  • The cargo capacity delivered...

    Shipping economics just get worse

    Why is the industry so disconnected from its customer base?
  • Casualties: many owners are in...

    Cut and run

    Body count will rise as banks foreclose and sell or refinance firms at market levels
  • The World Bank expects China’s...

    China will not rest for long

    World Bank forecasts weak Chinese exports and lower investment growth, but a rebound in 2013
  • Chinese yards are feeling the...

    Beyond shipbuilding

    China’s yards look ever further afield to shield themselves from the slump in shipbuilding
  • However much money Greek...

    Hour of need

    Greek shipowners pay taxes and raise funds for the poor
  • LNG is the hot sector of the...

    Bonds bonanza

    The Höegh LNG fundraising shows that there is finance available for shipping, even if the bar is set high
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