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Ship Recycling Market Experiences Significant Volatility in 2023

The ship recycling market has been quite volatile throughout the year. In its latest weekly report, Best Oasia (www.best-oasis.com), a leading cash buyer of ships said that “the ship recycling market experienced significant volatility throughout the year, with various locations witnessing fluctuating trends. There were notable peaks in activity, followed by a series of declines in different regions. In addition, it is worth noting that Bangladesh and Pakistan have ratified the HKC convention. Furthermore, the EU has modified the definition of waste and is considering reevaluating Indian yards. The UAE has also introduced new ship recycling regulations. In summary, significant developments have taken place, and there are further anticipated advancements in 2024, building upon the current momentum of activities”.

Source: Best Oasis

Best Oasis said that “in 2023 the world economy slowed but remained resilient, avoiding the recession that many had predicted would be brought on this year by rising inflation and commodities prices. Analysts predict that headwinds will lessen and that the worst may be behind us, even if growth is predicted to decline even further in 2024. Although inflation is heading down, it is still over the two percent goal range set by the majority of central banks worldwide. Nevertheless, it is anticipated that the continually high-interest rates will decline. Although declining rates and inflation will be good for growth in the second half of 2024 and beyond, there are still risks that might sabotage the momentum of the economy. Many elements will decide whether the global economy has a soft landing in 2024 or not, including geopolitical tensions, the state of the US and Chinese economies, volatility in oil prices, growing growth divergence, alarmingly high levels of global debt, and the growing cost of climate change. Addressing the events of this week, it is noteworthy to mention that recycling activities in India experienced a decline due to a lack of demand. Similarly, Bangladesh also witnessed a similar sentiment, and it is currently facing the same downward situation until the conclusion of the election. Pakistan experienced a slight rise in hope and demand while Turkiye experienced a decline in both imports and the local market by 10 USD”, Best Oasis said.

In India, “the market is currently experiencing a significant downturn, with a lack of demand being observed. The current state of the market remains negative with a notable absence of demand for scrap materials and vessels. Ship-recycling steel plates have reportedly been rejected by a committee established by the Steel Ministry of India for use in the production of TMT-bars. Primary objections of the proposal include the lack of detailed data and the provision of non-standardized offerings. India’s steel exports for FY2022-23 saw a decrease of approximately 50 percent yearover-year, while imports reached a three-year high. For the Indian steel sector, imports seem to be the main source of frustration. For many months, low-cost steel from China, Vietnam, and other nations overflowed the Indian market, severely undermining Indian steel producers. The largest supplier of finished steel to India is China. The nation delivered 1.1 MT of the alloy from April to October, up almost 48% from the previous year”, said Best Oasis.

Source: Best Oasis

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, “the markets are beginning to show some activity. The recyclers want to purchase vessels because they believe that when the next government takes office on February 8th, import restrictions will be implemented. Pakistan has seen a notable surge in local steel prices, which has negatively impacted the construction and infrastructure industries. A noteworthy determination has been reached by the provisional government, which is to exclude Pakistan Steel Mills from the list of state-owned entities designated for privatization”, Best Oasis concluded.
Nikos Roussanoglou, Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

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