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Ship Recycling Market Looks Alive

The ship recycling market has livened up over the course of the past week. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas commented that “whilst levels in Bangladesh and Pakistan remain firm, but steady to an extent, prices from India have increased significantly this week, as evidenced by the sale reported below of a capesize bulk carrier. Steel producers in India and local Sellers of the inventories are anticipating increased exports to Europe and higher steel production costs due to the possibility of tighter steel and coal supplies because of the conflict in the Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine are among the top global exporters of steel with the majority being exported to European countries.

The shipbroker added that “now, reports suggest that Indian Sellers are witnessing increased inquiry from European buyers on the back of an almost suspension of the Ukraine steel industry and sanctions affecting trade from Russia. India’s steel exports to Europe are limited by the European Union’s steel safeguard quotas, but some industry insiders believe the EU may relax these at some point. With this in mind, price levels from India have increased and look set to remain impressive for the foreseeable future.

Source: Clarkson Platou (Hellas) ltd

There are so many global uncertainties at this precise time due to the conflict and we are seeing several Owners withdrawing their tonnage from the recycling market to see how sentiment reacts. The concern from the recyclers is the shortage of tonnage will continue further in addition to their emptying yards, therefore optimism for the current firm rates looks set to continue. Everything however hinges on whether a swift resolution to the conflict can be found”, Clarkson Platou Hellas concluded.

In a separate note this week, GMS , the world’s leading cash buyer of ships said that “it was another incredibly firm showing from the sub-continent markets this week, particularly Bangladesh and even a recently resurgent India (who now seem to be competing even more on tonnage), whilst Pakistan misses out on units once again, largely behind on the numbers due to local concerns surrounding the impact of the ongoing war in Ukraine. Except China, local steel plate prices have made some impressive gains across the board in the top recycling international destinations this week, especially in India and Bangladesh. As a result, Alang Buyers have managed to secure the show stopping sale of the week, with a Capesize Bulker being committed for strictly HKC recycling and that too at levels competitive with those from Bangladesh.

Source: GMS,Inc.

Even in Turkey, both import and local steel plate prices have made improvements this week, with levels for all types of tonnage now firmly poised past the USD 400/Ton barrier – a first in memorable history. Meanwhile, Chattogram continues to lead the way with some of the best rates witnessed in the sub-continent since the shipping boom of 2008, during which, the world saw recycling prices exceed USD 800/LDT. However, there seems little danger of that feat being repeated once again (at least for now). Commodity prices have also surged during this bleak time of conflict and the cost to operate / deliver a vessel for recycling has also risen exponentially, primarily due to soaring oil prices that are now positioned well above USD 100 / barrel (at the time of writing). The supply of vessels may cool off going into the second quarter of the year due to rising Tanker rates and continuing firm Dry Bulk income – unless those vessels that have SS / DD due imminently and BWTS installations required, that may make them uneconomical to continue trading”, GMS concluded.
Nikos Roussanoglou, Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

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