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Tankers Are Leading Demolition Candidates

Tankers keep on feeding the ship recycling market, as the lackluster tanker market is motivating ship owners to sell some of their vintage tonnage for scrap. In its latest weekly report, shipbroker Clarkson Platou Hellas said that “iron ore prices are in a steep decline on China steel curbs as the Government attempt to slow property markets with a strong emphasis on controlling pollution in general, but also with an eye on the Winter Olympics commencing in January 2022. This therefore could potentially dampen sentiment for the recycling industry due to the concern of local demand for steel and subsequently, the local steel prices. In addition, a high volume of larger LDT tanker units are again being reported sold into the Sub. continental markets and thus there is a hint that some negative sentiment may occur shortly. For the time being, Pakistan is now at the forefront of their competitors and certainly appear willing to outbid their counterparts for any available larger tanker unit. India looks set to seek tonnage requesting HKC Green recycling only and unwilling to compete for tonnage that are not of the ‘Green’ credentials. With almost all the operational recycling yards in Alang being HKC (Hong Kong Convention) compliant, much credit and praise must be heaped on the local recyclers for an incredible achievement, allowing Owners the potential of reselling their aging units to conformable ship recycling yards in the Indian sub. Continent. Bangladeshi recyclers still have demand on the back of increasing infrastructure projects. This therefore should help indications to remain competitive for the foreseeable future”, the shipbroker said.

Source: Clarkson Platou (Hellas) ltd

Meanwhile, Allied Shipbroking added this week that “the tanker sector continues to be the main feedstock for the ship recycling market in the Indian Sub-Continent. This past week we saw several tankers being sent for recycling, a trend that is expected to remain robust, nourished by the still attractive scrap prices and the uninspiring freight earnings being earned. Bangladesh seems to have been able to attract once again several candidates, despite the presumed pressure that domestic players are facing over the current offered prices and the already amassed stockpile.

Source: Allied Shipbroking

The plunge noted in iron ore prices has again mounted concerns in the country, as well as the rest of the Indian Sub-Continent, over an imminent market correction being on the horizon. In India, breakers are still focusing on HKC green recycling, with the improved fundamentals in the country having been able to entice some owners. However, the country remains behind competition in terms of demolition activity and there is a fair gap for domestic breakers to cover in order to reach their competition. In Pakistan, the number of deals that emerged last week remained relatively low, albeit interest was again vivid, given the healthy sentiment and the attractive prices on offer. We expect more businesses to come to light in the coming weeks”, Allied noted.

In a separate note this week, GMS , the world’s leading cash buyer of ships said that “despite the recent downturns in the sub-continent markets, which have seen prices correct by as much as USD 25/Ton of late, levels still remain at historically impressive highs across the sub-continent markets. Not since the glory days of 2008 have we seen prices so high (when the USD 800/LDT mark was breached). Notwithstanding, levels in the mid USD 600s/LDT are still very impressive and are certainly the highest we have seen for nearly 12 years now. Yet, despite the pessimism from End Buyers, there is a permeating impression from some of the industry players that levels are here to stay through Q4! Meanwhile, steel plate prices across the sub-continent remain volatile and have depreciated across the board.

Source: GMS,Inc.

In India, plate prices fell mid-week, only to recover a little by the time the week ended. The Pakistani market also played itself out like India, with steel dipping momentarily through the week. In Bangladesh however, the story was different as levels declined and stayed down throughout the week. On the contrary in the West, the Turkish market remained steady, with local steel plate prices firming marginally, and interest on units persevering. As the end of the year dawns and despite the jerky movement in plate prices, there seems little to suggest that the market would see an imminent collapse in price, despite End Buyers generally being more tentative with their offers of late. Yet, no one really knows. Covid-19 of course remains an ever-present concern, and particularly for the Far Eastern market, where deliveries are being thwarted by the ongoing spread of the Delta variant”, GMS concluded.
Nikos Roussanoglou, Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

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