Amid extremely depressed global newbuilding commercial ship market, particularly orders for larger ships seem to be struggling harder.
According to Clarkson, a total of 14 newbuilding capesize bulkers of a combined 2.7m dwt were contracted during the first nine months of the year, which represents 72% decrease comparing with 2011's 69 vessels of a cumulative 13.1m dwt, on annualized dwt terms.
Overall new contracts for panamax bulker ranging from 80,000 to 100,000 dwt declined by 62% to 29 vessels of a combined 2.4m dwt, against 100 vessels of a cumulative 8.4m dwt contracted in 2011.
Meanwhile, during the same period, order for 60,000-80,000 dwt bulkers declined by 30% to 52 vessels of a cumulative 3.6m dwt from 2011's 97 vessels of a combined 6.9m dwt. Also, handymax (40,000-60,000 dwt) and handysize (10,000-40,000) saw 43 orders of a combined 2.2m dwt and 61 vessels of a cumulative 2.1m dwt, down by 58% and 37% on 2011, respectively.
As for tankers, eight VLCCs of a combined 2.5m dwt were placed for order from January to September of 2012. The contract activity has increased from three vessels of a combined 1m dwt in 2011, but still remaining in the doldrums.
Also, suezmax tanker (120,000-200,000 dwt) saw five orders of a combined 0.7m dwt, during the same period, which represents 77% decrease from 28 vessels of a cumulative 4.2m dwt on an annualized term. Seven aframaxes (80,000-120,000) of a combined 0.8m dwt were contracted, similar to 2011 with nine orders of a cumulative 1m dwt.
On the other hand, a total of 55 orders of a combined 2.6m dwt were invested in MR product carrier (30,000-60,000), while small-to-medium sized chemical tanker (10,000-60,000) saw 20 orders of a cumulative 1m dwt, comparing with 22 vessels of a combined 0.8m dwt contracted last year.
Particularly, containership segment has met with poor orders in larger size.
In 2011, a total of 113 boxships over 8,000 teu were contracted, but only 20 orders were placed during the first nine months of 2012.
20 vessels of 3,000-8,000 teu medium-size were invested against 74 orders in 2011 and 16 vessels of less than 3,000 teu were contracted during the first nine months of the year, comparing with 57 vessels in 2011.
Meanwhile, as for gas carrier segment, overall 23 LNG carriers were booked from January to September of 2012, falling short of 50 orders from 2011. On the contrary, LPG carrier saw 43 orders, already exceeding 23 vessels contracted last year.
Published : October 26, 2012
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