Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Value of Vessels Predicted with Tankers Favoured as an Investment

Specialist Analysts Look at Market Rates
Shipping News Feature
UK – WORLDWIDE – VesselsValue, the online site which quotes current, historical and future market rates for craft ranging from containerships, dry and bulk tankers and gas carriers to superyachts, has released its analysis of worthwhile investments in the tanker market which it says offers offer the most promising investment overall, as most large crude tankers still have significant upside remaining based on an analysis of expected market trends over the next several years.

Predicting the recovery in asset prices involves many factors, and the current strength of spot market returns, or term hire rates are only a part of the story. Value investors still have plenty of opportunities to acquire prime aged assets at a significant discount to their expected future market value according to the analysis company.

Vessel specific forecasts give a much better view of the expected asset value performance, but the trend in five year old asset values is a good starting point when looking for discounted shipping according to the London headquartered group which takes the following line for vessel types on its prediction for that top investment target group:

  • Handysize Bulkers – Lagging other bulker segments, but tonne mile demand for these units remains on a gradual upwards slope
  • Panamax Container Vessels – The removal of a significant number of older ships has preserved the value of prime age and fuel-efficient vessels
  • LR1 Tankers – The large clean product tanker segment has seen a tough market environment over the past several years due to the large growth in vessel supply
  • Aframax Tankers – Aframaxes have suffered from changes in trade patterns, but remain the workhorses of the crude tanker fleet, and the average age of the fleet on the water remains high. Rates should recover as older units come out of service, preserving the value of a five-year-old ship