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Maritime CEO Forum: Chemical tankers picked to appreciate most in next two years

Dr Adam Kent, managing director of UK consultants Maritime Strategies International (MSI), kicked off this year’s Maritime CEO Forum in Hong Kong with a quickfire Q&A session in which he picked out larger, stainless steel chemical tankers as among the ships likely to appreciate most in the next two years.

On China, Kent was bullish on growing ton/mile demand for tankers he was less optimistic on the dry bulk side where he saw a slowdown in Chinese imports in the coming years.

Kent called the bottom of the tanker sector, albeit it was likely to “bumble” along the bottom for a while.

“On the tanker side, we will be stay at the bottom for a while. We have seen the crude tanker one-year TC rate start to climb up which shows positivity,” Kent said, noting how the VLCC sector this year will see negative fleet growth for the first time since 2002.

On scrubbers, a topic that featured prominently througout today’s forum, Kent said owners should either install them from day one, if they are confident there will be a difference of fuel prices, or for the more cautious wait three or four years to let the dust settle as he said there’s still a few issues with the technology.

Splash will be carrying reports from the Maritime CEO Forum all week.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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