In second place came ship owners based in the UK, with a total investment of $2.14 billion, while the Chinese ship owners came in third, as they invested $1.59 billion. Globally, ship owners during 2015 bought 1,351 ships in the S&P market, with a total deadweight capacity of over 90 million dwt, versus 1,523 ships of 93.82 million dwt a year ago.
The total value of the traded vessels stood at $28.3 billion versus $25.8 billion a year ago, although not all deal details have been made owners bought twice as much bulkers as tankers, but at a lower cost. According to Allied’s data, owners acquired 156 dry bulk carriers for a total investment of $2.17 billion, 82 tankers for a total of $3 billion and 27 container ships worth $524 million.
They also bought 11 Gas carriers for a total price of $1.29 billion. In total the number of vessels acquired stood at 287 out of the 1,351 which were traded worldwide. Their share of the global SnP market for 2015 stood at 14.18% which is the highest and represents an increase versus the 12.8% market share of 2014.It’s worth noting that Greek owners were responsible for the 38.18% of dry bulk carriers acquired (in dwt terms), against a similar share of 34.13% last year.
In the tanker segment, they also bought 25.11% of the dwt capacity which was sold globally, versus 22.4% the year course, shipowners from Greece were also sellers in the S&P market. In total, they sold 174 ships for a total price of $3.5 billion, which means their net investments in the secondhand market stood at approximately $3.5 billion, which led to a net addition of 113 ships to the Hellenic-owned fleet.
Owners sold 104 dry bulk carriers for little over $1 billion, as well as 50 tankers for a total consideration of $2 billion.
NEWBUILDINGS In the newbuilding markets, shipbrokers estimate that Greek ship owners placed orders for a total of 135 new vessels, with an aggregate capacity of 15.52 million dwt. This equates to a market share of 29.6% of the global newbuilding market, versus 26.2% a year before. During 2014, they had placed orders for 160 newbuildings with a capacity of 16.5 million dwt.
The majority of these orders were for tankers, as the dry bulk orders stood at just 19, versus 56 in 2014. On a global basis, ship owners ordered 2,184 ships of 107.13 million dwt. It was a notable decrease versus the previous year (2014), when they had ordered a total of 3,483 ships, with a total capacity of 128.1 million dwt. Again, orders for dry bulk carriers stood at just 306, versus 795 a year back.
Source: Nikos Roussanoglou - http://maritimecyprus.com