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New Publication: The Bulk Carrier Register 2016

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Clarkson's Bulk Carrier Register is a comprehensive directory to bulk carriers, ore carriers and combination carriers of 10,000 dwt and over, including vessels confined to the Great Lakes.

The Register is organized in four sections: 

I. Statistical tables and graphs depicting the evolution and technical character of the bulk carrier fleet, changes occurring in 2015 (losses, scrappings, orders, deliveries, name changes, etc.).

II. Ship finder and ship ex-name finder indexes grouped by deadweight capacity and type (open-hatch bulk carriers, self-dischargers, conbulkers, log-fitted bulk carriers, Great Lakes only bulk carriers, etc.).

III. Detailed information on each vessel – name and ownership; registry; builder; year of construction; class/type; hull dimensions and classification; tonnages (DWT, gross tons,  etc.); grain capacity; propulsion; bunkers; and other details such as hatches/holds and cargo handling gear.

IV. A directory to owners and their fleets.

Other notable features include an introductory analysis of the bulk carrier market in 2015 and a glossary of bulk ship terminology.

Clarkson’s data show that as of January 1, 2016, the world bulk fleet consisted of 10,662 ships with a total capacity of nearly 776.1 million deadweight tons, representing increases in fleet size and deadweight capacity of 2.1 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively, from the year before.

Clarkson notes that the dry bulk trade contracted in 2015 for the first time since 2009, in great part due to reduced demand for iron ore and coal resulting from the Chinese economic slowdown. Looking ahead, Clarkson warns that "severe oversupply in the dry bulk market and weak expectations for demand growth make the outlook for the short-term appear extremely challenging."

View a profile of the existing world fleet and bulk carriers on order as of January 1, 2016.

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