The Bangladeshi market proved to be the only bright spot in an otherwise gloomy international ship-recycling sector as fresh impetus pushed prices onwards and confidence returned to the buying and bidding in Chittagong.
With India, Pakistan and China, all struggling due to capacities, currencies and ailing steel prices - Bangladesh propped up as the only market with some impressive busing - turning many heads in the process (for deals that may have otherwise been focused into competing locations).
The eye-catching deal of the week concerned Hosco's converted VLCC to VLOC, HEBEI AMBITION (38,720 LDT) was committed for a remarkable USD 480/LT LDT. As always, the ship was reported to be in excellent condition - that makes it SEVEN for the year sold from the North China Shipping stable into the Bangladesh market.
Of course, the question on everybody’s lips is how much longer can Bangladesh sustain this sort of impressive showing? With many of the better end buyers swiftly filling their yards, finance could once again become an issue, and the focus will - as always - have to shift elsewhere.
Source: Steel Guru (Source d from GMS Weekly). 28 April 2012http://www.steelguru.com/indian_news/GMS_weekly_report_on_Bangladesh_ship_breaking_industry_for_WEEK_16_2012/260461.html