Greek Owners Invest $3.4 Billion in Dry bulk Vessel Acquisitions During 2016

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Since the BDI’s low of 290 points in February this year, the index has recovered to above 1200 points.

Focusing in on the European fleet, a more valuable fleet at the year-end has been supported by new deliveries and European owners being net sellers.  In 2016 owners in Europe and Russia took sales revenue of USD 2.2 billion from bulker transactions; on the buy side, they spent USD 3.4 billion throughout the year taking advantage of the low asset prices experienced after the slump.  Greek owners were the most active in sale and purchase spending over USD 2.2 billion on dry bulk in 202 transactions.  The largest sector in which they invested was the panamax sector spending USD 728 million on 63 vessels.

Asian owners have spent USD 1.6bn on 2nd hand vessels, 27.5% of global spending throughout the year.  Taking delivery of 303 of the 759 bulkers built this year means their average age has fallen by almost a year.  This makes the Asian fleet more modern and valuable than it was 12 months ago despite a turbulent 2016.

With a spend of only USD 250m, North and South American owners have been net sellers offloading USD 683m in assets.  Around 7.9% of the fleet has been scrapped in 2016 but low deliveries and spending mean average age has fallen by 0.4 years and 6.9% has been wiped of the value of the Americas fleet.

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Source: Vesselsvalue

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