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Freight Rate Forecast

Finding Stability in a Volatile Market

To provide the maritime, energy, financial, and insurance industries with an overview of the challenges faced by companies moving crude oil around the world, and the impact these will make on potential earnings as expressed as freight rates.

  • Overview
  • Investment & Planning
  • Competitive Intelligence

Increasing regulation of the energy and maritime industries is making it harder to structure strategic business decisions. Ship owners and investors have to become much better at understanding net asset values and the strengths and weaknesses of balance sheets, while commercial chartering departments need to master the art of risk management. The key to generating higher revenue and controlling costs is to know where the business is in the market cycle. IHS believes competitive advantage in an uncertain world is a function of data + analysis + insight; a formula that has already been a game-changer for many industries.

IHS offers insight on freight rates in the short- and medium-term, enabling users to strengthen the balance sheet, gain tighter control of the business, and secure a stable platform in a volatile shipping market. Moreover, improved forecasting will gain the confidence of bankers and other investors, who provide the liquidity the industry depends upon.

Key issues facing the shipping industry

  • Maximizing earnings potential
  • Cost management
  • Over-exposure - risks vs commercial
  • Over-capacity / Shipyard capacity
  • Governance - Capital markets
  • Fragmented market (No./size of owners)
  • Small decision window to charter/invest

IHS Freight Rate Forecast components can address the following investment and planning decisions depending on your needs on a commercial or strategic level:

  • Where are you on the cycle?
  • Own or charter a vessel?
  • How to leverage data/insight?
  • How is my balance sheet looking?

IHS Fleet Capacity Forecast components can address the following strategic and competitive decisions depending on your needs on a commercial or strategic level:

  • Cycle earnings maximization
  • Mitigate balance sheet risk
  • Inform Net Asset Value of company
  • Maximize fleet utilisation
  • Spot market exposure insight
  • Sector diversification insight
  • Maintenance schedules

We were also able to leverage data and insight from Economics and Country Risk and Energy Insight to build a complete package that is very difficult to match including:

  • Makes sense of market behaviour, patterns and relative influence
  • Speed of information flow to you
  • Independent source of intelligent insight

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