Maritime intelligence and credit assessment company, Netherlands-based Dynamar has published a new report on deep-sea ro-ro shipping.
The report focuses on two different types of ships operating in intercontinental waters: conventional ro-ro vessels and vehicle carriers. It also includes an extensive introduction to ro-ro shipping, carrier rankings and profiles of the 15 largest operators in the two sectors and fleet analyses.
As of 1 January 2014, the five largest conventional (deepsea) ro-ro operators (including sisters companies and subsidiaries) combined deployed a fleet of 93 ships with total 2.4 m dwt, constituting 49% of the global deep-sea fleet.
The world’s five largest vehicle carrier operators combined deployed a fleet of 501 PCC, PCTC and LCTC units, with total 2,693,000 ceu (car equivalent unit). Their fleet constitutes a ceu share of 73% of the world’s vehicle carrier fleet.
Over the last five years, 48 new deep-sea ro-ro ships were delivered with 146 such units scrapped, causing the global fleet to shrink by 98 vessels. In the same period, 187 vehicle carriers were demolished while 228 new vessels were launched, a growth of 41 units.
With the existing fleet of vehicle carriers providing space for 3.7m ceu at the start of 2014, carrying capacity is becoming tight. Demand in the US and Europe, with their improving economies, is increasing, further fuelled by China’s growing middle class. Conventional ro-ros then counted just over 320 units, providing an actual carrying capacity of 3.8m dwt.
Dynamar B.V., based in Alkmaar, was established in 1981 in response to a growing demand for professional credit and market reports in the maritime sector. Over the years, the company has expanded its shipping information and consultancy business, establishing offices, agents and correspondents across the world.