Confidence within the global shipping industry on the rise?
Overall, confidence in the shipping industry fell in the past three months to its lowest level for two and half years, according to the latest shipping confidence survey conducted by the UK branch of the US-headquartered shipping consultancy BDO.
Yet owners, charterers and managers were more confident than they were at the time of the previous survey in May 2019. The average confidence level recorded by the survey in the three months to end-August 2019 was 5.8 out of a possible maximum of 10.0. This compares to the figure of 6.1 recorded for the quarter ended May 2019.
Confidence was highest in the chartering sector (up from 6.2 to 7.0), while the increased ratings for owners and managers were from 6.3 to 6.4 and from 5.8 to 5.9, respectively. The rating for brokers, however, was down from 5.7 to 5.1.
Confidence was up in Asia from 6.0 to 6.8 – the highest figure for this region since the survey was launched in May 2008 with an overall rating for all respondents in all geographical areas of 6.8 out of 10.0. The rating for Europe, however, was down, from 6.1 to 5.7. (fd)