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Ship Recycling Heats Up in South Asia: But Concerns Linger

Ship Recycling Heats Up in South Asia: But Concerns Linger
A partially broken down ship at Alang shipyard

Ship Recycling Heats Up in South Asia: But Concerns Linger

Busy Week for Subcontinent Recyclers

This past week brought a surprising turn of events for ship recycling yards in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. According to cash buyer GMS, there was a sudden increase in activity compared to recent weeks, measured by the number of ship sales based on Light Displacement Tonnage (LDT). This surge in demand created a scramble among local recyclers who competed fiercely for available vessels, driving prices higher.

Dreams of Discounted Deals Fade Away

The recent flurry of activity comes after a period of sluggish demand. With fewer ships available for purchase, GMS reports that any hopes of securing discounted deals on ship recycling are unlikely to materialize shortly.

Lower Quality Ships Frustrate Recyclers

The market has been flooded with low-quality tonnage, particularly smaller, older ships built in China and currently inactive (laid up). The abundance of these less desirable vessels has frustrated recyclers who are offering progressively lower prices for them. GMS reports that some of these ships are even fetching prices below $500 per ton, a significant drop from past market values.

Yards Facing Potential Closure

The lack of overall activity in the global ship recycling market is causing concern. GMS suggests that some recycling yards, particularly those struggling with low volumes, might be forced to shut down and enter a “vegetative state.” This strategy, of temporarily closing operations, has reportedly helped some yards in Aliaga, Turkey, weather periods of low demand.

Uncertainty in India

The outlook for Indian ship recycling yards remains uncertain. Steel plate prices are fluctuating again, creating instability in the market. Additionally, the recent depreciation of the Indian Rupee and growing anxiety surrounding the upcoming national elections (particularly the possibility of the current ruling party losing) are further dampening the mood.

Pakistan and Bangladesh See Steadier Markets

While the Indian market faces headwinds, the situation appears slightly better in Bangladesh and Pakistan. However, even in these countries, many ship sales are on hold. End buyers, the companies purchasing the recycled materials, are opting to wait and see how the market develops rather than investing in lower-quality tonnage.

Overall, the recent uptick in activity in South Asian ship recycling is a welcome change. However, the abundance of low-quality ships, volatile market conditions in India, and a general wait-and-see approach from buyers are casting a shadow on the industry’s long-term prospects.

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