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Ship Recycling Market Update: Mixed Signals and a Greener Future

Ship Recycling Market Update: Mixed Signals and a Greener Future

The ship recycling industry is facing a complex situation with positive and negative forces at play. Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

urning the attention to ‘Green Recycling’, an amendment to the European Waste Ship regulation has entered into force earlier this month basis which and subject to fulfilment of specified conditions, end of life ships could be sent from OECD to non-OECD countries for recycling. Meaning there is a possibility that end-of-life EU flagged ships as well as end of life ships from EU waters can be sent to countries like, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and others for recycling (subject to certain conditions). This us unlikely to have an immediate impact as its expected such regulations will on coming to force from 2027 onwards.

Tonnage Shortage: Ship breakers, the companies that dismantle old ships, are struggling to find enough vessels to keep their businesses running smoothly. This lack of “tonnage” is a major concern for the industry.

India’s Rise, Bangladesh’s Dip: The report by Banchero Costa highlights a shift in dominance. India’s ship recycling market is improving, potentially surpassing Bangladesh, the current leader. This is due to several factors:

  • Unstable Bangladeshi Market: The devaluation of their currency (Taka) against the US Dollar has weakened their position.
  • Positive Outlook for India: Upcoming elections and expectations of a third term for Prime Minister Modi’s party are creating optimism. This translates to anticipated growth in steel demand and a stable financial environment, making India a more attractive destination.

Greener Recycling on the Horizon: A new amendment to the European Waste Ship Regulation allows, under specific conditions, for European ships to be recycled in non-OECD countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. This could be a significant development in the future, although immediate impacts aren’t expected until 2027.

Steel Market Dynamics: The global steel production picture is mixed. While China, a major producer, saw a significant decrease, India and Germany experienced growth. Despite a production dip in several other countries, the World Steel Association still forecasts a rise in steel demand this year and next.

Oil Price Slump: Oil prices are experiencing a multi-month low due to concerns about high US interest rates potentially reducing demand. This could have a ripple effect on the ship recycling industry as it affects the overall economic climate.

Market Conditions by Region:

  • India: The market is strong with rising prices driven by robust local demand for steel and positive post-election expectations.
  • Bangladesh: A slight downturn with values dropping. Market correction is expected after the upcoming budget announcement. Reduced buyer interest is currently dampening activity.
  • Pakistan: Stable but unchanged market with participants cautiously awaiting updates from their upcoming budget review.
  • Turkiye: The market remains stable with no significant changes, but participants are actively seeking new ship recycling opportunities.

Overall, the ship recycling market is in a state of flux. While a lack of tonnage and a declining oil price are challenges, India’s rise as a leader and the potential for greener recycling practices in the future offer some promising signs.

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