Deutsche Reeder sehen hoffnungsvoll in die Zukunft ?

Die Pläne von Bundesverkehrsminister Dobrindt zur Änderung der Schiffsbesetzungsverordnung (SchBesV) halte ich für kontraproduktiv und widersinnig. Diese sehen vor die Mindestanzahl der europäischen Seeleute von derzeit vier auf zwei zu reduzieren. Die Position des Schiffsmechanikers soll abgeschafft werden. Eine solche Änderung der SchBesV wird grundsätzlich dazu führen, dass Arbeitsplätze und das für die ganze maritime Branche notwendige Know-how langfristig verloren gehen.
Drewry’s 2Q14 Container Forecaster highlights that there is a widening gap between the positive financials of the few carriers really focused on cutting costs and the rest of the top 20 lines, as they battle with the pressure of falling freight rates.

Drewry forecasts that once again, average freight rates will be lower than in the previous year. Drewry estimates that on the headhaul transpacific trade alone, carriers have given away in the region of $1.25 billion in annual revenue via the lower annual contracts they signed with Beneficial Cargo Owner clients in May. They also signed new annual contracts on the Asia-Europe trade earlier in the year at levels of around $150-$200 per 40ft container lower than in 2013. On the positive side, they may have secured base cargoes to fill their ships at a low price. But this puts more pressure on carriers to try and recover revenue from the spot market. Drewry believes that volatility in the spot market will remain high this year. mehr