Out of the scheduled deliveries, only 1,220 have hit the water so far this year, meaning 50% of the 2017 orderbook is outstanding as the final nine weeks of the year approach.
VesselsValue data shows that almost 70% of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers, which were set to join the fleet, were delivered to their owners, followed by bulkers at around 68% of delivered ships, as tankers took third place with around 63% of these ships handed over so far this year.
Over half of container ships on order joined the fleet so far, followed by liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers at around 49% of the ships delivered. Small dry ships saw a slightly lower delivery pace as some 44% of these units were delivered, while reefer deliveries fulfilled only 33% of their orderbook.
The offshore vessels sector witnessed the lowest deliveries of the scheduled fleet. Namely, almost 90% of all scheduled deliveries for mobile offshore drilling units still needs to be handed over, around 80% of offshore supply vessels are left to join the fleet, while over 70% of offshore construction ships remain to be delivered in 2017.
As vessel deliveries typically slow down towards the end of the year, many sectors “can expect a high proportion of the orderbook to hit the water in future years,” VeselsValue said.
“If the owners wait a few weeks, allowing the delivery to slip into the new year, the vessel is considered a whole year younger.”
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