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"Growth as usual," one could say looking at the figures describing the Baltic seaports' turnover for the past two years.
The 12 months of 2014 were like preparing for a race while running at the same time.
Besides last year's main highlights as well as the SECA-infused affairs, in 2014 LNG sprouted all over the BSR, both in terms of infrastructure and ship investments. A lot happened in shipyards, on railways and in cabinets, too.
With the last New Year's Eve confetti touching the ground, the 0.1% sulphur limit in ships' fuel will officially become the new shipping paradigm in Emission Control Areas.
Another year has passed and the Baltic dry bulk and liquids markets are pretty much the same with slight, yet meaningful, changes here and there.
When talking about both the Baltic and worldwide container markets, last year one major fact stuck out from the business-as-usual course of events: the so-called P3 Network, "formed" by the three largest container carriers.
One might say that 2013 and the first few months of this year passed under the common title “business as usual”, however, it can be seen that many actions were SECA-propelled.
Dry bulk seems to be the easiest maritime cargo category to grasp because in most cases it uses straightforward tools in the transport & logistics chain. However, the further you go, the darker it gets.
The world is still propelled by oil no matter how much is said on the topic of alternative energy sources. An electric car and feasible solar cells are still far in the pipeline.