The ongoing Chinese New Year holidays saw minimal activity emanate from China this week. Even though, banks were officially working on Tuesday, most people remained on holiday, in their hometowns for the majority of the week.
In the grand scheme of things, the Chinese absence from the international ship recycling markets has made little difference to the ongoing sub-continent dominance and things are expected to remain the same, post-holidays as well.
However, it will be interesting to see where the Chinese market opens up as there is clearly demand for vessels and if the ongoing supply of state controlled Chinese flagged tonnage subsides, Chinese prices will have to pick up in order to compete and secure their share again.
Source: steel guru. 11 February 2014