The Chinese ship recycling market looks set to end the year with minimal international sales and with a recent historical low on prices.
Once more, it was grim reading in terms of levels being offered (with only low USD 200s per LT LDT workable from local yards) as state owners continue to exploit the generous state subsidies and deliver their vessels to Chinese yards (150/GRT premium on the scrap price with a further 150/GRT discount on a corresponding new building).
Leaders have recently been criticized for the scheme, which has not been aimed at rebalancing the world fleet, but more to keep Chinese yards and workforces busy domestically (to spur domestic growth).
Source: steel guru. 09 Dec 2014http://www.steelguru.com/international_news/GMS_weekly_report_on_China_ship_breaking_industry_for_WEEK_49/354026.html