May 26 - According to shipping consultancy provider, Dynamar, the top 15 heavy load shipping lines operate just over 80 percent of the worldwide fleet of such vessels.
Dynamar's Breakbulk IV - Operators, Fleets and Markets report provides a review of changes at the top 15 heavy lift shipping lines over the course of the the last two years.
Boskalis-owned Dockwise is ranked as the largest heavy load specialist carrier by deadweight capacity - a position it has retained since it acquired Fairstar in 2012.
Dockwise joins OHT, Cosco Heavy Transport, Combi Lift, CCCC-ISC and RollDock as operators exclusively involved in the exploitation of semi-submersible ships; while Zhen Hua, ZPMC-Red Box and TPI Mega Line deploy both semi-submersible vessels and open deck ships.
NYK Bulk & Projects Carrier (NBPC), Dongbang Transport Logistics, CJ Korea Express and BigRoll (the joint venture between BigLift and RollDock) operate only non-submersible, gearless open deck ships; while the remaining lines - BigLift, SAL and Jumbo Shipping - deploy geared multipurpose heavy lift vessels.
Jumbo Shipping beats its rivals in terms of heavy lift capacity with its two latest units, which were delivered in 2014 and 2015 and have lifting capabilities of 3,000 tonnes each.
Since Dynamar's previous report in 2013, newcomers to the table include ZPMC-Red Box, NBPC and RollDock. They replace STX Pan Ocean, NYK-Hinode and Eide Marine, which have dropped out of the rankings.
The current ships on order reflect a share of 24.7 percent of the existing worldwide fleet, while the section of the fleet over 25 years old stands at 36.2 percent. This imbalance means that there will not be enough newbuildings to replace those ships prone to demolition, and the worldwide heavy load fleet will contract, says Dynamar.
The full report will be available here.