SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

October 06, 2011 08:16 ET

General Maritime and Horizon Lines Brace for Rocky Fourth Quarter

The Paragon Report Provides Equity Research on General Maritime and Horizon Lines

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 6, 2011) - Shipping companies of all types could be in for a rocky fourth quarter. Drybulk shippers continue to negotiate a massive oversupply of ships, while oil transporters and container shippers face a downturn in demand. The Paragon Report examines the outlook for companies in the Shipping Industry and provides investment research on General Maritime Corporation (NYSE: GMR) and Horizon Lines, Inc. (NYSE: HRZ). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

Earlier this week, an article courtesy of The Financial Times argued that the recent strength in the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) could suggest that fears of an Asian slowdown are overdone. The BDI has risen 52 percent over the last month or two as China has continued to suck in unprecedented quantities of iron ore and coking coal.

There is a danger that the BDI's monumental run could be short-lived, however. Reports from Reuters state that the dry bulk fleet -- responsible for shipping iron ore, coal and other commodities -- is expected to grow 13 percent this year to top a record 600 million deadweight tonnes despite demand rising by just 5 to 8 percent.

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Oil Transporters are also bracing for a downturn in use. In North America and Europe, oil demand is way down. Western countries already were expecting to see declining demand as their economies struggle to grow. Those concerns grew last Wednesday when the U.S. reported unexpectedly large crude supplies and weak gasoline demand.

In the container shipping segment, the outlook is even worse. Sunny Ho, executive director of Hong Kong Shippers Council, warns that the world's container shipping market may remain bleak for the rest of the year, after seeing shipping rates halved in the third quarter as western buyers tighten their purse strings amid growing fears of a global recession. The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SFCI) for European routes tumbled 56 percent to an average of $807.86 per 20-foot-equivalent unit (TEU) in the third quarter from $1,842.67 in the same period last year.

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