#Ports&Shipping –The latest IMDO Weekly Shipping Market Review includes the following stories as detailed below.
Irish Economy: Manufacturing improves - Irish manufacturing firms saw an improvement in overall business conditions in August as new orders grew at the fastest pace in 14 months, according toInvestec's monthly Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI). The PMI posted a 52 headline figure for August, up from 51 the months before. Anything over 50 indicates growth.
Container Market: Fleet growth continues - The size of the global containership fleet has exceeded the 17m TEU mark for the first time as carriers continue to order larger ships to cut operating costs, figures from Alphaliner showed last week. During the first seven months of the year, a total of 147 ships representing 938,500 TEU were delivered. Total deliveries are expected to exceed1.5m TEU in 2013.
Tanker Market: Chemical optimism - The chemical tanker industry is starting to turn the corner after years in the doldrums, according to Lloyd's List. The global trade in chemicals is heavily dependent on the state of the global manufacturing industry. When manufacturing slows, as has been the case in the last few year, the trade in chemicals suffers, which hits the chemical tanker segment.
For more on each of the above and other stories visit the downloadable PDF IMDO Weekly Markets Review (Week 35). In addition to Afloat.ie's dedicated Ports & Shipping News section.