Revenue from the Cypriot ship management industry climbed to €528 million in the second half of 2018, marking an increase of 4.34% compared with the first half of 2018 and 11% compared with the respective period of 2017, according to the Ship Management Survey compiled by the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) and issued today.
Ship management revenue in the second half of 2018 recorded the fifth consecutive increase starting from H1 2016, marking the upswing pushing the sector, while its contribution to Cyprus’ GDP remained steady at 5% due to GDP expansion.
On the global shipping industry’s prospects, the CBC points out that shipping is currently in a transition state following a series of consolidations, corporate restructures and state funding schemes in key maritime markets, while the container and dry bulk shipping markets in particular are currently going through a period of stagnation due to increasing fuel prices, a weakening of global trading conditions and the uncertainty surrounding the US-China trade negotiations. On the upside, conditions are improving in the ship building market, as new orders are being placed in key ship building industries, and the over-capacity observed during the previous years is gradually being reduced, the CBC added.
In H2 2018 revenue from ship under the Cypriot flag tripled amounting to 33% of the total ship management revenue compared with 10% in the first half of the year and 6% in the second half of 2017.
The share of ship management revenue from ships under other registries declined to 67% of total ship management revenue from 90% in the first half of 2018, according to the CBC data.
Germany remains the industry’s biggest market with its share accelerating to 44% in H2 2018, marking a reduction of 3 percentage points compared with H1 2018, followed by Switzerland with 8% from 6% in H1 2018. Ship management revenue from Greece amounted to 6%, while revenue from Singapore climbed to 6% of the sector’s total revenue from 4% in H1 2018.
The sectors expenditure in the second half of 2018 declined by 19 million to €416 million. The majority of ship management spending, namely 64% concerned crew expenses (seafarers wages and training), while 20% of total spending was distributed to administration expenses and the remaining 16% in ship management expenses, the CBC added.
(Cyprus News Agency)