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Yang Ming predicts rare fifth consecutive profitable year



Yang Ming Marine Transports management said at the companys shareholdersmeeting

that the company anticipates 2024 to become a rare fifth straight profitable year.


In 1Q 2024, Yang Mings net profit tripled to US$298 million, a result that exceeded expectations. Yang Mings general manager Patrick Tu said that the Taiwanese liner operators last long profitable stretch was in 2002 to 2008.


Tu said that while 2024 was initially believed to be affected by vessel oversupply, geopolitical factors and the Panama Canal restrictions have increased shipping requirements.


Tu stated, Last year, freight rates fell 83% from 2022, showing that vessel supply exceeds

demand. The Red Sea crisis and the restrictions on navigating the Panama Canal have

absorbed 15% to 20% of shipping capacity, causing freight levels to reach a small peak after 2022.


With the traditional peak season of the third quarter approaching, Tu said oversupply

concerns have evaporated.


He said, Strong demand for 3Q has combined with the Red Sea situation to cause

insufficient ships and containers. I originally thought there would be an oversupply, but I

didnt expect that all of ships would be used, so there arent enough containers. Terminals

along the western part of the Mediterranean Sea have been congested and very busy, a

situation similar to the Covid-19 pandemic. Given all these factors, shipping lines have

started implementing peak season surcharges.


Despite expressing optimism for 2H 2024, Tu cautioned, The market really normalised in

2023 and life cant be a party every day. Yang Mings main European and Transpacific

services are very strong, and there is almost no idle capacity. The key now is to see when

the Red Sea crisis will end; as the Panama Canal situation has eased. The number of ships

passing through has increased every day.


All services affected by the Panama Canal restrictions have resumed, but draught

restrictions are capped at 44 feet, below the standard 50 feet on normal days.


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