Bahrain Shipping Report

Published 02 July 2015

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Bahrain Shipping Report

BMI View: The outlook for Bahrain's shipping sector as a whole is tied to that of its premier maritime facility, the Khalifa bin Salman port. In 2015 , the port, and the industry as a whole, is set to post solid growth as it recovers from the contractions in volumes recorded in 2013. Container throughput at the facility is rising as a result of the massive hike in demand at Saudi Arabian ports.

This is a trend we expect to continue over the medium term, where Bahrain will continue to develop its role as a regional transhipment hub. In part, this expectation is down to our trade outlook for the country. With exports forecast to grow by a mere 1.9% in 2015, and to continue at a similar pace to 2024, we do not see any significant source of export growth until the planned additions to aluminium and refined oil production capacity come online towards the end of the decade. As a result, the shipping sector must rely on transhipment as an avenue for growth. The port of Mina Salman should also see tonnage volumes rise, on the back of demand from an extensive house-building programme under way in Bahrain.

Headline Industry Data

  • Growth in KBSP total tonnage throughput is forecast at 13.1% in 2015, with average annual growth of 10.6% between 2015 and 2019.

  • Growth in KBSP container throughput is forecast at 5.3% in 2015, with an average annual growth of 3.6% over our forecast period to 2019.

  • Real growth in total trade is forecast at 2.9% in 2015.

Key Industry Trends

KBSP Dispute Resolved: A dispute over outstanding storage charges has finally been resolved at the Khalifa bin Salman Port (KBSP). In August 2014, the port operator, APM Terminals (APMT), began withholding and refusing to release containers from the facility if their owners had not settled their outstanding bills.

UASC Names First LNG-Ready Mega Vessel: Gulf-based ocean freight services provider United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has named the first-ever liquefied natural gas-ready mega...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Operational Risk
Industry Forecast
Khalifa bin Salman Port Throughput
Table: Major Ports Data (Bahrain 2012-2019)
Table: Trade Overview (Bahrain 2012-2019)
Table: Key Trade Indicators (Bahrain 2012-2019)
Table: Main Import Partners, 2006-2013
Table: Main Export Destinations, 2006-2013
Market Overview
Bahrain Container Shipping Market Overview
Shipping - Global Industry View
Container Lines To Prosper In 2015
Global Company Strategy
Maersk Line
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Evergreen Line
COSCO Container Lines Company (COSCON)
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Economic Analysis
Table: Bmi Crude Oil Price Forecast
Table: Bahrain - Real Gdp Growth, % Chg Y-O-Y
Table: Bahrain - Main Infrastructure And Industrial Developments
Table: Economic Activity (Bahrain 2010-2019)
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Bahrain 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Bahrain 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Bahrain 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Bahrain 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Bahrain 1990-2025)

The Bahrain Shipping Report has been researched at source and features latest-available data and BMI Research's independent forecasting, critically analysing international transport of dry bulk and containers. The report evaluates the global commodities and trade backdrop, alongside in-depth country-specific analysis of trade prospects. The report also contains company profiles covering leading multinational and national shipping companies and analysis of latest industry news, trends and regulatory developments in Bahrain.

BMI's Bahrain Shipping Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the shipping industry in Bahrain.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent shipping industry forecasts for Bahrain to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Bahraini shipping market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Bahrain through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments.
  • Exploit the latest competitive intelligence and company SWOTS on your competitors and peers including multinational and national companies.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering shipping, major investments and projects and significant multinational and national company developments.

SWOT Analysis

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of the state's shipping sector, which carefully evaluates the short- and medium-term issues facing the industry.

Market Overview

Analysis of the capacity, terminals and planned development of the major ports in each country, including data on throughput and total tonnage.

Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and macroeconomic indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:

Major port freight throughput (tonnes/teu); overall freight throughput (teu); total imports (US$bn) and exports (US$bn).

Company Profiles

Company profiles include business activities, leading products and services, company strategy, trends and developments and economic performance analysis.

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