The demand for chemicals shipped on a global basis is ultimately driven by global GDP and population growth, both of which are forecasted to continue to grow in the coming years. Outside of the macroeconomic are some microeconomic and technical drivers affecting the market, especially from a coatings perspective, explains Andy Hopkinson, Managing Director – Safinah Group

One option for improved performance is more collaborative working between each of the parties; ship owners and charterers working with paint companies to bring new technologies to market, and to guide coatings through the real-life practicalities of field application versus laboratory testing.

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