• Future Operating Costs Survey

Future Operating Costs Survey 2019

31 October 2019

Our latest survey shows that vessel operating costs are expected to rise by 2.5% in 2019 and by 2.7% in 2020.

Responses to the firm’s latest annual Future Operating Costs Survey revealed that insurance is the cost category likely to increase most significantly in both 2019 and 2020. In the case of protection and indemnity insurance, the predicted increase is 2.0% for each of the years under review, while hull and machinery insurance costs are expected to rise by 1.9% in both 2019 and 2020.

The cost of both dry docking and of repairs and maintenance is expected to increase by 1.8% in 2019 and by 1.9% in 2020, while expenditure on crew wages is predicted to rise by 1.9% in 2019 and by 1.8% in 2020. Other crew costs in those years, meanwhile, are expected to increase by 1.8% and 1.7% respectively. 

The increase in expenditure for spares is expected to be 1.6% in 2019 and 1.8% in 2020. Meanwhile, projected increases in lubricants are 1.6% in each of the two years under review, while those for stores ae 1.3% and 1.4% respectively.

Our survey also looks at costs for:

  • shipping sectors
  • regulatory compliance
  • crew costs
  • finance