Ship Operating Costs Take Tumble

International accountant and shipping consultant Moore Stephens says total annual operating costs in the shipping industry fell by an average of 0.3 per cent in 2013. This compares with the 1.8 per cent average fall in costs recorded for the previous year. Crew costs was the only category this time to show an increase over the 12 month period, indicating that ship owners continued to focus on managing costs and conserving cash in 2013. The findings are set out in OpCost 2014 (, Moore Stephens’ unique ship operating costs benchmarking tool.