Like every other aspect of the shipping landscape, the role of “sell side” equity analysts covering the maritime industry is undergoing a major shift, notably with the discontinuation of coverage by Morgan Stanley in the US.

Where the overall shipping markets play a large role in the fortunes of individual shipping companies, for some the smartest guys in the room are quite often equity analysts. These brainy people work for capital providers who put together transactions that are then sold to institutional and/or retail investors.