Bloomberg survey shows chemical tanker demand to outpace fleet growth

Demand for chemical tankers will increase at more than double the fleet’s pace of expansion next year, according to the median estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

Demand, which the analysts say hinges on global economic growth, will expand 5 percent in 2012 and 5.7 percent in the following year, compared with respective growth rates of 2.3 percent and 2 percent for the fleet, the survey showed.