Παπαχαραλάμπους, Δημήτριος Ε.
The importance of shipping industry, with the raise of the volume and the value of world trade and the goods which are transported by sea, including the significant fluctuations of freight rates, have increased the interest of freight derivatives in the last decade. The scope of this study is to examine the products of financial derivatives with implementation in the freight markets, the active players and the use of freight derivatives in the dry bulk and tanker sectors and in the container trade. The results of this analysis indicate that freight derivatives are an efficient and flexible tool to manage freight rate risk. It is also observed a significant involvement of companies without an existing exposure in freight markets, adding liquidity to the market.