From his perch in Bermuda, Gary Vogel sees “a positive” hurricane approaching the dry bulk market.

Scott Bergeron talks about throwing “cold water”.

And Morten Arntzen is simply wary of any trend that’s unanimously forecast by Norwegian equity analysts.

Those were among the varied reactions to prospects of an IMO 2020 rates boost from shipowners on the opening panel at TradeWinds’ International Shipping Forum in Bermuda today.

Eagle Bulk chief executive Vogel, who is fitting most of his bulker fleet with exhaust gas “scrubbers,” appeared to be the most bullish on the impending market boost.