When your business is on the water, knowing the value of your assets is a vital part of understanding your company's bottom line. But understanding the process of marine vessel valuation can seem like a much more complicated process. However, when you're working with an experienced certified equipment appraiser, the process is much more seamless. Here's a quick look into how the valuation of marine vessels works, whether you're looking at barges, ships, tow boats or any other type of marine vessel.
What exactly is involved in Marine Vessel Valuation?
A few decades ago, the value of a marine vessel was simple to determine - it was what you could get for it on the open market. But today's connected world has opened up new options, and with those options have come new ways to calculate the overall value of your marine vessels in a wide range of specific circumstances. This allows you a greater level of flexibility in determining what your marine vessel is worth based on your needs.
To start, a certified equipment appraiser will take a solid look at your marine vessel, in terms of the manufacturer, model and condition. If it is in good shape, it will be expected to last much longer than a similar vessel that has been abused or poorly maintained, and that superior condition is reflected in a higher overall value. The manufacturer's reputation and the performance and popularity of that specific model will also come into play, with better reputation, performance and popularity driving a higher overall value.
The next aspect of the vessel's value that will fall under consideration is the reason for valuing the equipment. If the vessel must be sold quickly to pay for other business debts, it's not unexpected that the vessel will sell for a lower value than if the vessel is sold to the right buyer at the right time or held onto while being used as collateral for a business loan. There are some circumstances where the vessel's value must be determined in a specific way, typically when it's being used as proof of value in a court of law.
The third aspect of determining the value of marine vessels is the market conditions. As an example, when trade is booming, cargo ships hold a much higher value than when the economy is poor and the vessels are not as strongly in demand for trade. However, just because trade is poor in one part of the world where you typically do business doesn't mean that you need to settle for a low price. A good equipment appraiser will take these factors into account and determine if there are other areas where your marine vessels would command a higher value, allowing you to capitalize on good trade in other areas.
By having a better understanding of how marine vessel valuation works, you'll have a better idea of what to expect when you're ready to have your marine vessel assets appraised. This allows you to ensure that your business books are accurate and up to date, so that you can leverage the value of those assets to grow your business into a promising new future. However, make sure that you're working with a certified equipment appraiser to ensure that the figures and calculations are accurate and can hold up well in a wide range of situations well into the future.