The container shipping sector derives many of its characteristics from the dual but separate nature of the freight and charter markets, and 2018 so far has seen some distinctly ‘two-tier’ trends in the box shipping space, with freight and charter rates experiencing a clear difference in performance. What has caused that to happen, and how likely is it to be sustained?

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Shipping market watchers tend to keep a keen eye on prices for younger vessels, with indicators such as the ratio of newbuild to 5 year old prices often key to views on asset play. But decisions towards the end of a ship’s life are important too, and looking at the ratio between secondhand and scrap prices for vessels of an older vintage may help to illuminate the choices facing shipowners.

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With the industry hoping for better “grades” after the “effort” of recent years, this week’s Analysis updates our half year shipping report showing a ClarkSea Index up 9% y-o-y but still below trend since the financial crisis (see Graph of the Week). After comments of “must do better” and “showing potential” in recent years, do the statistics suggest “extra classes” will again be needed over the summer holidays?

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Since 1.73m bpd of oil output cuts were orchestrated by OPEC in November 2016, oil prices have risen from under $50/bbl to $70-$80/bbl, stimulating the upstream sector but making for a gloomy backdrop to challenged tanker markets in the last 18 months. With this context in mind and following the latest OPEC meeting, it is worth looking in detail at some of the ways OPEC policy has been influencing oil markets…

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The last few months have seen increasing friction surrounding trade globally, with the US and China in particular making headlines for announcing proposals to introduce new import tariffs. These developments have raised concerns over a potential negative impact on seaborne trade volumes, but how much trade could actually be affected? The devil is in the detail, so this week’s Analysis takes a closer look…

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West Africa, which accounts for 16% of global offshore oil production, has been perhaps the most challenged region in the offshore downturn. Rig utilisation, for example, fell to a lower level (48%) than in any other region. But with oil prices currently back in the $70-$80/bbl range, there are some signs that things could be picking up, not least Total’s recent FID at the $1.2bn Zinia Ph.2 deepwater project off Angola.

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From one viewpoint, given the huge range of companies involved, the ownership of the world fleet can look quite fragmented. But from another, the prominence of larger owners who account for the majority of tonnage is quite clear too. Upon closer inspection however, some sectors appear proportionally more likely to be home to the bigger, more diversified players than others.

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