After the dramatic disruption of 2020, offshore oil and gas markets are seeing slightly improved activity, utilisation and sentiment edge into the market. Extracted from our upcoming Offshore Review & Outlook, this week’s Analysis profiles these trends alongside continued challenges. And as the focus on energy transition and de-carbonisation intensifies, offshore wind continues its exciting growth phase.

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Connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Panama Canal has been an important waterway for global shipping since the inaugural transit in 1914, and the opening of new, expanded locks in 2016 enabled larger vessels to transit. Today, vessel movements data allows us to track transits on a day-to-day basis, providing insight on specific trends at the Panama Canal, as well as at a sector and macro level.

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On a number of occasions this year (see SIW 1,475 and SIW 1,467) we have reported on our cross-segment ClarkSea Index marking new milestones, including reaching the highest level since September 2008, before the financial crisis, back in May. Since then, the ClarkSea Index has recorded even more notable gains, and at the end of August stood in the top 2% of all values recorded over the last 30 years.

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Global seaborne trade has seen a strong rebound in 2021 so far; volumes were up c.4% y-o-y across Jan-July, according to our Monthly Global Seaborne Trade Indicator. However, with recent y-o-y trends distorted by significant short-term swings in trade last year, taking a look at our selection of volume indicators helps to track the progress so far on the road to regaining pre-pandemic trade levels…

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The West African OSV sector was among the hardest-hit by the impacts of Covid-19 on the offshore oil and gas industry in 2020. However, against the backdrop of tight supply, regional market conditions have clearly improved in 2021. With large PSV dayrates now at their highest level since 2015 in West Africa, this month’s Analysis reviews the swift evolution of the sector’s fortunes over the past 18 months.

West Africa: PSV Shortage Generates Rate Momentum…

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Having fluctuated only fairly moderately through most the 2010s, the value of the world shipping fleet has risen sharply in 2021 so far to reach an estimated ~$1.2 trillion. Alongside longer-term trends, this notable uptick has largely been driven by increasing asset values, with impressive market conditions in key sectors pushing vessel prices upwards and also impacting the distribution of value across the fleet.

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Covid-19 has created some huge challenges for the shipping industry, but the shipping markets have seen an impressive rebound and notable “disruption upside”. Since the onset of the pandemic we’ve reported on some extraordinary market dynamics, including some spectacular earnings this year and major asset price swings. This week we put this in the context of returns seen on pre-crisis investments.

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The last few years have seen lower volumes of recycling out of the global fleet for a variety of reasons, and remarkably strong markets in some sectors, added to Covid-19 related disruption, have kept volumes subdued in 2021. However, one part of the fleet has become a more common sight at breaking yards, as tough markets, despite recent improvements, have led to increased offshore vessel scrapping.

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We have previously reported that 1H 21 was the best first half for our ClarkSea Index vessel earnings indicator since 2008. Meanwhile, ship prices from newbuild, through secondhand to scrap have also set an impressive pace this year, in many cases moving well beyond start 2020 pre-Covid levels. Here we take a look at a range of price indicators to examine the scale of some of the upward swings.

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One year ago, we profiled the emergence of a ‘pause’ in growth in the LNG sector, with Covid-19 having dampened energy demand, seaborne LNG trade, gas prices and project sanctioning. However, buoyed initially by a cold winter, LNG trade bounced back firmly in late 2020, and 2021 so far has seen a return to more positive trends across the sector, with long-term growth potential still encouraging.

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