The LNG sector has seen a number of new records set this year, including soaring gas prices in recent months and the highest ever spot charter rates in early 2021. Against this backdrop, LNG carrier supply trends have been less high profile, but new markers have been reached here too; deliveries in Jan-Sep reached a new high of 8m cbm, pushing LNG carrier fleet capacity to over 100m cbm for the first time.

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Supply chain “bottlenecks” have made international headlines this year, and in SIW 1,481 we profiled the impact of port congestion on containership and bulkcarrier market conditions. This week we return to the subject to take another look at the impact across shipping, using our port congestion indices (see SIN) to provide updated statistics, put the congestion into context, and identify some of the “hotspots”.

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2021 looks set to be a marquee year for shipowners in many sectors, with recent Analysis in SIW 1476 and SIW 1492 exploring the impact of surging containership and bulkcarrier earnings. On the other side of the coin, the recovery in shipping markets has also sparked something of a resurgence in newbuilding activity. After the first three quarters of the year, how are shipbuilders faring so far?

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While the bulkcarrier sector has recorded extremely impressive market gains so far this year, it has generally been upstaged by the containership sector which has seen a ‘perfect storm’ driving record freight and charter rates. However, with Capesize spot earnings surging to almost $70,000/day for the first time in over a decade, the firmest bulkcarrier markets since 2008 are now firmly back in the spotlight…

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Six months on from our last Shipping Review & Outlook, an encouraging market recovery has since developed into a range of exceptional market conditions. And stakeholders across maritime are balancing a focus on returning volumes and management of widespread disruption with an increasing urgency to implement regulation and policy around greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

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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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