This week we review scrubber retrofits, tracking the vessels, yards and volume of tonnage involved. As activity ramps up, and with >1% of the fleet on an annualised basis projected to be off hire, shipping market fundamentals may get a helpful boost. But despite this ramp-up, looking ahead will it be long before our LNG fuel capable vessel count (~800 today) matches our scrubber vessel count (~4,000)?

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Those tracking the shipbuilding market spend a lot of time analysing key trends across the major builder countries. But the origin of ships in the world fleet also has implications for the owners, charterers, brokers, financiers, insurers and others who work daily with the active fleet. Here we take a look at how the shifts in the world of shipbuilding have (gradually) filtered through to the fleet over the past 20 years.

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There are many ways to measure the size of the multiple sectors that make up the global shipping fleet of c.97,000 vessels and c.1.4 billion GT. Some of these metrics, including the aforementioned vessel numbers and GT, show the fleet to be weighted more heavily in some areas than others, but there’s another equally important measure which appears to show an uncannily more even spread…

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North West Europe is a key offshore area, accounting for 3.2m bpd of offshore oil production (12% of the global total) and 17.8bn cfd of offshore gas (14%). Whilst 10% of the active jack-up fleet and 23% of the active floating MDU fleet are deployed off North West Europe, these are harsh environment units. The region is also home to c.400 OSVs, or 11% of the fleet, but hosts 30% of all PSVs >4,000 dwt.

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Shipping is often said to provide a good example of classic ‘market mechanics’ in action. Participants react to market conditions, and in turn this contributes to the cyclicality of the business. While factors shaping the demand side are rarely within owners’ control, supply side responses to the state of the shipping markets, including recycling or investment in new tonnage, are often fairly clear…

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The offshore markets have faced some tough times since 2014, with low utilisation and rates causing difficulties for most companies involved in the sector. As SIW has reported, 2019 has seen several offshore markets start to turn the corner. However, offshore is a complex business, with lots of separate niche sectors which have shown varying levels of improvement. So, let’s have a look at the detail.

 

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Container shipping has long been regarded as one of the most consolidated parts of shipping, and in recent years the containership operator scene, following a wave of merger activity, has become more consolidated than ever before. But behind the big headlines and the global context of box shipping, there’s actually a little more to consider.

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