Every year, readers of the Shipping Intelligence Weekly are invited to submit their predictions of the value of the ClarkSea Index at the start of November the following year, with the closest forecast winning a case of champagne. Shipping’s notorious volatility always makes this an interesting exercise, but with significant market shifts over recent weeks, how did last year’s entrants get on?

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Shipping is a truly global business, with a fleet of almost 100,000 merchant vessels connecting the world’s largest economies and more remote corners of the globe through a network of over 5,000 port locations. However, with hugely varied trading patterns between different shipping sectors, some segments of the fleet are clearly more ‘well-travelled’ than others…

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The Middle East is a significant yet mature area of offshore oil production, accounting for some 28% of global offshore supply from a range of fields, some of which have been producing since as early as the 1950s. A smaller part of the global offshore investment story historically, the region has come to the fore in 2019 as a number of large projects have reached FID in a still challenging global offshore market.

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With IMO 2020, fuel economics and carbon targets firmly at the top of the shipping industry agenda, vessel operating speeds are under increasing scrutiny, with some even proposing speed limits at sea to help reduce fuel consumption and take a step towards future decarbonisation targets. This week’s Analysis looks at the significance of tracking trends in speed over the last decade and going forward.

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The US-China ‘trade war’ has been back in the headlines after reports of a tentative preliminary deal between the countries. The dispute, which began in earnest in Q1 2018, has impacted seaborne trade patterns and global economic sentiment, and suggestions that an initial deal could be reached would be encouraging. Yet clear hurdles and uncertainty remain, whilst trade tensions elsewhere also continue.

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Last week our cross-sector earnings index, the ClarkSea, recorded its biggest ever weekly percentage move (23% to $20,096/day), and this week we have another record, including the biggest absolute increase (55% to $31,207/day). The current spike is very much tanker driven (VLCCs: $307,888/day!) and this week’s Analysis discusses the background, previous spikes, and some of the longer term trends.

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In April 2018 the IMO adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships which set out three main targets for the shipping industry, in terms of average CO2 intensity in 2030 and 2050, and total CO2 emissions in 2050. These goals, in particular the 2050 absolute target (a 50% reduction) and the transition to alternative fuels (see SIW 1,391), are now a significant focus of attention.

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